Here's what Rust In Peace would sound like if James Hetfield fronted Megadeth

A mashup of Megadeth instrumentals with James Hetfield's vocals
(Image credit: johnp82 | YouTube)

If you have the memory of an elephant and a fondness for metal mash-ups, then the name johnp82 should ring some bells.

Several days after the release of the Metallica single Lux Æterna, YouTuber John had uploaded his own take on the first single from the band's upcoming album 72 Seasons. In a moment of inspired genius, he dubbed James Hetfield's vocals from the 1983 classic Hit The Lights over the new track and birthed an old school banger.

In the weeks since, he's been working away on splicing tracks from Megadeth's classic 1990 album Rust In Peace with James Hetfield's vocals from choice cuts from Metallica's earlier back catalogue. While it's unclear whether John will be uploading each reimagined Rust In Peace song in the coming weeks, he's certainly off to a flyer with a handful of tracks in the bag already. 

While Dave Mustaine and James Hetfield's relationship has been somewhat strained since the Megadeth frontman was fired by Metallica four decades ago, these mash-ups offer a tantalising glimpse of an alternate metal reality.

In other Megadeth news, the band recently added a run of summer European shows to their itinerary. 

The opening night of the tour will take place at the legendary Budokan in Tokyo on February 27. The show, which features special guest and former guitarist Marty Friedman, will be streamed live.

Catch the band at the following venues: 

27 Feb: Budokan, Tokyo, Japan
28 Feb: Osaka Grand Cube, Osaka, Japan
24 Mar: Flemington Racecourse, Knotfest Melbourne, Australia
25 Mar: Centennial Park, Knotfest Sydney, Australia
25 Feb: Showgrounds, Knotfest Brisbane, Australia
31 Mar: WestWorld, Arizona Bike Week, Scottsdale, AZ
16 Jul: Ohio State Reformatory, Inkcarceration Festival, Mansfield, OH
23 Jul: Spodek, Katowice, Poland
26 Jul: Tallinn Song Festival Grounds Sea Arena, Tallinn, Estonia
31 Jul: Annexet, Stockholm, Sweden
02 Aug: Smukfest 2023, Skanderborg Dyrehave, Denmark
04 Aug: Wacken Open Air, Wacken, Germany
10 Aug: Leyendas del Rock Festival, Alicante, Spain
13 Aug: Bloodstock Open Air, Catton Park, Walton on Trent, UK
16 Aug: Summer Breeze 2023, Dinkelsbuehl Airfield, Germany
17 Aug: Enteria Arena, Pardubice, Czech Republic
19 Aug: Dynamo Open Air, Eindhoven, Netherlands
22 Aug: Olympica, Paris, France
25 Aug: Riverside Festival, Aarburg, Switzerland

Simon Young

Born in 1976 in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Simon Young has been a music journalist for over twenty years. His fanzine, Hit A Guy With Glasses, enjoyed a one-issue run before he secured a job at Kerrang! in 1999. His writing has also appeared in Classic RockMetal HammerProg, and Planet Rock. His first book, So Much For The 30 Year Plan: Therapy? — The Authorised Biography is available via Jawbone Press.