Sound — 9
A fast paced, intense metal album with speeding solos and riffs that will blow your mind. Megadeth does a great job when it comes to speed metal, sure they don't have to play fast but it sounds better when they do. Another thing that boosts Megadeths status when rocking is that the lead guitar just sounds amazing when assembled in the song and Megadeth is lucky to have such a great lead guitarist. Then there are parts of the songs that want to make you keep listening, like in Take No Prisoners there is a three to five second bass solo that is really cool and that stands as a turning piont in the song to kick things up a notch. The best songs soundwise in the album is Hangar 18.
Lyrics — 9
Music, lyrically, is usually about sending some sort of message to the listeners. Megadeth does that perfectly in this album. The whole idea of nuclear war destroying the world and the fighting in the middle east really hits home for Megadeth. They display the message that nuclear war is evil throughout the whole album, even though some of the songs don't focus entirely on the topic the theme sticks around. Megadeth's lyrics are very well educated in a sense. They know what they are talking about and they know why they are talking about it. The best song lyrically is The Holy Wars... The Punishment Due.
Overall Impression — 9
This album was one of those albums you really have to learn to aprecciate. There are a lot of little details that help the band sound better, but they are hard to notice the fisrt time listenening to them. The band's worst mistake was adding the bonus songs and demo versions at the end of the album. I could care less for those songs but I can see why you would want them. The best things about Megadeth in this album are the lead guitar riffs and solos, there are a few good ones in Poison Was The Cure that are worth mentioning, and the solo in Hangar 18 is way cool. The best song I cannot decide on but it's between the Holy Wars... The Punishment Due, Take No Prisoners, and Tornado of Souls.