Released: September 24, 1990 

Rust in Peace

Rust in Peace is held in high regard in the metal community as one of the best thrash/speed metal albums of all time; debuting at #23 on the Billboard 200 in the U.S. and #8 in the U.K. The album showcased a much tighter sound, with Mustaine's writing style adopting a rhythmically complex progressive edge. The musicianship is tight, lyrics are personal, and the sense of amazement never ends. Quite possibly the best combination of intensity and technicality to be found. The album received Grammy nominations in 1990 and 1991 for Best Metal Performance.

  • Holy Wars...The Punishment Due

    Holy Wars...The Punishment Due

    Music & Lyrics by: Mustaine

    Brother will kill brother
    Spilling blood across the land
    Killing for religion
    Something I don't understand

    Fools like me who cross the sea
    And come to foreign lands
    Ask the sheep for their beliefs
    Do you kill on God's command?

    A country that's divided
    Surely will not stand
    My past erased, no more disgrace
    No foolish naive stand

    The end is near, it's crystal clear
    Part of the master plan
    Don't look now to Israel
    It might be your homeland

    Holy wars

    Up on my podium, as the
    Know-it-all scholar
    Down in my seat of judgement
    Gavel's bang, uphold the law
    Up on my soapbox, a leader
    Out to change the world
    Down in my pulpit as the holier-than-thou
    Could-be-messenger of God

    Wage the war on organized crime
    Sneak attacks, rappel down the rocks
    Behind the lines
    Some people risk to employ me
    Some people live to destroy me
    Either way they die, they die

    Solo - Friedman

    They killed my wife and my baby,
    With hopes to enslave me
    First mistake... last mistake!
    Paid by the alliance, to slay all the giants
    Next mistake... no more mistakes!

    Solo - Friedman
    Solo - Mustaine

    Fill the cracks in with judicial granite
    Because I don't say it, don't mean I ain't thinking it
    Next thing you know, they'll take my thoughts away
    I know what I said, now I must scream
    Of the overdose and the lack of mercy killings
    Mercy killings, mercy killings, killings, killings, killings
    Next thing you know they'll take my thoughts away
  • Hangar 18

    Hangar 18

    Music & Lyrics by: Mustaine

    Welcome to our fortress tall
    I'll take some time to show you around
    Impossible to break these walls
    For you see the steel is much too strong
    Computer banks to rule the world
    Instruments to sight the stars

    Possibly I've seen to much
    Hangar 18 I know too much

    Solo - Friedman

    Foreign life forms inventory
    Suspended state of cryogenics
    Selective amnesia's the story
    Believed foretold but who'd suspect
    Military intelligence
    Two words combined that can't make sense

    Possibly I've seen to much
    Hangar 18 I know too much

    Solo - Friedman
    Solo - Friedman

    Solo - Mustaine
    Solo - Friedman
    Solo - Mustaine
    Solo - Friedman
    Solo - Mustaine
  • Take No Prisoners

    Take No Prisoners

    Music & Lyrics by: Mustaine

    Got one chance, infiltrate them
    Get it right, terminate them
    The Panzers will permeate them
    Break their pride, denigrate them
    And their people, retrograde them
    Typhus, deteriorate them
    Epidemic, devastate them
    Take no prisoners, cremate them
    Burn!

    Going to war, give them hell
    D-Day, next stop Normandy
    Beginning of the end
    We know how to and sure as shit we'll win
    War is peace, sure man
    A retreat for the damned
    A playground for the demented
    A haven for those who walk this world
    Bereft of heart and soul

    Love and war, they say all is fair
    Take his life but won't take his hair
    Your body has parts, your country spares
    By the way son, here's your wheelchair

    He once had to be all he could be
    Now he's nothing for no one, nowhere to see
    Funny thing, he's like you and me
    It's a funny thing, funny thing

    Tears streak his solemn stare
    Abandoned for wreckage, nobody cares
    No one knew what would happen there
    No one spoke, no one even dared

    Don't ask what you can do for your country
    Ask what your country can do for you

