“Rust in Peace: The Inside Story Of The Megadeth Masterpiece” is the title of Dave Mustaine’s new book and it has been available since last Tuesday in online stores in its original language; and although, Mustaine already has an autobiography to his credit and there are dozens of books by various authors that may already reveal this part of the band’s life; This new work tries to be the one that helps fans understand the conditions in which one of the best metal albums in history was created, and the one that has been considered countless times as the best work of the group.
The book promises revelations in the process of building what was for the first time Megadeth’s stable lineup: Mustaine, Marty Friedman (guitar), David Ellefson (bass), and Nick Menza (drums); going through the separation of the first formation of the band caused by the fame, the excesses of drug consumption and the fortune that they obtained in the late 80s and early 90s.
Rust in Peace: The Inside Story of the Megadeth Masterpiece a new oral-history book by Dave Mustaine, chronicles the withdrawals and growing pains that fueled the group’s watershed record:
In the years leading up to the creation of one of the defining albums of thrash metal, Megadeth’s 1990 LP Rust in Peace, the band members were going through hell. Frontman Dave Mustaine and bassist David Ellefson had formed the group in 1983, after Mustaine’s ejection from Metallica, and even though they had already released three underground hit records, the band was far from stable. Drug abuse and in-fighting led to the departure of half its original lineup, and by the mid-Eighties, those same forces were about to expel those musicians’ replacements from the band.
Rust in Peace: The Inside Story of the Megadeth Masterpiece, a new oral-history book by Mustaine and co-author Joel Selvin, chronicles the withdrawals and growing pains that fueled the group’s watershed record, which Rolling Stone dubbed one of the 100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time.
In this exclusive excerpt, Mustaine and Ellefson are both strung out while on tour supporting their 1988 album, So Far, So Good … So What! The rest of the book explains how they courted Pantera’s Dimebag Darrell for the lead guitarist position and settled on the lineup that would propel them to commercial success a few years later on 1992’s Countdown to Extinction. Throughout the book, the musicians and their friends often offer clashing, yet compelling, recollections of the events that marked the album’s genesis. But as the excerpt shows, before they could write Rust in Peace‘s headbanging classics “Hangar 18,” “Holy Wars … the Punishment Due,” and “Tornado of Souls,” they first had to kick their bad habits.
“Rust in peace” is not only the name of one of Megadeth’s best albums, which positioned them as a band of crowds, now it is also the title of the book that celebrates 30 years of the release of the album that promises to give us a good idea of the story behind the music, told by none other than the protagonist himself: Dave Mustaine.