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Peace Sells...But Who's Buying

Megadeth

1986

Peace Sells...But Who's Buying

Album Summary

Peace Sells... but Who's Buying? is the second studio album by American heavy metal band Megadeth, released on September 19, 1986, through Capitol Records. The project was originally handled by Combat Records, resulting in the original mix of the album being co-produced by Randy Burns. Capitol Records then bought the rights to the album and hired another producer named Paul Lani to mix it himself. The recording of the album was difficult for the band, because of the ongoing drug issues the members had at the time. Drummer Gar Samuelson and guitarist Chris Poland were fired shortly after the album's promotional tour for drug abuse, making it the last Megadeth album for Samuelson before his death and the last for Poland until he reappeared as a session musician on The System Has Failed. The title track, noted for its politically conscious lyrics, was released as the album's lead single. The album's cover art, featuring the band's mascot Vic Rattlehead in front of a desolated United Nations Headquarters, was created by Ed Repka. Peace Sells... but Who's Buying? is often regarded as a thrash metal classic and as an album that gave prominence to extreme metal. It has been featured in several publications' best album lists, including Robert Dimery's 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die and Martin Popoff's Top 500 Heavy Metal Albums of All Time. The album has been reissued several times over the years. In 2004, the album was remixed and remastered by Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine, with extensive liner notes detailing the album's background. In 2011, the three different versions were reissued as part of the album's 25th anniversary celebration. All of them with the exception of the 2004 mixes feature new remastering.

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Rating

2.99

Votes

4207

Genres

  • Metal
  • Hard Rock
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Growing up Megadeth was always the band that played second fiddle to Metallica. Dave Mustaine got the boot via bus ticket from Metallica after all and decided that he needed to get back by playing faster and harder than Metallica ever could. This record is a good reminder of why they always came in second. There are riffs. Sooooooo many riffs. Mustaine is an amazing guitarist and the rest of the band excelled at speed and thrash. But this album in particular lacks the finesse and melody that pushed Metallica to the straosphere and that Megadeth would incorporate on later works like Rust in Peace. 2.5*

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There's just some phenomenal riffs on here, the technical guitar work is stellar. The only thing that I really can fault this album for is that I find some of the songs are hard to differentiate from one another, they sort of just blend into this thrashy hull in the middle without much to really set them apart

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4

Terrific album, I really enjoyed it. High energy, thrashy goodness with an unrelenting rhythm. It's intense and fast moving, but not too hard on the ears like some thrash is. "Good Mourning" has some legitimately lovely guitar work. The lyrics run the gambit from clever to overwrought, but Mustaine has a talent for vivid imagery. Fave songs: Wake Up Dead, Peace Sells, Bad Omen

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I never knew the vocalist/guitarist of Megadeath used to be in Metallica, makes sense. Regardless, in terms of Metal speed/thrash doesn't do much for me, at least in this form. Feels like the mix is boring and just kind of there. I'm sure this is a classic, but it's just ok to me. Obviously the guitar playing is well done, but yeah.

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3

This sounds very stupid to me but it's also fun, and not a bad thing to listen to if you just feel like turning your brain off. No, I will not be listening to all the live tracks.

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3

A heavy album that was pretty catchy but lost my interest about halfway through. 0RS

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3

Some nasty guitar licks and pretty cool concepts for an album. Overall, not a huge fan of thrash metal and this record didn’t change that, but props to the musicianship on display during the solos.

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It's not my kinda music at ALL but they're obviously skilled musicians.

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Megadeath were the first metal band I ever discovered and I probably watched the video for Symphony of Destruction (that I’d taped off MTV) hundreds of times. I don’t think I ever went as far as buying any of their stuff though. Didn’t love this album but it sent me off to go and re-listen to symphony of destruction which I still quite enjoyed, for old times’ sake. Won’t be putting this album on again but it’s put me in the mood to go and listen to a bit of Tool.

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Great guitar work but the Beavis and Butthead style of metal sounds even cheesier now than when this was released.

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When I was a kid, and maybe this is just where I grew up, but there was a choice you had to make - were you a Metallica guy? Or a Megadeth guy? Well, I heard the song Battery and decided I was a Metallica guy (even though Megadeth was a much cooler band name). But then later I heard the Megadeth song 'Go To Hell' and thought, oh, that's not bad. But after listening to this one, I gotta say - in the Metallica vs. Megadeth war, I'm still a Metallica guy.

