Sound — 10
This album is Megadeth's magnum opus. Surely one of the most amazing metal masterworks of all time, it begins with the growling thrasher "Wake Up Dead". Which melts into the somewhat magical deathride "The Conjuring". "Peace Sells" starts with one of the most amazing bass/kick-drum beatings ever made. "Devil's Island" shows off an extremely prominent solo. "Good Mourning/Black Friday" is one of the most beautiful-to-brutal songs ever created. "Bad Omen" is arguably dispensable, as awesome as the bass line sounds. Megadeth also threw a cover of "I Ain't Superstitious" in, which actually turned out pretty well. The album ultimately ends up with "My Last Words" which flashes how prominent all of the band members are with their instruments. Gar Samuelson's pounding drum work provides a base for the album. David Ellefson proves that he has enough chops to battle with any metal bassist of his time and gives our album the perfect structure of a Metal Monster worthy of legend! Dave Mustaine's snarling vocals and extreme crunch-punch guitar work tops the album off with an bit of good ol' thrash metal goodness. And the cherry on top is provided by Chris Polland, whose solos truly give the album it's angry face.
Lyrics — 8
I'm very impressed with the lyrics, Mustaine knows how to get people excited. My favorite song for the lyrics is definitely "Good Mourning/Black Friday". They're incredibly brutal-licious!! As for signing skills, what can I say? Dave Mustaine is just as good a singer (if not better) than any other thrash/speed/awesome metal band out there.
Overall Impression — 9
As I've said before, Peace Sells...But Who's Buying? is Megadeth's master-piece. It's Megadeth's "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band". Every song steps out in its own way, and no matter how you look at it, Megadeth have truly been at the top of their game for most of their lives, unlike some thrash bands. (Looking at you, Metallica). My only beef with this album is the lack of diversity between songs. But who's complaining? Not me, that's for sure. In the end, if you're a newcomer to metal music, I highly suggest you pick up this album, no matter what kind of music you started with... Wait... Unless it's bubble pop. This isn't for Nickelback and Saving Abel fans. Peace out, Selig.