Sound — 9
This is Megadeth's second, and to me, one of their most powerful releases. PSBWB picks up where Killing is My Business... left off, albeit with a improved production quality, and a bit of tameness added to songs. However, the thrash bite of their first album is not lost, and is improved with catchier lyrics and riff work, as well as more Megadeth trade-off solos.
Lyrics — 9
Pretty standard Megadeth tone to the lyrics. The topics, much like on Killing is My Business... , are varied and bear that dark, dethly tone to them, with topics rangeing from the occult, all the way towards politics and the general 'deth' attitude. Mustaine's singing hasn't exactly improved or worsened on the second album, and it's still one of those voices that you either like or hate. One thing I noticed though is their are less growls and yells than on Killing Is My Business, but that doesn't tone down the sheer aggressiveness and anger with Dave's voice. Also, you start to see more of Mustaine's trademark cynicalism in the track Peace Sells.
Overall Impression — 10
Compared to Metallica's second release, Ride the Lightning, I find the vocals more appealing to me, simply because Hetfield was still in his 'heavy mic reverb' stage, which was dropped on Master of Puppets. However, the release of Master of Puppets in the same year as Peace Sells really hurt the album, which is an album I think all thrash-lovers should give a listen to. This was the first Megadeth album I bought, as well as the first one I heard all the way through, and it was the one that got me hooked on Megadeth. I think the opening track 'Wake Up Dead' really opens the whole thing up with a nice punch to the face with it's heavy, but dark, riff work and solos. Also, I love Good Mourning... Black Friday, because, unlike Metallica's Fight Fire With Fire (what I consider the rough equivalent), it retains the album's general dark feel in it's opening licks, where Fight Fire With Fire adopts a classical sound that you don't really hear or feel much through the rest of the album. The only thing I was disappointed with was the fact that Gar's drumming just doesn't seem to shine out like it did on Killing is My Business... , which was a prime example of his drumming talents. If the album was stolen, I'd definately buy it again - I've owned my copy since around 2002 and have kept it in pretty good condition. I definately suggest this an album for those just starting to listen to Megadeth to check into, as it's a great example of their early thrash work. One of my favorite albums of all time.