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5

lol this has been one of my favourite albums since I was about 14. Not my fav Megadeth but still a damn classic. 5/5.

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5

The dawn of thrash as evidenced in Bad Omen and Black Friday. I remember those import bins during the 80's thinking the deliverance from hair metal was there, but they usually disappointed. But not this album. It was everything evil and harsh that I always imagined those others should have been. Where would music be today if we paid attention to this kind of music instead of that crappy hair metal?

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5

fav megadave album

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5

Nice good heavy beats

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5

Five stars. Why? Because it's Peace Sells...But Who's Buying by Megadeth, that's why

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5

Loved it. Will be listening to more Megadeth.

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5

doesn’t have the polished perfection of Rust in Peace, and album that was perhaps the epitome of thrash metal itself. But Peace Sells is a very different treat. A bit rough around the edges with some punk undertones but it’s technically complex and adventurous. Dave Mustaines snarling raspy vocals set against incredible musicianship and inventive songwriting and complex arrangements throughout. In Wake Up Dead and Peace Sells it also has two of Thrash Metals most icons tracks. As probably my favourite album by one of my favourite bands I’m probably a little bit biased with my scoring, but I still listen to this all the time and thinks it’s a genuinely special album.

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5

hell yeah brother. 10.

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5

First album in the list so far where I've listened to the album several times before. Not the best Megadeth, but shows the trajectory. Great thrash metal.

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5

So Metal. My face has melted

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5

This album was slick as hell. Loved the heavy energy and the clean vocals. It really is an excellent example of what metal should be.

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5

To get kicked out of Metallica and go on the record something like this - pretty incredible

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5

2nd Megadeath's album, 1986. The first Megadeath album I've listened so far. Great riffs and lyrics! Mustaine and bassist David Ellefson stated that they wanted to change the public perception of heavy metal by writing songs that contained socially aware lyrics. "Peace Sells... but Who's Buying?" is often regarded as a thrash metal classic and as an album that gave prominence to extreme metal.

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5

YES

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5

Really great thrash project and cementing Dave stepping out from Metallica. Devils Island is a jam

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5

Found some new Megadeth faves. Live versions on the album were really good too

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5

Almost technically perfect and one of the guiltiest pleasures so far. I try not to feel that way about music, so maybe it's subconscious recognition of some set of flaws. The sequencing leaves some gaps, but in sum I'm enchanted. Beautiful cover, too.

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5

This album shreds. Nuff said.

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5

Great metal album right from the start. I stick to general opinion here and claim that this one and Rust in Piece are their two best albums, as confirmed by the fact that both are included in the 1001 list. I listened to the 2004 cd remasters - not sure if there is some discussion on these (probably there is) but both cds sound excellent.. (afterwards I listened to the original Countdown to Extinction, which sounded ok but not so good as these remasters).

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5

The peak plateau is reached! A pinnacle of thrash metal.

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5

I'm Buying Hhhh

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5

I guess I’m buying, because I thoroughly enjoyed the album! It feels like there are aspects to enjoy on a multitude of levels, between the ever-shifting rhythm patterns in the kit and the high-flying runs in the guitar. Tons of fun!

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5

I found Rust In Peace energetic and quality but ultimately not for me. So I don't know why, if it was just my mood, but I'm finding so much more to enjoy here. Absolutely balls to the wall, don't give a fuck, and so good. Good Mourning/Black Friday is simply immense. Peace Sells, Wake Up Dead, obviously ace. There's only a couple of tracks here I don't completely love. Will have to revisit Rust in Peace. I remain unconverted to Metallica yet, but we'll see.

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5

9/10

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4

Good stuff. I don't listen to metal, but this is some good music here. Pleasantly surprised.

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4

This album is all killer no filler. Every track is fucking huge. It’s a shame it’s so poorly produced. The drum sound is shit The bass sound is shit The guitar sound is shit Dave Mustaine sounds like a pirate (this is merely an observation, and is in no way a negative) Interestingly, the original Randy Burns mix is significantly better than what was ultimately released. It’s well worth a listen.

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Rockin’

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Great album up and down, first Megadeth album but I really really enjoyed it. Perfect exemplification of the era and the genre. A little more diversity in style and it would be a perfect 5.

