Sound — 9
Wow. That's the first word I thought of when I first listened to this CD. Sometimes greatest hits CDs suck, but this is a really good CD, especially if you've never listened to Megadeth before. You're immediately introduced to the type of music you'll hear with "Holy Wars... The Punishment Due". The whole CD is filled with shredding guitar solos and an indescribable edginess. Dave Mustaine is a very talented musician. He is probably the greatest guitarist I've ever heard. Not every song is great on here. Once you get used to the brutality in a few songs, you're going to be caught off guard when they go a little bit softer in songs like "A Tout Le Monde". Altogether, though, the music's pretty awesome stuff.
Lyrics — 9
One of the reasons I started listening to Megadeth is that I heard Dave Mustaine had become a Christian. Some of his lyrics sound like he was looking for God. Others look like he's intent on bashing government. He really wrote thoughtful lyrics, unlike some bands who write drug-induced words or all about girls. There's obviously going to be songs about destruction. It's a metal band. But Dave's very sly about it. He gives his thoughts of what modern government has done to the world. "Symphony of Destruction" is one of those types of songs. One of my favorite lyrics is from "Dread and the Fugitive Mind" where he's portraying someone who knows he's doing evil in the world, and he's questioning whether or not there will be judgement for it in the afterlife. Dave is quite a good singer for this kind of music, too. He's got a voice that's a little rough, but can be highly versatile.
Overall Impression — 10
Overall, this is a very good collection of Megadeth's best. Since this is my first taste from this band, I can't tell you what else should or shouldn't be in this list, but I thought that almost every song was good. Almost all of the songs were really good, but my personal favorites were "Dread and the Fugitive Mind", "Hangar 18", and "Symphony Of Destruction". I just love the brutal guitars and countless guitar solos. It's just such a great introduction to Megadeth. If you've never listened to them before, this would be a great place to start.