From the Vault...


"Killing Is My Business...And Business Is Good!"

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Year of Release: 1985

track listing
  • Last Rites/
    Loved To Death
  • Killing Is My Business...
    And Business
    Is Good!
  • Skull Beneath The Skin
  • Rattlehead
  • Chosen Ones
  • Looking Down The Cross
  • Mechanix

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    "Killing Is My Business...And Business Is Good!"

    MEGADETH has arrived...

    Not only does Megadeth debut on the WSVNRadio website this week, it's their first album, Killing Is My Businesss...And Business Is Good! (1985). Dave Mustaine was a former member of Metallica, who was fired from this band, due to alcohol problems and personality conflicts. Out for Metallica's blood, Mustaine formed Megadeth in 1983. In reading the overall critiques of their debut album, it was considered a poor production, yet it was well-received by would-be fans.

    The debut album starts out with "Last Rites/Loved To Death" -- as "Last Rites" has an attention-grabber atmosphere and a somewhat rock opera feel. Ozzy Osbourne fans may also enjoy this part of the medley. It blends into "Loved To Death," as it defines their sound as thrash speed metal. The title track also defines thrash metal, where "Skull Beneath The Skin" has a little more potential. "Rattlehead" continues the head banging thrashing metal, "Chosen Ones" also has some potential. (Just seems the songs are sounding the same, or it just maybe the fact that thrash metal was never rated highly on my favorite styles of music...)

    An interesting song though, is "Looking Down The Cross." Its bass line keeps your attention, and as it continues, it develops into a pretty cool hard rock/thrash sound. "Mechanix" continues the thrash metal speed sound heard in earlier tunes.

    Again, in studying other reviews of Megadeth's debut, (see, it was just the beginning of Dave Mustaine's career with a band where he wanted to rock more faster and harder than Metallica. Recently, this album was remastered, with a new album cover and bonus tracks. Megadeth would record better albums in their later years, but its always interesting to hear how a popular band/artist started out and notice the progression into better recordings. Metallica would be far more popular than Megadeth, and some may argue that either is better than the other, yet both bands define thrash speed metal, a unique sound, enjoyed by some, hated by others -- its all part of the history of Rock & Roll.

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