    Solo - Friedman

    Take no prisoners, take no shit!
  • Five Magics

    Five Magics

    Music & Lyrics by: Mustaine

    Solo - Mustaine

    Bestow upon me magic
    Wizard, all knowing, all wise

    Solo - Friedman

    I want to rule my kingdom
    Make sweet the breeze that was defiled

    Solo - Friedman

    Dethrone the evil prince's iron fists
    In velvet gloves of sin

    Solo - Friedman

    Parade the grey robed monks
    The vestal virgins, wheel the wyvern's in

    Solo - Friedman
    Solo - Friedman

    Let the ceremony consecrate the marriage
    Let me be the protege of five magics

    Give me alchemy, give me sorcery
    Give me wizardry, thermatology
    Electricity, master all of these
    Magic if you please, bring him to his knees

    I master five magics, I master five magics
    I master five magics, I master five magics

    Possessed with hellish torment, possessed with hellish torment
    I master magics five, I master magics five
    Hunting the abyss lord, hunting the abyss lord
    Only one will stay alive, only one will stay alive
    He who lives by the sword, he who lives by the sword
    Will surely also die, will surely also die
    He who lives in sin, he who lives in sin
    Will surely live the lie

    Solo - Mustaine
  • Poison Was the Cure

    Poison Was the Cure

    Music & Lyrics by: Mustaine

    I miss the warm embrace I felt
    First time you touched me
    Secure and safe in open arms
    I should have known you'd crush me

    A snake you were when we met
    I loved you anyway
    Pulling out your poisoned fangs
    The venom never goes away

    Serpent swims free in my blood
    Dragons sleeping in my veins
    Jackyl speaking with tongue
    Roach egg-laying in my brain

    Stalked beneath your shadow
    Sleepwalking to the gallows
    I'm the sun that beats your brow in
    Till I finally threw the towel in

    Never knowing if I'd wake up in a
    Whirlpool got redundant
    My brain was just some driftwood
    In a cesspool I became dead
    From a rock star to a desk fool
    Was my destiny someone said
    Life's a tide pool
    Taste the waters life's abundant
    Taste me

    Solo - Mustaine
    Solo - Friedman
  • Lucretia

    Lucretia

    Music by: Mustaine/Ellefson

    Lyrics by: Mustaine

    Sitting up late at night
    I tiptoe through the darkness
    Cold as hell, black as spades
    Aware of my immediate surrounding
    In my place, I escape
    Up into my hideout
    Hiding from everyone
    My friends all say
    Dave you're mental anyway, hey!
    Drift into a deeper state
    I stalk the cobwebbed stairways
    Dirt grits beneath my feet
    The stair creaks, I precariously sneak

    Hypnosis guides my hand
    I slipside through the walkways
    Sit in granny's rocking chair
    Memories are whirling by, yeah!
    Reminisce in the attic
    Lucretia waits impatiently
    Cobwebs make me squint
    The cobra so eloquently glints
    Moonbeams surge through the sky
    The crystal ball is energized
    Surely that like the cat waiting
    Lucretia rocks away

    Solo - Friedman
    Solo - Mustaine
  • Tornado of Souls

    Tornado of Souls

    Music by: Mustaine

    Lyrics by: Mustaine/Ellefson

    This morning I made the call
    The one that ends it all
    Hanging up I wanted to cry
    But damm it this well's gone dry
    Not for the money, not for the fame
    Not for the power, just no more games

    But, now I'm safe in the eye of the tornado
    I can't replace the lies that let a 1000 days go
    No more living trapped inside
    In her way I'll surely die
    In the eye of the tornado, blow me away

    You'll grow to loathe my name
    You'll hate me just the same
    You won't need your breath
    And soon you'll meet your death
    Not from the years, not from the use
    Not from the tears, just self abuse

    But, now I'm safe in the eye of the tornado
    I can't replace the lies that let a 1000 days go
    No more living trapped inside
    In her way I'll surely die
    In the eye of the tornado, blow me away

    Who's to say what's for me to say
    Who's to say what's for me to be
    Who's to say what's for me to do
    Cause a big nothing it'll be for me

    The land of opportunity
    The golden chance for me
    My future looks so bright
    Now, I think I've seen the light

