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Release date: May 1985
Style: Thrash metal

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01. Last Rites / Loved To Death
02. Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good
03. Skull Beneath The Skin
04. These Boots [Nancy Sinatra cover]
05. Rattlehead
06. Chosen Ones
07. Looking Down The Cross
08. Mechanix
09. Last Rites/Loved To Deth [demo] [2002 re-release bonus]
10. Mechanix [demo] [2002 re-release bonus]
11. The Skull Beneath The Skin [demo] [2002 re-release bonus]

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Lyrics (8)


Line-up
Dave Mustaine - vocals, guitars, piano
Christopher "Chris" Poland - guitars
Gar Samuelson - drums, timpani
David Ellefson - bass, backing vocals

Guest review by
Spyroid

Rating:
8.0
On most debut albums the songs are all very good - it's most likely a best of from all the years the band existed before they got a record deal. But unfortunately, the band is not famous enough to get a lot of money for the production. This album is a little bit special on both points - first of all this album was released not so long after Dave Mustaine's departure from Metallica so, this is not an album with songs composed over five years or something like that. And about the production... I heard rumours that the band spent most of the money they got for the recording on sex, drugs and booze, which resulted in a sound a bit too raw for my taste. Of course, old school Bay Area Thrash should sound not like Enya, but there is a limit after which even my ears start to hurt. It's not the worst thing that was ever recorded, but it takes some points away from an album that is actually very good.

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published 03.02.2008 | Comments (33)

Guest review by
Arian Totalis

Rating:
8.0
Dave Mustaine, as all know him, was not born 48 years ago in La Mesa California. Dave Mustaine was born in 1983 when he was betrayed by his closest friends and cast from their ranks. He went and recruited warriors for his cause so that vengence could be had. Upon the release of this debut album it would seem Dave was out for blood. Indeed, killing became his business, and business was good.

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published 14.01.2009 | Comments (0)

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Thrash del Sur - 27.01.2010 at 21:00  
  I think Rattlehead is one the top 5 thrash songs of all time!!!.
thewall30 - 28.01.2010 at 04:29  
Rating: 10
Written by Thrash del Sur on 27.01.2010 at 21:00

I think Rattlehead is one the top 5 thrash songs of all time!!!.


Top 5? I'd make it #1! lol

KIMB is a hell of an album that no thrash metal fan should not own, its a classic masterpiece!
Jafa Keks - 29.01.2010 at 16:12  
  I think Rattlehead is one the top 5 thrash songs of all time!!!
themetalman - 21.03.2010 at 20:11  
  One of the greatest album cover's ever!
Jay-WalKeR - 20.06.2010 at 13:18  
Rating: 8 There's no doubt if "Dave Mustaine" in Metallica remains talent went to waste.
Poirot - 19.02.2012 at 18:44  
Rating: 6 This album is weak, seriously. The production is terrible and Dave vocals are not that good here ... The songs are probably good, but the performance is not good enough to make me forget that awful production. Don't get me wrong, I'm a Megadeth fan ... at least after this album and except for piece of sh*t Risk. But this album is very weak IMO.
megadeath13 - 04.11.2012 at 19:36  
  Am i the only one, who thinks that this album is their 3rd best. The Energy in this album is overwhelming and i cant get enough of Songs like "The Skull beneath the Skin" or "Last Rites/Loved to Death. I also love the underproduced and raw production, really.
JÄY - 04.11.2012 at 23:19  
Rating: 10
Written by Guest on 04.11.2012 at 19:36

Am i the only one, who thinks that this album is their 3rd best. The Energy in this album is overwhelming and i cant get enough of Songs like "The Skull beneath the Skin" or "Last Rites/Loved to Death. I also love the underproduced and raw production, really.

Yes... cuz it's their second best
Maco - 18.03.2013 at 00:06  
  Dave will never sound like this anymore... sick album
belphegor666 - 04.07.2013 at 04:29  
  Sickest album ever...raw production, very aggressive... ]ν[egadet]-[ will never be the same...Hail MegaDave
AtrumHiberna - 26.07.2013 at 03:19  
Rating: 9 This album is proof that speed doesn't (always) kill
sandbags - 03.11.2013 at 09:04  
Rating: 7
Written by JÄY on 04.11.2012 at 23:19

Written by Guest on 04.11.2012 at 19:36

Am i the only one, who thinks that this album is their 3rd best. The Energy in this album is overwhelming and i cant get enough of Songs like "The Skull beneath the Skin" or "Last Rites/Loved to Death. I also love the underproduced and raw production, really.

Yes... cuz it's their second best

I'd have to agree. It's a good album. The songs are well written, but not when compared to later albums. It could have been so much more if the production were better. Still, it's a great first effort from one of metals finest.
God Buster 鬼 - 25.03.2014 at 20:22  
Rating: 8
Written by Poirot on 19.02.2012 at 18:44

This album is weak, seriously. The production is terrible and Dave vocals are not that good here ... The songs are probably good, but the performance is not good enough to make me forget that awful production. Don't get me wrong, I'm a Megadeth fan ... at least after this album and except for piece of sh*t Risk. But this album is very weak IMO.


Probably your listening direction was wrong.
This album is very much stressing on their impecable guitar's techniques and skills, which is unlike Metallica's superficial melodic approach. A masterpiece !

1) Terrible vocals ? No way ! Dave's vocals at his best, only declined on Youthanasia, became harsh may be due to excessive smoking
(By far Youthanasia still can be considered as a good album)

2) There's one thing I am not sure, the innerlays show Dave and Chris both are Lead Guitarist, but who was really playing the main role at that time remains unknown.

May be Marcel can answer the second question as he has a Master Degree in Metal.
JÄY - 26.03.2014 at 03:45  
Rating: 10
Written by God Buster 鬼 on 25.03.2014 at 20:22

...and a Doctorate in Dumbass

May be Marcel can answer the second question as he has a Master Degree in Metal.
God Buster 鬼 - 26.03.2014 at 09:17  
Rating: 8
Written by JÄY on 26.03.2014 at 03:45

Written by God Buster 鬼 on 25.03.2014 at 20:22

...and a Doctorate in Dumbass

May be Marcel can answer the second question as he has a Master Degree in Metal.



Jay,
Don't mess around ! I didn't use the word Dumbass.
I sincerely need the answer.
JÄY - 27.03.2014 at 21:01  
Rating: 10
Written by God Buster 鬼 on 26.03.2014 at 09:17
Jay,
Don't mess around ! I didn't use the word Dumbass.
I sincerely need the answer.

Hah! I royally messed up that quote!

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