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Review: Megadeth - Peace Sells… But Who's Buying?
Peace Sells… But Who's Buying?

Label: Capitol Records
Year released: 1986
Duration: 35:52
Tracks: 8
Genre: Thrash Metal

Rating: 5/5

Review online: July 9, 2009
Reviewed by: Christopher Foley
Readers Rating
Peace Sells… But Who's Buying?

Rated 4.68/5 (93.69%) (111 Votes)

1986 was like the landmark year for Thrash Metal, I mean come on we saw Darkness Descends, Reign In Blood, Master of Puppets and of course the best of the bunch: Megadeth's first fantastic release, the sublime Peace Sells… But Who's Buying f course overshadowed by Slayer and Metallica when really it shouldn't be - in all honesty the song-writing shown here is nigh on perfect. Slayer might have had the speed and Metallica might have the record sales but neither can match the genius of Dave Mustaine. Following on from their quite horribly produced yet still charming debut release Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good!, who would have thought they would have hit us with such a corker so early in their career, although to be fair Mustaine's knack for songwriting had been noticeable since he did the rounds with Metallica. One of the immediate strong points of this release is Mustaine's youthful voice, which when compared to the vocals on say, Countdown to Extinction, you can really notice a difference, much in the way you can notice a difference between James Hetfield when comparing Ride… and Justice…

Peace Sells…features everything Megadeth would become renowned for in their heyday; furious riffage, smoking guitar solos, an immense onslaught of drum work and excellent bass guitar work courtesy of Dave Ellefson. As always Dave Mustaine's guitar solos are intense, featuring that undeniable flair he has for those oh-so-unconventional solos he spews forth. On Peace Sells… we still have the awesome Chris Poland handling guitars too, and damn are his leads good. Whilst maybe not as technical as later Megadeth guitar players he shows a knack for tearing things up, unleashing some truly molten string work. Starting up the show is the raging "Wake Up Dead" which comes equipped with many a quality riff made all the more sweeter due to wild guitar solos. "The Conjuring" is another corker showing off that signature Megadeth sinister intro and a boat load more of cool as hell riffage. Of course everyone should have heard "Peace Sells" (hell we even have the video on the site). I feel this track stands as one of the first examples of a catchy, slightly more accessible Megadeth, and more of this would follow in subsequent releases. "Good Mourning / Black Friday" is a very good track which features a flawless guitar lead over pleasant acoustics, although two minutes in and we're right back into the full metal assault. Testimony to how good this release is is the fact that we can get away with a cover of Willie Dixon's "I Ain't Superstitious" and I'ts actually pretty good fun largely due to the excellent guitar work.

Ending things is another corker in "My Last Words" which features a top notch intro displaying some first-rate guitar and bass work. Before you know we're back to Thrashville this time with a slight Kill'Em All feel to things. Overall Peace Sells… But Who's Buying is a damn cool release and undoubtedly a classic in metal. Whilst the majority vote Rust In Peace as Megadeth's finest offering, I often find myself torn between the two releases. However at the end of the day no one is making me chose, so I'll have my cake and eat it too. Highly essential

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