    Solo - Friedman

    Can't say what's on my mind
    Can't do what I really feel
    In this bed I made for me
    Is where I sleep, I really feel

    I warn you of the fate, proven true to late
    Your tongue twist perverse, come drink now of this curse
    And now I fill your brain, I spin you round again
    My poison fills your head as I tuck you into bed
    You feel my fingertips, you won't forget my lips
    You'll feel my cold breath; it's the kiss of death
  • Dawn Patrol

    Dawn Patrol

    Music by: Ellefson

    Lyrics by: Mustaine

    Thermal count is rising
    In perpetual writhing
    The primordial ooze
    And the sanity they lose

    Awakened in the morning
    To more air pollution warnings
    Still we sleepwalk off to work
    While our nervous systems jerk

    Pretending not to notice
    How history had forebode us
    With the green house in effect
    Our environment was wrecked

    Now, I can only laugh
    As I read our epitaph
    We end our lives as moles
    In the dark of dawn patrol
  • Rust in Peace...Polaris

    Rust in Peace...Polaris

    Music & Lyrics by: Mustaine

    Tremble you weaklings, cower in fear
    I am your ruler land, sea and air
    Immense in my girth, erect I stand tall
    I am a nuclear murderer, I am Polaris
    Ready to pounce at the touch of a button
    My system locked in on military gluttons
    I rule on land, air and sea
    Pass judgement on humanity
    Winds blow from the bowels of hell
    Will we give warning, only time will tell
    Satan rears his ugly head, to spit into the wind

    I spread disease like a dog
    Discharge my payload a mile high
    Rotten egg air of death wrestles your nostrils

    Launch the Polaris
    The end doesn't scare us
    When will this cease?
    The warheads will all rust in peace

    Bomb shelters filled to the brim
    Survival is such a silly whim
    World leaders sell missiles cheap
    Your stomach turns, your flesh creeps
    I rule on land, air and sea
    Pass judgement on humanity
    Winds blow from the bowels of hell
    Will we give warning, only time will tell

    I spread disease like a dog
    Discharge my payload a mile high
    Rotten egg air of death wrestles your nostrils

    Launch the Polaris
    The end doesn't scare us
    When will this cease?
    The warheads will all rust in peace

    High priest of holocaust, fire from the sea
    Nuclear winter spreading disease
    The day of final conflict all pay the price
    The third world war rapes peace, takes life
    Back to the start, talk of the part
    When the earth was cold as ice
    Total dismay as the sun passed away
    And the days were black as night

    I spread disease like a dog
    Discharge my payload a mile high
    Rotten egg air of death wrestles your nostrils

    Launch the Polaris
    The end doesn't scare us
    When will this cease?
    The warheads will all rust in peace

    Eradication of Earth's population loves
    Polaris

    Solo - Friedman

    Eradication of Earth's population loves
    Polaris
  • My Creation [2004 Reissue Bonus Track]

    My Creation [2004 Reissue Bonus Track]

    Music by: Mustaine/Menza

    Lyrics by: Mustaine

    I will give you life
    You'll serve only me
    And my will to kill
    You will kill for me

    All that I desire
    All that I command
    You are here for me
    I'm your Master

    Solo - Mustaine

    My creation

    Solo - Mustaine

    I will make for you
    A soul mate to love
    Unlike your love for me
    And you will take my name

    She will be your bride
    She will serve me too
    And I will introduce you to
    The Bride of Frankenstein
  • Rust in Peace...Polaris (Demo) [2004 Reissue Bonus Track]

    Rust in Peace...Polaris (Demo) [2004 Reissue Bonus Track]

    Music & Lyrics by: Mustaine

    Tremble you weaklings, cower in fear
    I am your ruler land, sea and air
    Immense in my girth, erect I stand tall
    I am a nuclear murderer, I am Polaris
    Ready to pounce at the touch of a button
    My systems stockpiled for military gluttons
    I rule on land, air and sea
    Pass judgement on humanity
    Winds blow from the bowels of hell
    Will we give warning, only time will tell
    Satan rears his ugly head, to spit into the wind

    I spread disease like a dog
    Discharge my payload a mile high
    Rotten egg air of death wrestles your nostrils