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\m/

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actually pretty sick

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Not my fave Mustaine & co., but I do like a bunch of these tunes. Dave’s voice is in full snarl at times, which just sounds cooler than the infamous nasal-whine he so often resorts to. But dang… “I Ain’t Superstitious”? Yeah, that should have never been put on this record (or any, perhaps). I have a sneaking feeling that when it comes to metal we’ll be seeing more from Maiden, Metallica, and Megadeth. We’ll get some Sabbath and Slayer. Maybe - *maybe* - one Anthrax record. And that’s probably it. If there’s anything metal on this list that was recorded after the year 2000 I’ll be stunned.

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4

I still have my copy of this around the house, somewhere.

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4

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accidentally listened to this out of order whoops. the music rips hard and it's not too long. as with most metal i like it better when they're not singing. 8/10

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Gran disco, aunque a veces se hace un poco plomizo y caduco.

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seems like this was intense in the 80s, but now it's more like a gritty catchy metal. raging against society and feels good while doing it.

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Saved Prior: None Off Rip: Wake Up Dead, The Conjuring, Peace Sells, Devils Island, My Last Words Cutting Edge: None Overall Notes: I considered myself a metal-hater, but it seems I have a soft spot for thrash. Probably stems from my time listening to the Madden '10 soundtrack every weekend as a kid, but I liked this. Do I get metal? No. But I get thrash. Wouldn't want anyone to know that I listen to this when I'm driving down the street, but it's great in doses.

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Great but not their best

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4

Great metal album. Thudding drums, interesting vocals that swap between growls and almost glam levels of yelling into the stars, and wild even at times sporadic guitar riffs make this an overwhelming experience in a good way. It's not as punishing as a lot of metal albums can be, it's more just a wild, propulsive and energetic good time.

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Partial listen

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Love the almost military groove at the end of wake up dead. It's really good, however the vocals don't gel with me.

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Great album!! 😄😄

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Считается одним из ключевых альбомов Megadeth. Это можно понять, ведь тут сформировалось оригинальный специфический звук группы, имеется пара знаковых треков. Но на оба пункта мне есть, что возразить. Будучи выгнанным из Metallica, Мастейн мало того, что попытался догнать и перегнать бывших сотоварищей, но и создать новый звук, который отличался бы от квартета Хетфилда и Ульриха. Вот тут интересный момент. Я обожаю треки авторства и соавторства Мастейна в рамках Metallica. Да и он забывать про них не хотел, один из них утащил с собой в Megadeth. Но развиваться стал в совершенно другом направлении. Я понимаю, что мог питать антипатию к творчеству Мастейна в школьные годы, когда был слепым фаном Metallica. Спустя десяток лет ухо стало всё же чуточку объективнее, думаю. Так вот, несмотря на то, что дискография Megadeth у меня уже несколько лет лежит на жёстком диске, я всё равно не перевариваю оригинальную специфику звука Megadeth. Меня сильно радуют композиции, которые в альтернативной вселенной могли бы достойно пополнить дискографию Metallica, и меня душат треки, которые являются наиболее самобытными для Megadeth, как и вся самобытность в звуке группы. Вокал Мастейна я научился переваривать, но не научился наслаждаться. Может быть, потому что это физически невозможно. Wake Up Dead и The Conjuring, Devils Island, Bad Omen звучат душно. Лучшее что в них есть – это гитарные соло, они хороши. Остальное вроде бы понятно, но просто не доставляет. Ритм-секции скучные, монотонные и репетативные. Вокальные партии блёклые. Вот Peace Sells уникальный случай. В ней присутствует мастейновская самобытность, сильный акцент сделан на вокальной партии, и при этом трек реально интересный, запоминающийся и доставляющий. Можно даже назвать умным, в нём довольно оригинальная прогрессивная структура. В общем, на этот раз Мастейн смог. Так, что до сих пор трек помнят, как помню, его услышать можно в GTA: Vice City. Good Mourning / Black Friday также феноменальный трек. Один из тех, по которым видно, что Мастейн действительно один из величайших гитаристов и правда талантливый композитор. Первая часть доставляет больше: прогрессивная структура, интересная мелодика, яркая вокальная партия. Вторая часть также весьма сильная, сопоставимая с Peace Sells. I Ain't Superstitious хоть и не цепляет, но и не душит, звучит оригинально, вносит приятное разнообразие в альбом. My Last Words снова маленький шедевр. Помню, в топе 200 альбомов от Metal Hummer редакция выделила именно этот трек в альбоме. Мастейн смог красиво альбом закрыть. Яркие вступление, рифы, соло, хуки, приятная вокальная партия. Так вот, два из трёх запавших в душу трека, GM/BF и MLW я вполне мог бы поставить в один ряд с классикой Metallica: поменяй вокал на Хетфилда, вышли бы отличные треки для их классических альбомов. Половина треков альбома – духота утомляющая. Но всё равно те треки, что удались – реально мощь, реально классика. Настолько, что даже духоту потерпеть можно. Но, конечно, не настолько, чтобы до пятёрки вытянуть. 7/10 Занимательно, что когда я в 1986 году передал свой комментарий Мастейну, тот учёл всё сказанное и выдал в 1988 году отличный альбом So Far, So Good... So What! В нём было улучшено хорошее и выкинуто душное, благодаря чему у нас имеется отличный альбом Megadeth, который можно поставить на одну полку с классикой метала. Только вот проблема в том, что так считаю только я (и, возможно, товарищ с Украины), а сам Мастейн, фанаты и критики преимущественно считают третий альбом шагом назад по сравнению с Peace Sells… but Who’s Buying? Что ж, их право. У первых трёх альбомов Megadeth была фишка – многоточия в середине названия. С одной стороны, придавало оригинальности, с другой – подталкивало создавать немного аморфные названия, которые обычные люди сходу не запомнят. Но в этом был какой-то авторский почерк, приятная индивидуальность. Наверное, жаль, что позже стандартизировалось. И, да, обложка хороша, одна из наиболее репрезентативных в дискографии Megadeth, да и в целом классической можно назвать.

