Megadeth: Peace Sells
But Whos Buying? on DVD Audio
Just once Id like to hear a heavy metal band sing about frolicking in
a field or cuddling puppies.
Okay, so maybe thats not the true spirit of the music, but why does it
always have to be so angry? Even if the band members seem like perfectly decent,
happy human beings, theyre always screaming obscenities and hating everything.
Megadeths album, Peace Sells
But Whos Buying, was one of the
pioneering heavy metal albums, inspiring countless other bands in subsequent
years. The question is: why?
Musically, the album isnt bad, but overall most of the songs are average
at best. Frontman Dave Mustaine is a talented guitar player, and he wrote some
pretty cool riffs for Peace Sells, but the lyrics seem tacked on. As an instrumental
heavy metal album (is there even such a thing?), Peace Sells
Buying would have worked a lot better.
Why this particular album was chosen for a DVD Audio disc when there are so
many classic albums out there is beyond me. To make matters worse, its
not even an overly spectacular release. You can do a lot with 5.1 surround,
but this seems like the original disc was taken and stretched into five speakers,
not actually remastered for 5.1 with any thought. There doesnt seem to
be any separation between the various instruments and vocals; you get exactly
the same thing from each speaker, but its a bit quieter in the rears.
The vocals are very quiet, almost inaudible at times, but that could be how
the band wanted it (maybe they realized they were the weakest part of the songs!).
Guitars are the most dominant element, with the rhythm section more in the background.
The disc has a few extra features, including a fifteen-minute interview with
Mustaine, guitarist Chris Poland, and bassist Dave Ellefson. The bits were recorded
just prior to the DVD Audio release of the album, so its nice to hear
the three reflect on how the record came to be and the success that followed.
Its also nice to see what these guys look like over 15 years later. With
the exception of Mustaine, you wouldnt even recognize them.
There are also two music videos, one for Wake Up Dead and the other for Peace
Sells. Theyre pretty much what youd expect from mid-80s heavy metal
The DVD Audio also includes on-screen lyrics and a photo gallery
Audio choices are 5.1 MLP for DVD-Audio Players; 5.1 dts for dts-capable systems;
2.0 PCM for all DVD-Video players
1. Wake Up Dead (Mustaine)
2. The Conjuring (Mustaine)
3. Peace Sells (Mustaine)
4. Devil's Island (Mustaine)
5. Good Mourning/Black Friday (Mustaine)
6. Bad Omen (Mustaine)
7.I Ain't Superstitious (Dixon)
8. My Last Words (Mustaine)
Genre: Heavy Metal, Label: DTS Entertainment, 5.1 Mixed by: Mack (Nightjar),
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