Holy Wars . . . The Punishment Due


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Megadeth - Holy Wars... The Punishment Due

The opening track of 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". The entire song is generally referred to as simply "Holy Wars". The lyrical theme of "Holy Wars" deals with the Northern Ireland conflict, in which the Catholic were against the Protestants, and Mustaine's feelings concerning religion. 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. Dave also stated at a gig at Rock City (Nottingham, U.K. 18 February 2008) that it was at this venue that he wrote Holy Wars, after they travelled there from Ireland in a bullet proof bus. "The Punishment Due" is based on the popular Marvel comic book character, The Punisher


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  1. cheer
    3 years, 4 months ago

    love you ....
    and I'm proud of you all
  2. The Death Lovers
    The Death Lovers
    8 years, 1 month ago

    the last cd's they made really impressed me and by the way, all people who like metallica also like megadeth cause Dave Mustain (Ex Metallica solo guitarist and now Megadeth lead singer) made their first song on kill'em all songs demo (mostly wrote by Dave Mustain) and i wonder why the solo make me feel ,,, Wahoo ;)
  3. damian
    8 years, 4 months ago

    MEGADETH es lo mejor del metal!! aprendan manga de putos
  4. otto
    8 years, 5 months ago

    this is one of the best songs ever by Megadeth -and one of the best metal songs ever.Bad ass riffs
  5. Aykut Yalçınkaya
    Aykut Yalçınkaya
    8 years, 10 months ago

    Dave Mustaine ni kovarak tarihin en büyük metal müzik hatasını Metallica yaptı bence
  6. Josh
    8 years, 11 months ago

    Song kicks ass!!!
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Artist: Megadeth
Video title: Holy Wars . . . The Punishment Due
Category: Thrash Metal
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