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4

A lot better than I expected. Really nice bass lines. Lyrically it's pretty sound.

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4

Somehow I never listened to this and I really liked it.

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🤘🎸

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I'm not so sure that Metallica didn't hear this album and decide to change direction based on this. Awesome 80's metal! Favorite Tracks: "Peace Sells" "Devil's Island"

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4

Fuerza, riffs y contundencia. Interpretada a la voz magistralmente.

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Sou Metallica e tals... Mas respeitamos

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4

A lot of fun, good background

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Heavy metal. Guitarras potentes.

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4

Love a good metal album Not sure what stands out to me here. But I found this to be a very solid listen.

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4

Killer \_ _/

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Heavy metal. Guitarras potentes.

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Heavy metal. Guitarras potentes.

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4

Lekker rap en snel, niet zo iconisch als Rust in peace maar het blijft top

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4

Loved it

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4

Great example of the genre. Some unusual elements too, which makes it even better.

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4

4.1 - Apparently this album stands as a milestone in metal, and that esteem is well deserved. The guitar is undeniably awesome and the rhythms are crazy advanced without sounding pedantic.

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4

This is our second Megadeth album. Like for the other one, I surprisingly like Megadeth a lot more now than when I was a full-on metal head but just wasn't into old school thrash metal. Funny how tastes change like that. This one just wasn't quite as good as 'Rust in Peace' though, which got five stars from me. It's really solid, but not an amazing standout album.

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4

Hadn't heard before and really enjoyed it. The lead track I listened to a few times. Maybe I was just really in the mood!

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4

I liked this a lot. Some songs dragged a bit and felt too long, but most of it was great.

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4

I was taken by surprise at how much I enjoyed RUST IN PEACE from Megadeth earlier, but even so I wasn’t jazzed to have this come up at first. Guess I’m still not quite completely comfortable with my thrash metal side… take a deep breath and hit play… This is unmistakably Megadeth - it rocks hard and has several songs that frolic in what I was warned about with heavy metal. Just one listen to “The Conjuring” and I’m doing an Yelp search for nearby black conventicles... There are some pretty interesting lyrics that I really enjoyed. The title track “Peace Sells” is pretty great (‘What do you mean I ain’t kind? Just not your kind’). I love that sassy vocal delivery. Of course then there’s “Good Mourning/Black Friday” that seems to revel in gory murder. Not really my favorite subject and it wasn’t for me… although the guitar really is impressive. The demonic imagery seems poured on thicker on this album than on RUST IN PEACE. I didn’t like this album as well, but I’m still surprised at how listenable I find it.

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4

My least favourite of the big 4 but still love them. This is among their best albums.

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4

Easy listening!

