Sound — 10
This was literally (and unfortunately) the first full-length Megadeth album I bought & heard; and consequently got me heavily into the band. Lots of great guitar work of course, which are only the really impressive elements of 'Deth. However, everything is in such good sync, that you can't help but love the overall style of them. From the thrashy guitar solos, to Dave's distinctive vocals, I think Megadeth's choice of songs on this compilation were really good. The tunes on this album range from the earliest to some of the latest Megadeth tunes, which range from a very rough-sounding, old-school thrash sound ( la "Kill 'Em All" by Metallica) up to a really refined heavy metal sound. Lots of great riffage present as well, involving syncopation, chromatics and even dissonant note selections at times, it just can't be beat in my opinion. And of course, solos from the likes of Chris Poland, Jeff Young & arguably one of the greatest guitarists ever (at least within the thrash/shred genres): Marty Friedman.
Lyrics — 8
Dave Mustaine has always been renowned for his guitar work of course, but his vocals aren't half bad. He doesn't have an operatic range in he least, but he is an excellent lyricist; songs like "Peace Sells" and "Symphony Of Destruction" etc... are greatly political and therefore really speak to the general public and society. A lot of the lyrics are very meaningful and heartfelt for the most part and really carry imporatant messages which can often make you think (in the case of "A Tout Le Monde"). Dave Mustaine has really made a name for himself in terms of "sticking it to the man" and "revolting against society" over the years, starting from the very begining of his career with Megadeth, dubbed "Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good." Few lyricists can come up with effective lyrics of this kind, but Dave really pulls it off.
Overall Impression — 9
Being the first real taste of Megadeth I received, this really left an impression on me. However, this album seems to work as a teaser of some kind. A few of my favourite Megadeth songs don't even appear on this album, and in order to really get to know Megadeth, you'd have to explore a lot of their albums from the past. My favourite songs on this particular album however are "Hangar 18", "A Tout Le Monde" & "Skin Of My Teeth". Also, I can't seem to get enough of "She-Wolf". A lot of the songs are really great though, so the whole album is really an investment; especially if you want to explore the sounds of Megadeth without buying like, 9 to 10 albums trying to find the best era of theirs (each of which are very easy to pin-point through this album). One thing I must say (negatively) about this album is that after getting into earlier releases of theirs, I was disappointed to find out that some songs appeared on this album that it could have done without & others didn't that should have; but then again, that's what a "teaser album" seems to do anyways. If I lost this album, I wouldn't replace it; I'd buy all the other Megadeth albums instead!