Megadeth - Holy Wars… The Punishment Due (Music Video)
  • Although not the only reason why this album was so good, but definitely one of the big reasons, is the addition of Marty Friedman into the band
  • Both of the players demonstrated extreme talent on their guitars and they wrote some very interesting neoclassical shred pieces in my opinion, a genre that typically doesn’t really draw much attention from me
  • Just from this description alone, you could assume that this album, or at least the guitars are bare minimum, would be something amazing, and that was certainly the case
  • Rust In Peace is easily my favorite Megadeth record and I believe it’s an excellent example of what thrash metal is
  • The only problem I had with this music video is that the skydiving scene struck me as being completely random and out of context



    • by Grimmy101
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      Overview – Holy Wars… The Punishment Due, the lead off track of Megadeth’s most acclaimed record, Rust In Peace, is only one of nine examples of why this album is praised to highly. Although not the only reason why this album was so good, but definitely one of the big reasons, is the addition of Marty Friedman into the band. I’m not sure how many of you have heard Cacophony, the music project between Jason Becker and Marty Friedman, but the two albums that those two released together, Speed Metal Symphony and Go Off, were just incredible. Both of the players demonstrated extreme talent on their guitars and they wrote some very interesting neoclassical shred pieces in my opinion, a genre that typically doesn’t really draw much attention from me. So now you have to put things in perspective, Megadeth has two guitarists: Dave Mustaine, one of the most praised rhythm guitarists in heavy metal arguably behind only James Hetfield of Metallica and you have Marty Friedman, a guitarist who proved he could shred while keeping an extreme sense of melodies in his solos. Just from this description alone, you could assume that this album, or at

      least the guitars are bare minimum, would be something amazing, and that was certainly the case. Rust In Peace is easily my favorite Megadeth record and I believe it’s an excellent example of what thrash metal is. Not since this record’s release has the band been able to put out something close to it.

      The Song – This track, as the title suggests is split into two parts: Holy Wars and The Punishment Due. The first half, Holy Wars, is really driven on one main guitar riffs and a few variations on it throughout as well. The introduction to this song is extremely aggressive on every instrument, not just the guitars, and the riff itself is just great, one of the best riffs throughout all of Megadeth’s catalogue to be honest, or at least one of my favorites. Holy Wars is pretty straightforward for the most part, and although the parts themselves are actually really good, there isn’t much to describe about them. One interesting thing is that the transition out of Holy Wars and into The Punishment Due is that Friedman plays a Spanish style guitar solo, something that Megadeth haven’t even ever come close to ...


      • experimenting with at this point in their career, just an example of something different and interesting that Friedman brought with him into Megadeth. To balance out with this, the next part, The Punishment Due starts off at a pretty moderately paced tempo. To be honest, the first half of The Punishment Due isn’t all that interesting to me, although it isn’t bad, but the second half is just excellent. After some of Friedman’s more melodic solos on the track, Mustaine picks up with a very fast rhythm and the song really takes off again giving way to one final solo, played by Mustaine, where there’s really a lot of energy behind it. One thing I noticed, particularly on this track, was that Mustaine played the really edgy and aggressive solo while Friedman handled the more melodic ones, although they were still quite good. Overall, Holy Wars… The Punishment Due is an excellent song and features some of Megadeth’s better work musically and vocally throughout their career.

        The Video – The music video for this track is pretty much a performance music video with some clips of violence and conflict throughout the world. Some of the violence in this

        video appeared to be more like it was police, but for the most part, a lot of the conflicts shown in this video are military conflicts taking place in a desert like setting in what looks to be The Middle East. To be honest, the clips actually match up with the lyrics and just the general subject matter pretty nicely so I have to give Megadeth praise for that at least. I also have to admit that the performance of this aspect was excellent as well. I’m not a huge fan of performance music videos but it was great watching Megadeth performing this song, particularly Mustaine’s solo section. The only problem I had with this music video is that the skydiving scene struck me as being completely random and out of context. The rest of this music video is filled with scenes of the band performing or some type of conflict that had happened in some part of the world, and then in the middle of this song you have a skydiving scene, it just didn’t fit to me at all. Aside from this, the rest of the music video is very solid and it’s set to one of Megadeth’s best songs.


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