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4

Good speed metal sound

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4

A highly dramatic and unified thematic work (the forms of evil). Epileptic, stormy and satanic. Metal... (7/10) FT: Wake Up Dead

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Rating: 7/10 Best songs: The conjuring, Peace sells

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4

A very solid metal album from the 'Deth

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Metallica WISHES they could've made this album. Better guitar work, better bass work (and the bass is actually audible), and WAY better drums (Lars is so overrated) I really like everything about this album except the vocals, but I'm getting used to them The 2nd half of the album is a lot better imo

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4

Album de metal classique. J'ai toujours aimé megadeth et cela est dans mes préférés. 4.5

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4

Struggled to rate this. Its pretty cheesy metal but it was fun! Squeeze a sympathy 4.

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4

I think my main issue with Megadeth is a lack of diversity in their sound compared to the other 3 of the Big 4. I'd listen to it again, but not while focusing on it.

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4

I think this one has grown on me. I first listened to it coming right off of Rust In Peace, and I compared it unfavorably to that masterpiece. But seeing it in its own light, its a damn fun thrash album.

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4

This is a fun album, classic thrash sound, good political messages with a bit of devil worship and face melting guitar licks. I found the songs and lyrics to be varied enough that I didn't get bored with the sound, and the shorter playtime also helped with that, definitely a strong entry in the thrash genre. Fav Tracks: Peace Sells, Good Mourning / Black Friday, My Last Words

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4

Pretty solid thrash record. It is an early contributor to the genre, so kudos for that. The tracks kind of blended together, I had a couple moments where I thought I was hearing songs for the second time, other than I Ain't Superstitious, which was a bluesy track that came out of left field. Enjoyable, fast, driving thrash metal that grows on you with multiple listens. As a big fan of early Metallica and Iron Maiden, this album has shown me that I will have to pay a little more attention to the early releases from Megadeth. Fave tracks: The Conjuring, Good Mourning / Black Friday

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4

first listen blistering guitar

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4

Two things The List has taught me: 1. Fuck jazz; 2. Megadeth aren't half bad. Thank you The List.

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4

This is cool mix of some modern stuff but really heavy rooted with blues. Got some chord progressions sound like something I’d make and I make great stuff

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4

Album dropped you off in hell 15 seconds in and left you there for 50 straight minutes

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This album is just full of energy right from the beginning. This is my 2nd megadeth album and i liked this one way more than the other. I thought it was going to go crazy the whole time, but they knew when to slow/quiet it down. Electric 7/10

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4

Classic Megadeth right here. Love the thrash and love the cover art even more.

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4

Great album! No wonder they copied themselves for the last 10 years

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Peace Sells and I’m definitely buying!

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3

Not my favorite, but a nice blast from the past.

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3

Seems quaint looking back from 2020.

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3

I don't listen to enough metal, I really enjoyed this. Songs were heavy but not overwhelming, but I need to revisit the project to get a better understanding. REVISIT.

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3

Aside from the great titular song this album was awesome. A little one note.

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3

Metal

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3

Not a great example of a good Metal album

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3

Needed to bandage my head after that one.

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3

Pretty fun album! Perhaps not the ideal music to listen to while I'm trying to concentrate on work, pretty much a full frontal assault on the senses. Wasn't really familiar with much Megadeth outside "Peace Sells"(great song), but I think this is right in the mix with some of the great 80s metal like Iron Maiden and Metallica.

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3

fun early thrash, can hear their influence. got a bit repetitive

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metal

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Megadeth... who cares? 5

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Actually enjoyed it for the lulz

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Glatter als Metallica, find ich. Geht ganz gut rein und wieder raus. Lieblingstrack „Bad Omen“. 2,7 Sterne.

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6. Does a great job being angry and edgy and all that, and sounds far better than I expected, but still not my favorite by a long shot

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3

Aun no puedo apreciar el esplendor del heavy metal. La guitarra es brutal.

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3

There were some pretty cool runs of guitar and drums here, but I was pretty out on the lyrics & vocals.

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3

Didn't pay a whole lot of attention, but nothing really stood out

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3

Brilliant playing of average metal songs

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3

Good but dated

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Liked this more than I expected. ‘I ain’t superstitious’ was a nice change of pace as well. Would listen again.

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High energy and enjoyable. Exactly the kind of thing most people would hate

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Good fun

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Love a good metal album

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musically great, but dave mustaine's voice just isn't for me

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A classic of it's type but still tedious.

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Angenehmer Old School Heavy Metal.

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A pretty good album. I didn't love it compared to other similar albums but it flowed well

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Yeah pretty good, classic metal

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First time listening to Megadeth and once again wondering how I managed to avoid them all this time. I think they just have the edge over Metallica for me, probably due to the bass being a bit more prominent. Really like the huge shifts in the songs from one moment to the next.

