Megadeth – Holy Wars…The Punishment Due

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“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: it opens with a fast thrash section, shifting at 2:26 after an acoustic bridge by Marty Friedman to a different, slower and heavier section called “The Punishment Due”, interspersed by two guitar solos played by Friedman, before speeding up again with a third and final solo played during this segment by Dave Mustaine. The entire song is commonly referred to as “Holy Wars”, with “The Punishment Due” referring to the heavier slower section.

The lyrics deal with global religious conflict, particularly in Israel and Northern Ireland. “The Punishment Due” is based on the popular Marvel comic book character, the Punisher.

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