In 1986, one of the most importance Thrash Metal records was released. “Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying?” by Megadeth is a masterpiece. This is one of my favorite Megadeth records and it is also one of my favorite all time heavy metal records. The record features vocalist & guitarist Dave Mustaine, lead guitarist Chris Poland, bassist David Ellefson and drummer Gar Samuelson.
This record although, production wise is flawed is still good. There’s a good bit of background noise which could have been cleaned up a bit better during the final mix. But nonetheless, this album is what Thrash Metal should be and what Thrash Metal should always be. It’s influence can still be heard today in modern Thrash Metal. It’s an epic in it’s own right. Megadeth took the genre and redefined it.
Musically, this is as raw as you’re going to get. From super fast and heavy guitars to the more even keel tempo of “Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying?”, to the weird off beats like you hear in “Wake Up Dead.” Tons of great riffs and leads. The music itself is so evil and contains so much aggression along with a certain degree of cockiness. Yet, it has a lot of great melody to it. I love the Punk feeling in the music. Plus, I love Megadeth’s hand at Blues on the cover of “I Ain’t Superstitious” written by Willie Dixon. The intro to “My Last Words” has a great Classical influence that is blended very well into the rest of the song. The song structure, as complex as they are, is why I have always felt that Megadeth has always ahead of their time. Although, critics would disagree with me on that.
Dave Mustaine’s guitar is kick ass and vocals has much approve since the first release. Chris Poland’s leads are just awesome. Ellefson bass work is something to note. He is all over this record supported by Samuelson’s great drumming. Sad to state that due to all of the drug use, Poland and Samuelson were fired from the band.
Lyrically, this album is dark and fused with political and social insights about war and government. This album one can see a very vocal and outspoken Dave Mustaine. This album is fueled by anger, feelings and yet, you see Dave Mustaine becoming more sophisticated in his views with American government.
1. “Wake Up Dead” 3:40
2. “The Conjuring” 5:04
3. “Peace Sells” 4:04
4. “Devils Island” 5:05
5. “Good Mourning/Black Friday” 6:41
6. “Bad Omen” 4:05
7. “I Ain’t Superstitious” 2:46
8. “My Last Words” 4:57