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Megadeth - Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good!



7.9 | 1230 votes |
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]

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 (1)

Guest review by
omne metallum
Rating:
7.8
Finally, with the "Final Kill" version of Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good!, we get some mixes that allow the music to shine through. This album has such complexities that previous mixes never managed to do justice. Killing Is My Business... blends technicality, heaviness and a jazzy approach to produce a near concise classic. The songs are strong, and sadly overlooked when it comes to 'Deth's back catalog.

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published 07.04.2020 | Comments (2)

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01.08.2021 - 00:25
Rating: 7
Redel

I learned to appreciate this album a bit more over the years.
There is some great material on this album, which clearly indicates where the band was going with Peace Sells in the following: the opener, the title track, and The Skull Beneath the Skin. These songs easily match this quality I would say.
Rattlehead, and Mechanix are alright, the rest does not give me much.
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03.12.2021 - 22:03
Rating: 7
F3ynman2000

Written by Redel on 01.08.2021 at 00:25

I learned to appreciate this album a bit more over the years.
There is some great material on this album, which clearly indicates where the band was going with Peace Sells in the following: the opener, the title track, and The Skull Beneath the Skin. These songs easily match this quality I would say.
Rattlehead, and Mechanix are alright, the rest does not give me much.

Yeah I first didn't like this album at all. It sounded like an incoherent mess. But the remaster really makes this album shine for me (which is unusual for a Megadeth remaster). Some pretty good songs and that melodic instrumental opening sure is a surprise!

Overall, it doesn't reach the greatness of Peace Sells and Rust in Peace, but it's still enjoyable. (Although Kill Em All and Show No Mercy are way better debuts)
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30.12.2021 - 23:50
Rating: 8
doez
Hallucigenia
Fuck it this is megadeth's second best after rust in peace
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