"Hangar 18" is a song by American thrash metal band Megadeth from their 1990 studio album Rust in Peace. The song was inspired by a mythical building purportedly located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio, where an alien spacecraft or bodies were supposedly stored. The song reached number 25 on the Irish Singles Chart,[2] also reached number 26 on the UK Singles Chart.[3]

"Hangar 18"
Single by Megadeth
from the album Rust in Peace
ReleasedFebruary 4, 1991 (February 4, 1991)
GenreThrash metal
Songwriter(s)Dave Mustaine
Megadeth singles chronology
"Holy Wars...The Punishment Due"
"Hangar 18"
"Symphony of Destruction"
Music video
"Hangar 18" on YouTube

Art edit

The cover of Rust in Peace, the album on which the song appears, depicts the band's mascot, Vic Rattlehead, and a number of world leaders viewing an alien in a cryogenic chamber, a clear reference to the track.[4] Both the album's cover and single art were designed by the same artist, Ed Repka.[5]

Music edit

"Hangar 18" (which was originally titled "N2RHQ") was one of a handful of Megadeth songs written for Dave Mustaine's first band, Panic.[6] A unique feature about the song is that the bass uses a different tuning from the two lead guitars, the bass being in Drop D[7] while the guitars are in standard tuning. The intro is a rapidly strummed version of the D minor arpeggio that Mustaine wrote for the Metallica instrumental track "The Call of Ktulu",[8] which was the final Metallica song for which he was given writing credit.

Sequel edit

A sequel to "Hangar 18", called "Return to Hangar" was included on Megadeth's ninth album The World Needs a Hero. It tells the fictional story of the life-forms said to be contained in Hangar 18 coming back to life and killing those inside the building before escaping.[9]

Recognition edit

"Hangar 18" was nominated for Best Metal Performance at the 34th Annual Grammy Awards.

The song won a Concrete Foundations Award for Top Radio Cut at the 1991 Foundations Forum.[10][11]

Accolades edit

Year Publication Country Accolade Rank
2022 Louder Sound United States The Top 20 Best Megadeth Songs Ranked[12] 3
2018 Billboard United Kingdom The 15 Best Megadeth Songs: Critic’s Picks[13] 4

Music video edit

The "Hangar 18" video is themed after the song's lyrical concept. It depicts the torture of aliens and, at the end, shows all the band members in freezing chambers. The video was shot at the Scattergood Generating Station.[14] It was filmed in one of the main power generating buildings and it was directed and produced by Primetime Emmy Award Winning Visual Effects Supervisor,[15] Paul Stephen Boyington,[16] Some of the performances and the visual effects for the video were created and produced at Boyington's visual effects studio in Culver City CA. Paul S. Boyington [15] also created the visual effects[17] for Tim Burton's[18] film Ed Wood.[19] Coincidentally, the band would film the video for "Crush 'Em" on this same site nine years later.[20] An edited version of "Hangar 18" is typically shown on MTV2 which has the song length cut down drastically. During the intro to the video the song "Dawn Patrol" from the Rust in Peace album can be heard in the background.

Track listing edit

  • US CD single (C2 15662)[21]
  1. "Hangar 18" (AOR Edit) – 3:17
  2. "Hangar 18" (LP Version) – 5:14
  3. "The Conjuring" (Live) – 5:06
  4. "Hook in Mouth" (Live) – 4:28

 • Live tracks recorded at Wembley Arena, London, England on October 14, 1990.

  • UK 12" LP single (12CLG 604)[22]
  1. "Hangar 18" – 5:11
  2. "Hangar 18" (Live) – 5:14
  3. "The Conjuring" (Live) – 5:06
  4. "Hook in Mouth" (Live) – 4:28

 • Live tracks recorded at Wembley Arena, London, England on October 14, 1990.

Charts edit

Chart (1991) Peak
European Hot 100 Singles (Music & Media)[23] 83
Finland (The Official Finnish Charts)[24] 29
Ireland (IRMA)[25] 25
UK Singles (OCC)[26] 26

Personnel edit

References edit

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  2. ^ "Search the Charts". Irishcharts.ie. Archived from the original on 2011-07-21. Retrieved 2010-03-27.
  3. ^ "Hangar 18". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2010-03-27.
  4. ^ Chantler, Chris (January 27, 2016). "An Illustrated History of Vic Rattlehead". Teamrock.com. Retrieved August 2, 2020.
  5. ^ Rust in Peace liner notes (original release). Capitol Records. 1990. p. 3,16.
  6. ^ Grow, Kory (January 11, 2017). "Megadeth's Dave Mustaine: My Life in 15 Songs". Rolling Stone. Retrieved January 3, 2024.
  7. ^ "Hangar 18 Bass Tab by Megadeth - D. Ellefson (4 strings) - Electric Bass (pick) | Songsterr Tabs with Rhythm". Songsterr.com. Retrieved 2021-04-20.
  8. ^ "The Quietus | Features | Tome On The Range | Dawn Of Thrash: Metallica, The Early Days". The Quietus. Retrieved 2022-09-19.
  9. ^ Kotsonis, Christoforos. "Interview with Dave Mustaine and Al Pitrelli from Megadeth". Metal-temple.com. Retrieved October 6, 2012.
  10. ^ "Raw" (PDF). Concreteplanet.com. November 12, 1991. Retrieved November 23, 2021.
  11. ^ "Megadeth wins stuff @ Foundation Forum 1991". YouTube. Archived from the original on 2021-12-18.
  12. ^ Stewart-Panko, Kevin. "The top 20 best Megadeth songs ranked". Louder Sound. Retrieved 29 August 2022.
  13. ^ Titus, Christina. "The 15 Best Megadeth Songs: Critic's Picks". Billboard. Retrieved 29 August 2022.
  14. ^ "LADWP Begins Rebuilding Scattergood Power Plant to Eliminate Ocean Water Cooling, Reduce Emissions and Improve Reliability Project Marks Continued Progress Towards Clean Energy Future for Los Angeles". Ladwpnews.com. Retrieved 2021-08-01.
  15. ^ a b "Ed Wood: A Man, a 'Plan,' a Banal . . ". Los Angeles Times. 1994-10-02. Retrieved 2021-08-01.
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  17. ^ "Ed Wood(1994) With Paul Boyington ... visual effects supervisor | Visual effects, Ed wood, Visual". Pinterest. Retrieved 2021-08-01.
  18. ^ "Tim Burton". IMDb. Retrieved 2021-08-01.
  19. ^ "Ed Wood (1994)". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2021-08-01.
  20. ^ Rosen, Craig "Megadeth Talks About 'Crush 'Em'; Donates Horse To School" Yahoo! Music (June 15, 1999). Retrieved on April 19, 2008.
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  23. ^ "Eurochart Hot 100 Singles (See last week's position)" (PDF). Music & Media. April 6, 1991. p. 37. Retrieved August 14, 2018.
  24. ^ Pennanen, Timo. Sisältää hitin: levyt ja esittäjät Suomen musiikkilistoilla vuodesta 1972. Otava Publishing Company Ltd, 2003. ISBN 951-1-21053-X
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  26. ^ "Megadeth: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company.