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Not for me It feels too cold ...

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да норм, на самом деле, угарная такая дрочильня. вокал, конечно, лють какая-то, ещё и обработан хуй пойми как. Но в целом послушать вполне сойдёт, от работы не отвлекает опять же. И вообще как-то так заметил, что нет вот этого противного овермаскулинного пафоса, скорее так, щепотка для угара. Раздумывал даже на 4 натянуть, но всё-таки умом соображаю, что композиционно это всё же сосёт у того, что было из митола ранее, поэтому особо выёбывать не буду. Дженерик репу — парашу, дженерик митолу — тройбан у нас. п.с. после этого альбома ютуб мне почему-то каждый раз подсовывал Эпикус Думикус Металликус Кэндлмасса, так что не отказывал себе в удовольствии и его прослушать. Какой же пиздатый альбом всё-таки, ну в подборке его нет, конечно же, хули, лучше симфоконцерт метлы вставить.

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Some good tracks, there's better ones on their other albums though. But I'll always be a Metallica guy.

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Eh. It’s alright. Not enough for me to go out and buy it.

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Una de les primeres obres capitals del thrash, des de la perspectiva tan particular i original del génere de Mustaine. Sense la genialitat de Metallica, ni l'oscuritat de Slayer, ni la velocitat d'Anthrax, però amb el punt agressiu i les estructures complexes que van fer d'ells un dels grans

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Hressileg flösuþeyting í morgunsárið

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I was never super into thrash metal, I think I need more pop hooks so this isn't really my thing. That being said, I think this does what it sets out to very well so I'm giving it three stars instead of two.

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Classic thrash album. Thrash is one of if not my favorite metal genre. I don't like Megadeth as much as the other 3 of the big 4 but this album still slays.

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Great working music, non-ironically Just good metal.

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6/10

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Metal album. Pretty straight forward.

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This was a perfectly standard heavy metal album. Everything started to blur together at a certain point but there were a couple standouts. Fav song: good mourning/black friday

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Our first foray into the Big 4 of Thrash was Metallica's Black Album, which I found mediocre and quite inane. Yes, I know, complaining about metal lacking profundity isn't the most original of criticisms, or even much of a criticism in itself, but it was an album with little to say for itself. Which brings us to Metallica's main rival, Megadeth. Formed by Dave Mustaine after he got kicked out of Metallica, he sought revenge by playing heavier and faster. With Peace Sells, Mustaine purportedly brings a punk-inflected political consciousness to his lyrics. You realise how daft that last sentence sounds, right? Are we really to include this in the great tradition of protest music? Does the title track stand alongside A Change Is Gonna Come? Hell, I'm not even asking that the album be dismissed for hollow affectation; I'm pointing out that one perhaps should not treat the political musings of Dave Mustaine too momentously. Musically, it's one of those codifiers of a genre that, well, has been imitated so often that the original potency has been quite diluted. This is not to say it's bad; I prefer Megadeth to Metallica, and happily see this as a healthy three-starrer, but no more than that. I suppose I'd characterise the album as good, yet ultimately unpersuasive. This album doesn't reveal a band to obsess over, to stock up on the back catalogue and doodle the logo on your pencil case. It's an okay metal band. By the by, Dave Mustaine's spent the last decade on Alex Jones' show, saying Obama wasn't born in America and that several school shootings were staged. Do you still want to maintain he has insightful and considered takes on the body politic?

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6/10

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Just like the other album of theirs, an album that lacks highlights in Form of great standout songs or solos

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Their influence in the genre is undeniable. From the riffs to the solos to the singing style, it is quintessentially thrash metal. However, when compared to the superior songwriting of Metallica, their work doesn’t quite stand up just as well.

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Have always hated metal and the yelling with a passion… was not excited to listed to this one when it came around. Time and tastes change though, and there are so many sickening guitar licks, it’s kind of impossible not to enjoy just a little bit. 1.5hrs is quite a long album length, though!

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This is the beginning of the transition from the kind of Metal I love (Iron Maiden, even Metallica) to the kind of Metal that I find incredibly challenging and literally headache inducing (Slipknot, etc). It strays a little too close to the Slipknot side of the spectrum at times, but overall the album stays within the margins of what I enjoy. The B side is stronger, I think, than the A-Side. I could see myself revisiting this, but not often.

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It’s Megadeth!

