Released by: Columbia/Legacy
Release Date: Out Now!!!
Genre: Trash Metal
Dave Mustaine: Guitar/Vocals
Chris Poland: Guitar
Dave Ellefson: Bass
Gar Samuelson: Drums
1.Last Rites/Loved To Deth
2. Killing Is My Business…And Business Is Good
3.The Skull Beneath The Skin
5. Chosen Ones
6. Looking Down The Cross
8. These Boots
9. Last Rites/Loved To Deth (Live 1987 London UK)
10. Killing Is My Business…And Business Is Good (Live 1986 Denver, Co)
11. The Skull Beneath The Skin (Live 1990 London UK)
12. Rattlehead (Live 1987 Bochum Germany)
13. Chosen Ones (Live 1986 Denver Co)
14. Looking Down The Cross (Live 1986 Denver Co)
15. Mechanix (Live 1986 Denver Co)
16. Last Rites/Loved To Deth (Demo)
17. The Skull Beneath The Skin (Demo)
18. Mechanix (Demo)
There are few albums that made as big an impact on my life as Megadeth’s debut Killing Is My Business…And Business Is Good. I don’t give a damn how you feel about Mustaine personally, but the man had something to prove, and prove it he did. Getting cast out of Metallica just before that juggernaut got off to a big start, he was understandably bitter (and perhaps he should’ve expected it as big a mess as he was at the time, and may even still be somewhat bitter, but frankly I think he came out for the better, as did the fans.) As most people at the time did, I came into Megadeth with Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying, and this was after getting my mind blown by Metallica’s Master of Puppets. I’m sure I have said this before, but being the age I was when Thrash was coming into existence was the best. I can say I remember the Big 4 Bands long before they were a blip on the Metal map. Once I found out that ‘Deth had an album before Peace, I had to have it. Once it was secured on tape, my best friend at the time Michael and I cranked it and were instantly in awe of the raw brutality. Though my love of Thrash was already well on its way to being secured, this album was the one that finalized it for me.
When I saw it was being reissued again, as Killing Is My Business…And Business Is Good- The Final Kill, remastered and full of bonus stuff, I knew I’d have to check it out. Though some years have passed since I cranked this bad boy, it still brought me that same feeling I did when I heard the cassette for the first time. I know it’s the hip thing to hate on Dave Mustaine these days, I get it. I’ve never been known to be hip and am not going to fault a man what he believes. I can’t bring myself to think of him as anything more than one of those legends that created music that was very much the soundtrack to my youth. Revisiting this album is like stepping into a time machine, it brings back so many great memories of listening to this over and over, boggling over the speed and technicality, not knowing (yet) the story behind the creation of Megadeth in its entirety, but knowing enough to realize that this was angry music by an angry man for an angry generation. Songs like “Mechanix,” “Chosen Ones,” The Skull Beneath the Skin,” and the crushing “These Boots” cover reminded me why I hold this band so fondly in my heart. Mustaine and Chris Poland playing such intense licks and solos, Gar Samuelson beating all hell out of the drums yet keeping it cohesive, and Ellefson driving that low end as only he can. Not to mention the fact that there are live tracks culled from the years playing these songs, and a few demos. On top of that, the album sounds fantastic without taking away any of the rawness.
If you love heavy music and haven’t heard Killing Is My Business, you are really missing out. Killing Is My Business…And Business Is Good – The Final Kill is a great piece of history any self-respecting Thrash nerd should own. I’m so happy to see this album still getting the high regard it deserves. And to think had Dave not been such a mess back then, we likely never would gotten all of this amazing music over the years. To some that might’ve been a good thing, but for me and legions of other Megadeth fans, we owe a big thanks to Metallica for ousting him, because now we have so much more music, and so much of it is incredible…and frankly on Dave’s side of Thrash Metal History.
Written by: Chris Martin