Megadeth
Peace Sells... but Who's Buying?


5.0
classic

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by Jonahdeth USER (1 Reviews)
May 6th, 2010 | 42 replies


Release Date: 1986 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Classic thrash metal, needless to say

Among any form of extreme heavy metal, thrash was crowned king in 1986. This threating, dark, aggressive, and ridiculously fast style of metal rose to a huge underground following in its early years largely thanks to the "Big Four" of Thrash Metal; Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax and Slayer. The former two being the most successful and arguably the founding fathers of the sub-genre. 1986 saw brilliant achievements from three of these titans (Anthrax being the only exception): Metallica's "Master of Puppets", Slayer's "Reign in Blood", and Megadeth's "Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?", three of quite easily thrash metal's most ambitious offerings in the 80s.

"Peace Sells... But Who's Buying" is definitely one of Megadeth's greatest works. Darker, but much more powerful than it's predecessor "Killing is My Business... And Business is Good!", "Peace Sells" showcases some of the best songwriting from front man Dave Mustaine. The music of "Peace Sells" is immortal and punishing, more so than even "Rust in Peace" (Widely considered Megadeth's finest album). That's the great thing about the album, it has it's own feel to it that the rest of Megadeth's catalog seem to lack. Later albums like "Rust in Peace" and "Countdown to Extinction" may have tighter riffing and cleaner production (partly thanks to the band being sobered up), but not without "Peace Sells"' technical, raw and piercing force, complete with insane drumming and snarling vocals from Gar Samuelson and Mustaine respectively. The vocals are done so perfectly, as they make the perspective of the lyrics seem either serious or evil depending on the song. The vocals themselves also help make this easily the most "quotable" Megadeth album. To any Megadeth fan, casual or hardcore, it's hard to resist singing to oneself daily without it being a line from anywhere on "Peace Sells", especially the title track, in which the full album title is repeated as an outro in the style of an anthem. It all fits so well. Aside from the backing tracks, of course, there's the lyrics.

Each song has lyrics so intense that Mustaine has not reused some of their themes (let alone play them live in recent years). All of Mustaine's lyrics cover the bleak, controversial topics in daily life. Excellent album opener 'Wake Up Dead', written possibly in the perspective of Mustaine himself, is about one who cheats on his significant other and fears that she'll kill him when he wakes up. The aforementioned title track is both a rant about politics and peace as well as a humorous rant about common "metalhead" stereotypes in the eyes of a heavy metal fan. 'Devil's Island' is about a prisoner on Devil's Island. 'My Last Words' is about a deadly game of Russian Roulette. The rest of the songs, with the exception of the Willie Dixon cover 'I Ain't Superstitious', connects to killing, Satan, and occult in some way or another, the best example being the bold 'Good Mourning/Black Friday'. With murder and occult haunting the listener throughout 6+ minutes and virtually unstoppable thrash strength, 'Good Mourning/Black Friday' unleashes what may be the most sinister lyrics than that of any other Megadeth song.

In every way, each of the album's seven original tracks offer very original and brutal ingredients, musically and lyrically, that helped shape the Megadeth we know today. Going back to its incredible power, its easy to see how much strength it has over all other albums in Megadeth's back catalog in some way, all of the songs are larger than life, vicious and punishing metal classics that all fit together to form a classic metal album. "Peace Sells" is easily one of the greatest heavy metal albums in history, a title that's held true today.

[b]Recommended tracks[b]
'Wake Up Dead'
'Peace Sells'
Devil's Island'
'Good Mourning/Black Friday'


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Counterfeit
May 6th 2010


17819 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

We needed another one of these.

Parallels
May 6th 2010


6642 Comments


We needed another one of these. [2]

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
May 6th 2010


31368 Comments


We didn't need another one of those comments[1,2,3,4,5,6,7]

[b]Recommended tracks[b]

Close off the coding by putting / between [&b

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Willie
Moderator
May 6th 2010


16051 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"Wake Up Dead" is good, and "Peace Sells" is ok... the rest of this is boring.

TheSpirit
May 6th 2010


17930 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Who cares if its been this review has been done before? It's good for a first

Counterfeit
May 6th 2010


17819 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

What do you mean I don't pay my bills? Why do you think I'm broke?

ShadowRemains
May 6th 2010


21058 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"Who cares if its been this review has been done before? It's good for a first"

123

but do what deviant suggested

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fr33convict
May 6th 2010


11694 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Good first.

RosaParks
May 6th 2010


14927 Comments


Not as good as my first that I submitted today but good nonetheless.

Pos'd

[I was kidding about my first being better btw lol]

Zipzop5565
May 7th 2010


402 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Good album

KILL
May 7th 2010


71965 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

more like awesome classic

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McCopper
May 7th 2010


1367 Comments


""Wake Up Dead" is good, and "Peace Sells" is ok... the rest of this is boring."

Worst tracks on the album...by far.(of course except "I Ain't Superstitious")




south_of_heaven 11
May 7th 2010


5436 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Rust in Peace is much, much better. Nothing here comes close to Tornado of Souls.

Inveigh
May 7th 2010


25025 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

"Wake Up Dead" is good, and "Peace Sells" is ok... the rest of this is boring.

yeah, those aren't even my two favorites on this. Good Mourning/Black Friday, My Last Words and Bad Omen are all better imo.

MUNGOLOID
May 7th 2010


4333 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

great album but i don't think i'd ever consider it a classic.

LepreCon
May 7th 2010


4144 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

This is one of those 'definitely awesome but not quite classic' albums for me

Inveigh
May 7th 2010


25025 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

^this.

Inveigh
May 7th 2010


25025 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

but when you choose your rating on the "rate album" page, you have to choose, "classic" for it to be a 5...

^there.

Inveigh
May 7th 2010


25025 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

alright, I respect that.

^where?

vanderb0b
May 7th 2010


3473 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Great album, great review. RIP is better.



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