It was released in November 1986. Originally, the project was handled by Combat Records, and this resulted in the first mix of the album. It was remixed and remastered in 2004 by Dave Mustaine.
Peace Sells was Megadeth's breakthrough moment. With new major-label backing and some of the best songs of their career, the band had officially arrived and were poised to finally present a viable challenge to Mustaine's former group, Metallica, as thrash's reigning trailblazers. The album's title track, in particular, became inescapable, with its iconic opening bassline in constant replay as the introduction to MTV News - though Mustaine would gripe that he never saw any royalties from that usage.
Arguably Megadeth's strongest effort and a classic of early thrash, Peace Sells combines a punkish political awareness with a dark, threatening, typically heavy metal world-view, preoccupied with evil, the occult, and the like. The anthemic title track and "Wake Up Dead" are the two major standouts, and there is also a cover of Willie Dixon's "I Ain't Superstitious," which takes on an air of supernaturally induced paranoia in the album's context.