Megadeth, ‘Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying? (25th Anniversary Edition)’ (Capitol/EMI)
Despite its metal signifiers, Megadeth’s 1986 second album is basically glossy hardcore with magic-show guitar solos and poetry about Satan. Singer-guitarist Dave Mustaine’s vision is as inspired and uninformed as an adolescent conspiracy theory, but his playing (and the band’s suffocating breakdowns) capture a raw paranoia that words can’t. The ?resulting paradox is music that feels ugly and frightened, executed with complete finesse — rock as a grindhouse money shot on loop. Disc two’s live cover of “These Boots Are Made for Walking” ends with Mustaine growling, “And you think I’m kidding, don’t ya?” Yes.