I chose this gnarly piece of heavy metal literature because I have been enamored by Megadeth lately. I remember when I first heard Rust In Peace, I was probably 14 or 15 years old. I remember feeling intimidated at the musicianship, and I didn’t even play an instrument at the time. Of course, now I understand that Rust In Peace saw one of the most legendary musician lineups heavy metal has ever seen. The guitar duo of Dave Mustaine and Marty Friedman easily destroys nearly every other duo in history. Then add Nick Menza and Dave Ellefson to the equation and it is no wonder that album is glorified in metal lore.
More importantly, I have recently revisited the rivalry between Metallica and Megadeth. Mostly because I can’t stomach any Metallica effort following the Black Album. And while they’ve become heavy metal primadonna’s, Megadeth is STILL heavy and technical as hell. Needless to say I have begun rooting for Mustaine and realized that he is indeed the face of thrash metal… the Godfather.
I decided to pick up his memoir to get to the bottom of the fallout with Metallica, get to know Dave’s background and childhood, and hopefully get a glimpse into the mysterious life of a technical guitar wizard who essentially created an entire genre of music with his aggressive and technical style. I plan to review the book in parts instead of doing one large review at the end.
Stay tuned for Part One!