Let me start out to say that the
"Rust In Peace" (RIP)
album was the very first metal album I have ever received. This is the
album that started it all for me. I had turned 11 years old two months
before I received this record. What a record to start off with! RIP is
still considered today as Megadeth's finest work to date by the
hardcore fans and to people that are not so into them. Most other
critics would also agree that RIP holds a place in Metal history as one
of the genre's greatest albums.
Recently, Megadeth has remixed, re-mastered and
re-released it's whole album catalog. Although, I have not purchased
all of the remixes I have bought four of them. RIP was the hardest
to find due to the popularity of this album. I also picked up "Peace
Sells...", "So Far...So Good..", and "Youthanasia".
are all stunning, but none of them hold a candle to RIP's remix.
To begin with the original recording. I
who to blame on this because I wasn't there, but the shear quality of
the original recording was really bad and not up to par with other
recordings of the same time period. The levels weren't there, the sound
quality was just not good at all. I noticed this even before I went to
school for sound engineering. The songs themselves were excellent but
the recording didn't do it any justice at all. The overall recording
was muffled and the levels were low. When I write "Levels" what I mean
is when you put the CD into special players, that allow you see what
decibel level the album is at, it doesn't even come close to today's
standards, but that's to be expected, right? Well, I also put Metallica's
"Master Of Puppets" album on the same CD player with that meter, and
the levels on that were normal for that time period, RIP's were not.
But again, the songs are fucking great!! GRR!!!
I was hoping to g-d someday that they would at least
re-master it or do something so the levels would be at todays standards.
Dave Mustaine did one better, he remixed and redid everything to it and
oh my lord everyone...it fucking rocks!!! My first taste of it was when
they released Track 1 on MP3 on Megadeth's website and I could
immediately hear the difference. The drums for example, were bumped up
in the mix, the muffle on them was gone and a better reverb was added on
the toms. For the vocals, again, they were too bumped up in the mix and
a bit cleared up other than that, that's all I could tell from a crummy
mp3 I would have to go into deeper analysis when I buy the CD with
better audio quality and something that I could crank in my car.
I could go through each and every track with you, but
this review would go on forever so I'll give you the most major and
most welcomed changes that came with this remix.
This song is in every Megadeth
fan's top 10 list. No
exceptions. The snare was the very first thing I noticed, it was clearer
and more defined in the mix and the overall sound of the snare drum
sounds more natural. For all you drummers and drum techs, the snare
actually sounds like it's maple! Also, if all you knit pickers out
there (like me) will notice that after the millions of solos in this
song, the drop off in overall mix level has finally been fixed! On the
original mix, there was a 1/4 second of drop off in overall sound level
after a solo was completed, mainly from the Max Norman (original mixer)
trying his best to make the solo's shine in the song by turning the
rest of the mix down and by automation on the soundboard turn them back
up after the solos were done. Most people don't notice this, but now
you will, now that I have mentioned it.
With this song and "Holy Wars" we see the largest
improvement. If these songs were brand new, there wouldn't be a metal
band on the planet that could compete with their brutal heaviness,
technicality and lyric writing.
"Take No Prisoners" (I know, I promised I wouldnąt
go through every song...)
This song has the most obvious change to it that
everyone would know. The vocals sound completely different. I don't
know if it was mixing work or if Mustaine himself re-sung all the vocals
including the backing vocals within the first verse. Through out the
whole song, the vocals stand out more than anything else. Well worth
taking a look.
"Rust In Peace...Polaris" (demo)
It came as a shock to me when I found that Chris
Poland (lead guitar on "Killing Is My business.." and "Peace
played the solo's this demo and the other demo songs too.
The vocals on the demo were done almost 180 degrees from the original or
final outcome of the song. This track sounds a lot more bluesy than the
original. Poland's guitar solo's sound strange too, sounds more like
an old 80's keyboard than a guitar.
Overall I have to say, that if you are a true metal
head, a fan of the genre or anyone who just likes heavy music, has to
buy this album if you don't have it already. To those who have the
original, get the remix. It's 100% better than the original mix. This
CD is going to be in my car for a long time cranking it out at high
levels and annoying the other drivers around me. RIP should be in
everyone's collection as a "must have" along with "Draconian
by Paradise Lost, "Master Of Puppets" by Metallica, "Burn My
by Machine Head or "The Cold White Light" by Sentenced or whatever
album floats your boat.
Friends, If you have read my reviews, you know I never
give out 10's on any CD that comes across me. I have 450 CD's in my
collection spanning 11 or 12 years of CD collecting and there is only 9
or 10 CD's in my collection that rate a 10. The original mix of RIP was
a 10 and the remix, sonically, defeats it 100 fold. In my rating system
I cannot rate above 10. The remix is a 10 easily and the original
would drop to a 8 by todays standards just by sound quality.
GO FUCKING GET THIS YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED! AND THAT IS THE BOTTOM