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  • This is one of my favorite megadeth albums. Some classic Megadeth tracks are on here, but this album was always looked as one of megadeths worst because of the production. Now that this album is newly remixed and remastered by Dave Mustaine himself, it sounds like it was supposed to- great songwriting without all that reverb.
    This is Megadeth’s 3rd album, and it features their second recording lineup- Dave Mustaine, David Ellefson, Chuck Behler, and Jeff Young.

    Into the Lungs of Hell: 9/10
    The instrumental introduction to the album, and a good one at that.

    Set the World Afire: 10/10
    This is the first song that Dave wrote after being fired from Metallica in 1983, originally titled “Megadeth”. This is one of the highlights of the album, with some cool lyrics and a great guitar solo from Jeff Young.

    Anarchy in the UK: 10/10
    A cover of the infamous Sex Pistols song. I think its really cool that Dave covered a punk song, because I’ve always thought that Megadeth had elements of punk in their sound.

    Mary Jane: 10/10
    This song includes more great guitar riffage and many tempo changes. Definately one of my favorites on the album.

    502: 8/10
    Well, you can tell that Dave was on Drugs when he wrote this song, with a lame imatation of a siren by dave, and some of the worst lyrics he’s ever written (Pull over sh**head, its the cops), but I still like the song, because it adds to the overall mood of the album.

    In My Darkest Hour: 10/10
    Definately the best on the album. It was also written after he found out about Cliff Burton’s death, when his understanding of “someone being there for you” was born. Some of Daves best lyrics are featured here. There is also a new intro on the Remastered version.

    Liar: 10/10
    A very underrated Megadeth song. The lyrics are about Chris Poland, former Megadeth 2nd guitarist, and are very clever, and crude as well!

    Hook in Mouth: 9/10
    Dave voice on this song is different than any other song on the album, raspier in a way. I’m not sure if that was intentional or not. Anyway, some of Daves most clever lyrics are present, like when he spells “FREEDOM” and also attacks the PMRC with the clever metaphor of a hook in mouth. This song was also written around the time that Dave left Metallica.

    TOTAL: 76/80 = 5 stars

    Overall, I think that this album as a very raw feel that no other megadeth album has. Some songs are rawer than others, of course, but together they make up one of the best albums in the Megadeth catalogue. Definately pick this one up, even if you have the original!

    Posted on February 3, 2010