Peace Sells...But Who's Buying? Is not only an interesting question, but is the title for Megadeth's second album. The album was released on September 19,1986, and was originally was going to be released through Combat Records. It didn't really go far on charts, as it only reached number 76 on the Billboard 200 here in the US, and only 182 on Japanese charts.
They chose the title track, "Peace Sells" as the lead single for the album, and it automatically draws the attention and sets up a certain vibe for the album. The song talks about how people always question you, no matter what you're doing with your life. The perfect example of such questioning is found through out the song, starting with the first verse. "What do you mean, 'I don't believe in God'? I talk to him every day. What do you mean, 'I don't support your system'? I go to court when I have to. what do you mean, 'I can't get to work on time.' I got nothing better to do.'
Nobody is ever happy with what you're doing, and yet they always claim to support you. Its backwards really, and such a shame. Its claimed to be "We the people", but really, its every person for themselves. This song expresses that perfectly.
Something I've noticed while working on other albums Megadeth has done, is that their lyrics are very poetic. They always tell a story, usually in a very interesting, beautiful and dark way. It tends to be rather captivating, and that's what brings me to the next song I wanted to highlight. "The Conjuring." Now surely this one caused quite the stir back in the day, as it sort of sounds like its about summoning Satan, but yet it says "Don't summon the devil, don't call the priests. If you need the strength, the conjuring." Its a very interesting track that sounds sort of magical, and definitely draws the attention, but its definitely a bit controversial. That's something I like about it though!
The entire album has an undertone of forbidden acts, and things you know certain people in society would not appreciate. I think that's what's so interesting about this album though. Its dark, and mysterious, rather than being full on political. It touches on that here and there, but they went about it with a different approach this time around. That's something I greatly enjoy.
Ladies and Gentlemen, I present you Megadeth's wonderful second album, Peace Sells...But Who's Buying? Go check it out if you haven't already and be sure to check out all of the reviews for Megadeth here on Immortal Music! This was the last album left to review from Megadeth or any Fort Rock artist as far as we know.
The reviews for Megadeth are: Killing Is My Business-So Far, So Good, So What?- Rust In Peace- Youthanasia -Countdown to Extinction -Cryptic Writings- Risk- The World Needs A Hero -The System Has Failed - United Abominations -Endgame -Thirteen -Super Collider -Dystopia
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All reviews have the date they were written, the album title, and the band's name, with the exception of Life Starts Now by Three Days Grace and Dear Agony by Breaking Benjamin. Those dates were guessed at, as they were written well before the website began.