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Bizarrely, I'd just talked to a colleague about metal and how it felt so incredibly powerful and lifechanging and visceral back when I was an edgy teenager and.... it just doesn't any longer. It feels a bit tame. Having said that, Megadeth is still as good as it gets. But I think I've always been more of a Rust in Peace fan, personally.

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Technically breathtaking but largely unmemorable. Next!

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It's fine I guess. 6/10

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Good 80s metal but doesn't stand the test of time

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3/5

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Hi- The Conjuring, My Last Words Enjoyable.

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Meh, sounds like early Metallica b sides with a worse singer and half finished lyrics. Sorry Dave!

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Let´s say this was a good practice album for the ultimate Rust In Peace album years later.

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fuck the second disc, wtf? one not live and one live? they're pushing it! but first album was not bad

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Enjoyed it more than I thought when I saw what it was. Solid 3*

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Whoa!!!!! It's MEGADEATH! Holy shit! Timeless metal nonces making a right old racket.

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Yet another album I had never listened all the way through. It was pretty good. I always thought Megadeth was harder than this, but I guess not.

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Typical solid drum beat. Another so old it is easy listening

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Like, were these songs that musical when we first heard them?? Did the 80s heavy metal fans hear it but all we could hear was gravelly screeching, and now the passing of time has work away the hard outer layer and we can hear the beauty beneath?? Whatever the reason, this album was much more enjoyable than I expected.

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Exactly what I expected, nothing wrong with it. Just makes me want to jump into a mosh pit and start pushing people.

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2.49-ish

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Metal!! METAL!!!!!! METTTTALLLLLL!!!!! Megadeth, man, they put some love into their work. Crazy arrangements, tempo changes, flaming solos, aggro bass lines, and just metal metal metal moarrrrr metal!!!! I liked it, but you do gotta be in the mood for it. A lot of modern death metal is growling and pounding, this is the real shit, super fast to dramatic to powerful… almost… theatric. Problem is I really do like a steady beat. When they get those machine gun guitars going then rip the rug out from under and break it down into some kinda step back and soak it up I get distracted and bored.

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This was interesting.

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If someone put this on at a party… I wouldn’t complain.

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not so much my jam, megadeth is alright

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Heavy metal music, real life heavy metal music. It's okay.

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I started out excited to listen to some hard rock, and by the second song I was ready for a change of pace. Idk if this album just caught me in the wrong mood, or if I never knew I didn't like thrash metal. And I'll say there were one or two REALLY nice solos in hidden in here, but that wasn't enough to change my mind on the whole album.

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Olipas tylsä levy. Ei tämmönen puoliraskas metalli hieman omaperäisellä lauluäänellä toimi itselleni yhtään. Ilmeisesti jonkinlaista thrash metallia tämän pitäisi olla mutta aika kevyttä kamaa ainakin nykystandardeilla. Harmaasta biisimassasta ei yksikään jäänyt mieleen. Ennemmin kuuntelen vaikka Slayeria tämän aikakauden metallibändeistä.

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3.5

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That voice. Ugh. I don’t mind things that sound like noise, but this sounds like bad noise.

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Rust in Peace is way better

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Some good riffs in there

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Not a big metal guy, but I didn't hate the album by any stretch

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just really really not my type at all

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Alkuasetelma oli varovaisen innostuneena odottava. Megadeth on aina jäänyt minulta vähän pimentoon symphony of destruction -hittiä lukuunottamatta. Tämän levyn perusteella ei kyllä tarvitse jatkossakaan kuunnella, ei oikein iskenyt tämä tasapaksu surina. Peace sellsissä oli hyvä bassotiluttelu alussa, mutta pettymys oli silti.

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Not really my vibe, but wasn't terrible

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No sale

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This was better than I expected. It is still absolutely awful. Just not as awful as I assumed.

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Lol not sure how long I'll be able to stick with this. I made it through three songs.

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Tjah, det er meget Megadeth-agtigt.

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It was okay.

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Not too much of a thrash metal fan, disclaimer. Album started off ok but beyond the first three songs, there was nothing appealing for me.

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Me ha gustado más por lo que me recuerda que por lo que es. Tendrá sus seguidores pero a mi me ha sonado a Metallica y algunas veces como Soundgarden en sus primeros discos. Para mí es prescindible pero se deja oir. El Death Metal ya no me asusta.

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Wore thin pretty quick with me. I gravitate more towards doom/sludge than thrash when it comes to metal.

