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YouTube Uploader: Gabriel Käfer
Gabriel Käfer

Bootleg kind: Multicam Mix (Youtube Compilation)
Location: Credicard Hall, São Paulo, Brazil
Date: April 24th, 2010
RUST IN PEACE 20th Anniversary Tour

Gabriel Kafer (gfk47) - Video Editing
Vinícius Gentile -- Production
Senna & Danilo -- Audio Recording

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Intro - Dialectic Chaos (Endgame / 2009)
This Day We Fight! (Endgame / 2009)
In My Darkest Hour (So Far, So Good... So What! / 1988)
Sweating Bullets (Countdown To Extinction / 1992)
Skin O' My Teeth (Countdown To Extinction / 1992)
Holy Wars...The Punishment Due (Rust In Peace / 1990)
Hangar 18 (Rust In Peace / 1990)
Take No Prisoners (Rust In Peace / 1990)Five Magics (Rust In Peace / 1990)
Poison Was The Cure (Rust In Peace / 1990)
Lucretia (Rust In Peace / 1990)
Tornado Of Souls (Rust In Peace / 1990)
Dawn Patrol (Rust In Peace / 1990)
Rust In Peace... Polaris (Rust In Peace / 1990)
Trust (Cripting Writings / 1997)
Head Crusher (Endgame / 2009)
The Right To Go Insane (Endgame / 2009)
She-Wolf (Cripting Writings / 1997)
Symphony Of Destruction (Countdown To Extinction / 1992)
A Tout Le Monde (Youthanasia / 1994)
Peace Sells (Peace Sells... But Who's Buying? / 1986)
Holy Wars - Reprise


Retrieved from Wikipedia:
Holy Wars... The Punishment Due on Wikipedia
"Holy Wars... The Punishment Due"
Megadeth - Holy Wars.jpg
Single by Megadeth
from the album Rust in Peace
ReleasedSeptember 23, 1990
GenreThrash metal
Writer(s)Dave Mustaine
Producer(s)Dave Mustaine
Megadeth singles chronology

"Holy Wars…The Punishment Due" is the opening track of thrash metal band Megadeth's 1990 album Rust in Peace. The song has an unusual structure, shifting at 2:26 after an acoustic bridge by Marty Friedman to a different, slower and heavier section called "The Punishment Due", before speeding up again. The entire song is commonly referred to as "Holy Wars".

The lyrics deal with the Northern Ireland conflict. In an interview with the UK magazine Guitarist, Mustaine says that he was inspired to write the song in Northern Ireland, when he discovered bootlegged Megadeth T-shirts were on sale and was dissuaded from taking action to have them removed on the basis that they were part of fund raising activities for "The Cause" (i.e. the Provisional Irish Republican Army).[1] "The Punishment Due" is based on the popular Marvel comic book character, the Punisher.[2]

A cover version of the song is playable in the band simulation game Rock Revolution. The master recording is purchasable as part of the Rust in Peace album pack on the Rock Band band simulation platform, is playable in the Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock game,[3] and is available as DLC for Rocksmith 2014. The "Holy Wars…The Punishment Due" video was filmed in August 1990 (around the time of the Gulf War in 1990). It depicts news footage of various armed conflicts, mainly from the Middle East interspliced with footage of the band playing.


  • 1 Personnel
  • 2 CD single track listing
  • 3 Charts
  • 4 Notes
  • 5 External links


  • Dave Mustaine – lead vocals, guitar
  • David Ellefson – bass, backing vocals
  • Nick Menza – drums, percussion
  • Marty Friedman – guitar

CD single track listing

7" edition

  1. Holy Wars…The Punishment Due
  2. Lucretia

12" edition

  1. Holy Wars…The Punishment Due
  2. Interview with Dave Mustaine

12" edition

  1. Holy Wars…The Punishment Due
  2. Lucretia
  3. Interview with Dave Mustaine (Edited)

CD edition

  1. Holy Wars…The Punishment Due
  2. Lucretia
  3. Interview with Dave Mustaine (Edited)
  • Capitol Records


  1. ^ The Realms of Deth - Megadeth Interviews - Dave the Human, Mustaine the Artist
  2. ^ The Realms of Deth - Megadeth Lyrics - Rust in Peace
  3. ^ McElroy, Griffin. "Full Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock track list revealed". 
  4. ^ Pennanen, Timo. Sisältää hitin: levyt ja esittäjät Suomen musiikkilistoilla vuodesta 1972. Otava Publishing Company Ltd, 2003. ISBN 951-1-21053-X
  5. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Megadeth". Irish Singles Chart.
  6. ^ "Megadeth: Artist Chart History" Official Charts Company.

External links

  • Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics

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