was one of the bands who spearheaded thrash metal in the 1980s. They were considered part of the Thrash Four, along with fellow Bay Area
. When listening to the album, one can immediately tell why. It has everything that you should expect from thrash metal; fast riffs and expertly done solos (courtesy of Dave Mustaine and Chris Poland
), heavy bass, drumming that will force you to headbang at will, and snarling vocals.
In the past, the album has been criticized for it's bad quality production. While this is true, this is in no means a reason to call the album inadequate. It is one of Megadeth
's best albums (only competing with Peace Sells and So Far
So Good... So What!, although Friedman purists would disagree...) by far and although it's quality is crap (and ear-hurting at times), it shouldn't stop a true Megadeth
fan from enjoying this gem of thrash metal.
The album starts off with a piano piece performed by Mustaine, and quickly morphes in to a heavy thrasher titled Loved to Deth and features a solo by Dave Mustaine. The title track fades in with feedback and showcases the band's riffs and overall talent, and ends with a solo by Poland. The last song on the album is Mechanix
, a song written by Dave Mustaine when he was in his first band and later brought it to Metallica
(who he played with before Kirk
Hammett joined), who played it on their demo No Life
and later slowed the pace and added a melodic passage in the middle to make the song The Four Horsemen
which was featured on their debut.
This album, although not a fan favourite like RIP or Peace Sells, it is still, in my opinion, a great thrash metal album which helped influence alot of metal acts that came after Megadeth