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But too raw, but too same-ish

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Its alright nothing amazing. I might be biased though because the lead singer is a nob

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As a huge metal fan I can’t get into this album at all. Theres no connection, no mood given, no response at all.

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Ultimately there are two Achilles heals for this album: 1) the lead singer’s voice is not great and most importantly 2) the musical arrangements are undisciplined. It’s very clear that there is ample musical talent here: thumping bass lines and shredding guitars abound. As I’ve complained for enough times in these first 95 albums, Megadeth (like the others) does not know when to rein it in. Far too many times they try to cram as many musical notes in as possible without realizing less is more. Some of these guitar riffs are great…head bang all day and bounce around in the pit. Hell yeah! But the lead guitar is over indulgent…ALOT. It’s the opposite of gluttonous actually…instead of consuming too much, a plethora is produced. If only Megadeth would have known that a 4 oz filet mignon with a side of mashed potatoes is vastly more appealing than the unlimited trips to the Golden Corral buffet they gave us. It’s a pity really. A seasoned producer should have told them to dial it back a thousand notches. A magnificent album could have resulted. Additionally, the lead singer alone knocks them down a 🌟 .

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Wow, those guitars and drums are...unrelenting.

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"We'll see when the other metal bands come up on the list, but I think Anthrax just isn't that good." Which takes us to the first of the "Big 4" metal bands to come up since that disappointing day we received Anthrax in late July. And what's the verdict? Megadeth's "Peace Sells..." is better than Anthrax. Though of course, that's not saying much. I don't like Dave Mustaine's vocals. I also don't completely hate them? Some of the guitar playing stands out as different than what I expect from 80s thrash metal, such as on "I Ain't Superstitious." There were also a few tracks with some segments that sounded a bit proggy. None of this saves it. **, and only to distinguish it from Anthrax and Sepultura.

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Dave Mustaine is a complete moron and giant asshole. Doesn't matter to the music but it needed to be said. onward... I wasn't too excited for this - I was very into hard rock in the 80s but the heaviest never appealed to me - I was a big Iron Maiden fan but their appeal was due to their melody and anthemic songs. Knowing Megadeth was an offshoot of Metallica (a band I've never liked) and in the thrash metal vein I'm not sure I ever explicitly listened to them, outside of the random video or someone else playing them. After the first song honestly the music is kind of cool in parts, but I'm definitely turned off by the growly vocals. And especially where Dave Mustaine sounds like James Hetfield is a big turn-off. "Peace Sells" is a fun throwback as that opening bass riff was the theme for MTV news back in the early 90s :) and "My Last Words" is frenetic in an early-Maiden kind of way, that's one I don't mind at all. But this is definitely not for everyone, and not really for me - "The Conjuring" is a good example of what I had expected: incredibly fast and precise thrashing, double kick-drums on display, quick tempo pivoting - really talented playing and musicianship. Overall not much constructive to say from my standpoint - I like it better than Metallica (low bar) and I can see why people would like this but I can't get into it. 3/10 2 stars

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it was a little too heavy metal for me. don’t get me wrong i do like hard core stuff but i don’t know some of it was just off eh

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its metal

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OG 80s power rock. Never really listened to these guys, or at least not knowingly. It's OK, not amazing. 2/5

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Boy this is cringe from a lyrics standpoint. Music ok to good. Wouldn’t listen again

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Un poco cansino. No es muy molesto a los oídos. Pero no me gusta. Un 2

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Un poco cansino. No es muy molesto a los oídos. Pero no me gusta. Un 2

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Not my speed, but competently made. Just a bit too screamy and deathy for me. *Shrug* what do you expect from 'Megadeath'

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I expected to hate this a lot more than I did, but I still don't think thrash is my genre of metal. Impressive guitar skills though!

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They've got volume and speed if you like that sort of thing. I'm finding that I need more...a poetic lyric here and there, a melody, a hook, a groove. I've tried keeping an open mind and looking for things to like but I think I'm ready to say that thrash metal just isn't for me.

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This is not the first Megadeth album that I have listened to, but this was the first listen for this album. I didn’t discover anything new about Megadeth with this album. Lots of fast guitar runs and rapid drum beats, then some yell-fashioned lyrics and there you have it. Just not for me really…and I spent the day on a home project pouring some concrete and my back is sore, so I am hard to impress right now.

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The guitars are pretty awesome, and it's indeed what you'd want in a thrash metal album, but I did not enjoy this as much as "Rust in Peace." It's just not quite as interesting to me.

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