In 1984, infuriated at being kicked out of Metallica, Dave Mustaine formed Megadeth to get some payback. "Peace Sells . . .

In 1984, infuriated at being kicked out of Metallica, Dave Mustaine formed Megadeth to get some payback. "Peace Sells . . . But Who's Buying?" is where he delivered the goods. To celebrate the band's 20th anniversary, Capitol is reissuing "Peace" and six other Megadeth albums, along with Mustaine side project MD.45. The title track's pulsing bass intro, Mustaine's harangue about the American way and the lightning quick guitars made "Peace" a landmark of the thrash movement. Cuts like "Wake Up Dead," "The Conjuring" and "Devil's Island" held up Mustaine and then-members Chris Poland, Dave Ellefson and Gar Samuelson as speed-metal idols. The late Samuelson allegedly encouraged Mustaine to write songs focusing on politics; because of that direction, "Peace Sells" remains lyrically relevant. Having endured shifting lineups, substance abuse and disbandment, the next chapter in Megadeth's legacy begins this September with a new album on Sanctuary.—CLT

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