The Megadeth Album That Finally Made Ozzy Osbourne a Fan

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There’s a specific Megadeth album that not only turned Ozzy Osbourne into a fan of the Los Angeles, California thrash metal act but also made him realize just how good of a band they are.

Megadeth was formed in 1983 following Dave Mustaine being fired from Metallica. Two years later, the band released their studio album debut, titled Killing Is My Business… and Business Is Good!. From there, they have gone on to release 15 more studio albums, their most recent being 2022’s The Sick, the Dying… and the Dead!.

In a 2017 feature with Rolling Stone, Osbourne shared his top 10 favorite heavy metal albums. The list includes all bangers, and among those albums he shouts out is a Megadeth album.

While Megadeth has made a handful of truly thrilling thrash metal experiences, what’s particularly interesting regarding this shoutout is that, according to Osbourne, this is the album that got him to realize how good Megadeth is.

Per the quote he provides regarding this release, Osbourne says, “I never realized how good this band was until I heard this album.”

Of all of Megadeth’s albums, which one is the heavy metal legend referring to? That Megadeth album is none other than 1990’s Rust In Peace, the band’s fourth studio album.

Along with being the first Megadeth album to feature guitarist Marty Friedman and the late drummer Nick Menza, Rust In Peace has cemented itself as one of the most beloved releases from the thrash band. It features the songs “Hangar 18” and  “Holy Wars… The Punishment Due”, which have become some of Megadeth’s biggest hits.

With its array of thrilling and technically riveting instrumentation, Rust In Peace is considered one of the greatest thrash metal albums of all time.

While the first three Megadeth albums are great in their own right, it’s understandable that Rust In Peace would be the album to make an impression on Osbourne. For you Megadeth fans out there, which of the band’s albums turned you into a fan of them? In other band-related news, we recently wrote about the 10 greatest Megadeth songs of all time.