Ruler of the Wasteland


Ruler of the Wasteland is the second studio album by the American heavy metal band Chastain, released in 1986 through Shrapnel Records. During the same year, David T. Chastain released also two other studio albums with his second band CJSS.[3] It is the first album to feature Fifth Angel drummer Ken Mary, who replaced Fred Coury, after a suggestion by Shrapnel Records president and talent scout Mike Varney.[4]

Ruler of the Wasteland
Chastain Ruler of the Wasteland.jpg
Cover art by Guy Aitchison
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 1986
StudioPrairie Sun Recording Studios, Cotati, California
GenreHeavy metal
ProducerSteve Fontano, David T. Chastain, Mike Varney
Chastain chronology
Mystery of Illusion
Ruler of the Wasteland
The 7th of Never
Professional ratings
Review scores
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal7/10[2]

Track listingEdit

All songs by David T. Chastain

Side one
  1. "Ruler of the Wasteland" – 3:46
  2. "One Day to Live" - 4:06
  3. "The King Has the Power" - 3:03
  4. "Fighting to Stay Alive" - 3:54
  5. "Angel of Mercy" - 5:14
Side two
  1. "There Will Be Justice" - 4:13
  2. "The Battle of Nevermore" - 5:08
  3. "Living in a Dreamworld" - 3:26
  4. "Children of Eden" - 4:21

2008 remastered CD edition bonus tracksEdit

  1. "The Battle of Nevermore" (demo) - 5:48
  2. "Children of Eden" (demo) - 4:55


Band membersEdit


  • Steve Fontano - producer, engineer, mixing
  • Stuart Hirotsu - overdubs engineer
  • Mike Varney - executive producer


The Swedish power metal band HammerFall covered the song "Angel of Mercy" on the studio album Crimson Thunder and then on the compilation album of covers Masterpieces

The German band Powergod covered the song "Ruler of the Wasteland" in their album of covers Bleed for the Gods: That's Metal - Lesson I


  1. ^ Hinds, Andy. "Chastain Ruler of the Wasteland review". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-09-16.
  2. ^ Popoff, Martin (1 November 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. p. 69. ISBN 978-1894959315.
  3. ^ "Chastain - Ruler of the Wasteland". Encyclopaedia Metallum. Retrieved 2011-09-16.
  4. ^ Chastain, David T. (2008). Ruler of the Wasteland (CD booklet). Chastain. Novato, California, USA: Shrapnel Records. SH 1024-2.