Behold the thrashterpiece that is "R.I.P.", MEGADETH's greatest achievement to date.
Who would have thought it possible for an album of this calibre to see it's release dated post 1988-89 during Metal's depression, and when Thrash alone was said to have met it's demise.
I remember watching the video for "Hangar 18" (the first version). Forget about the song for a second (I know it's hard!), nothing is more Metal than MEGADETH playing inside a fenced cage while minions of ruthless fans thrash forward from the outskirts of Area 51! If that doesn't set the stage for a great album, you're better off sticking to Gn'R.
Upon its release, two occasions were marked. First, hails to Dave and Co. for sobering up. Honestly, it shows in the music guys. Just compare R.I.P. to any of their less concentrated (for lack of the term "sloppy") albums prior to this. Do you really think that something like "Holy Wars…", "Take No Prisoners", or "Rust In Peace" could have been conceived and performed the way it was with a belly full of booze, and a set of lungs full of pot?
Second - Deth had finally overthrown those who many consider to be their counterparts (think hard). Perhaps not so much in terms of sales, but as for musical quality, and listener/fan-satisfaction, this year it would be Vic Rattlehead waving the Blackened flag.
And how could anyone deny the victory? "Rust In Peace" shreds throughout the entire score! Cutting leads and chopping rhythm offered up from the new team of Friedman and Mustaine offered heads to the mercy of a tornado, (*raises eyebrow* of souls, shall we say? Heheh…) and new member no.2, Nick Menza had arrived, and it was clear that he was out to take no prisoners, or even any shit for that matter!
Need I really say more? Legend of this albums speaks volumes for itself, and some jack-ass writer from "The Metal Observer" can't possibly cover anything that hasn't already been said!