    Launch the Polaris
    The end doesn't scare us
    When will this cease?
    The warheads will all rust in peace

    Bomb shelters filled to the brim
    Survival is such a silly whim
    World leaders sell missiles cheap
    Your stomach turns, my flesh creeps
    I rule on land, air and sea
    Pass judgement on humanity
    Winds blow from the bowels of hell
    Will we give warning, only time will tell

    I spread disease like a dog
    Discharge my payload a mile high
    Rotten egg air of death wrestles your nostrils

    Launch the Polaris
    The end doesn't scare us
    When will this cease?
    The warheads will all rust in peace

    High priest of holocaust, fire from the sea
    Nuclear winter spreading disease
    The day of final conflict all pay the price
    The third world war rapes peace, takes life
    Back to the start, talk of the part
    When the earth was cold as ice
    Total dismay as the sun passed away
    And the days were black as night

    I spread disease like a dog
    Discharge my payload a mile high
    Rotten egg air of death wrestles your nostrils

    Launch the Polaris
    The end doesn't scare us
    When will this cease?
    The warheads will all rust in peace

    Eradication of Earth's population loves
    Polaris

    Solo - Poland

    Eradication of Earth's population loves
    Polaris
  • Holy Wars...The Punishment Due (Demo) [2004 Reissue Bonus Track]

    Holy Wars...The Punishment Due (Demo) [2004 Reissue Bonus Track]

    Music & Lyrics by: Mustaine

    Brother will kill brother
    Spilling blood across the land
    Killing for religion
    Something I don't understand

    Fools like me who cross the sea
    And come to foreign lands
    Ask the sheep for their beliefs
    Do you kill on God's command?

    A country that's divided
    Surely will not stand
    My past erased, no more disgrace
    No foolish naive stand

    The end is near, it's crystal clear
    Part of the master plan
    Don't look now to Israel
    It might be your homeland

    Holy wars

    Down on my podium, as the
    Know-it-all scholar
    Down in my seat of judgement
    Gavel's bang, uphold the law
    Up on my soapbox, a leader
    Out to change the world
    In my pulpit as the holier-than-thou
    Could-be-messenger of God

    Wage the war on organized crime
    Sneak attacks, rappel down the rocks
    Behind the lines
    Some people risk to employ me
    Some people live to destroy me
    Either way they die, they die

    Solo - Poland

    They killed my wife and my baby,
    With hopes to enslave me
    First mistake... last mistake!
    Paid by the alliance, to slay all the giants
    Next mistake... no more mistakes!

    Solo - Poland
    Solo - Mustaine

    Fill the cracks in with judicial granite
    Because I don't say it, don't mean I ain't thinking it
    Next thing you know, they'll take my thoughts away
    I know what I said, now I must scream
    Of the overdose and the lack of mercy killings
    Mercy killings, mercy killings, killings, killings, killings
    Next thing you know they'll take my thoughts away
  • Take No Prisoners (Demo) [2004 Reissue Bonus Track]

    Take No Prisoners (Demo) [2004 Reissue Bonus Track]

    Music & Lyrics by: Mustaine

    Got one chance, infiltrate them
    Get it right, terminate them
    The Panzers will permeate them
    Break their pride, denigrate them
    And their people, retrograde them
    Typhus, deteriorate them
    Epidemic, devastate them
    Take no prisoners, cremate them
    Burn!

    Going to war, give them hell
    D-Day, next stop Normandy
    Beginning of the end
    We know how to and sure as shit we'll win
    War is peace, sure man
    A retreat for the damned
    A playground for the demented
    A haven for those who walk this world
    Bereft of heart and soul

    Love and war, they say all is fair
    Take his life but won't take his hair
    Your body has parts, your country spares
    Son, here's your wheelchair

    He once had to be all he could be
    Now he's nothing for no one, nowhere to see
    Funny thing, he's like you and me
    It's a funny thing, funny thing

    Tears streak his solemn stare
    Abandoned for wreckage, nobody cares
    No one knew what would happen there
    No one spoke, no one even dared

    Don't ask what you can do for your country
    Ask what your country can do for you

    Solo - Poland

    Take no prisoners, take no shit!
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