Megadeth
Killing Is My Business...


5.0
classic

Review

by PoliticallyIncorrectMetalhead USER (2 Reviews)
January 14th, 2005 | 141 replies | 55,098 views


Release Date: 1985 | Tracklist


14 of 17 thought this review was well written

Shortly After Dave Mustaine was kicked out of Metallica in 1983, he created Megadeth. He made this band mostly because he wanted revenge on Metallica but it became so much more. The band was made up out of two jazz/fusion musicians (which gave a unique feel to there music) and David Ellefson (a fellow metalhead). This is one of their most overlooked albums mainly because of Peace Sells and R.I.P. So here it goes their first album.

I hear the production quality is shatty on the original, but luckily I dont have it I have the remastered version.

Line-up
Dave Mustaine-lead and rhythm guitarist and piano
Chris Poland-Lead and Rhythm guitars
David Ellefson-Bass and Backing vocals
Gars Samuelson-Drums and Tympani

1. Last Rites/Loved to Death
The first song to kick off the album. The intro starts off with a piano and then the bass comes in. Then in comes the riff and a scream from Dave M. This is a personal favorite. The lyrics simply put are: Boy meets girl, Boy falls in love with girl, Girl doesn’t love boy, and Boy kills girl. A great way to start off this album 5/5

2. Killing is My Business...and Business is good
The title track to this album. Actually based on the comic the punsisher. In which there is an assassin who ironically kills his boss. This song got me listening to the album more and more. The guitar riff is broken into two separate sections and so are the vocals. So like normal, the title track is an extremely kicka** song. 5/5

3. The Skull Beneath the Skin
This song is about Vic, the mascot of Megadeth. It is about Vic getting sacrificed in a ritual. The guitar riffing is very progressive to reflect on the darkness of the song and its context. Although I don’t think its as good as the last song it’s still great and I love the intro. 4/5

4. Rattlehead
A thrash classic. The guitar intro and riff is so great. Its pure speed metal, nothing more nothing less. Chris Poland Plays solo fills after each verse. This is a personal favorite (which by the way I have a lot of) Great drumming too. It is the equivalent of Whiplash, but far better. 5/5

5. Chosen Ones
Its amazing how this song is actually about Monty Python and the holy grail. It is about the Killer rabbit infront of the cave. This song is calmer than most early Megadeth songs. Its even got a nifty little bass solo which is sweet. 4/5

6. Looking Down the Cross
What a amazing song. What a masterpiece. Everything about this song is ace. The guitar is perfect, the drums are perfect, the bass is perfect, the vocals are perfect. This song is about The Last Temptation of Christ and What Jesus was thinking. The guitar in the beginning is very sad and is built up to an evil epilogue. And I still can’t emphasize how great Gars is in this song. I love the part when Dave sings “Looking down the Cross" and Dave E sings back" speak no evil". My favorite Megadeth song of all time. Easily a 5/5 :thumb:

7. Mechanix
Was originally on the Metal Massacre demo while Dave M was still in Metallica. Metallica turned theres into the Four Horesemen. Most people think Megadeth ripped Metallica off when in truth it is vise versa. And the drumming is certainly better than Lars’ in Four Horsemen The lyrics are about Daves fantasies while he was working in a gas station. 4/5

8. These Boots
This is a cover but more of a joke on “These Boots were made for walking" by Lee Hazelwood. This song highlights Gars unorthodox drumming style. Still a great song and pretty funny. But I can’t stand how it beeps out words even though this album isn’t edited. 4/5

I listen to this album religiously 5/5 any Megadeth fan should get this album. Preferably the remastered one. But keep in mind that Dave Mustaines voice is not loved by all.. I can't understand why :chug:


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YDload
August 28th 2004



1207 Comments


I really like your review. Now I want this album!

PoliticallyIncorrectMetalhead
August 28th 2004



44 Comments


haha thanks no one I know has it.

Bartender
Emeritus
August 28th 2004



826 Comments


I thought These Boots Were Made For Walking was by Nancy Sinatra? Or was that a cover too?

Another good review, by the way.

TheLeperAffinity
August 28th 2004



7 Comments


[QUOTE=Bartender]I thought These Boots Were Made For Walking was by Nancy Sinatra? Or was that a cover too?

Another good review, by the way.[/QUOTE]
I think Lee Hazelwood wrote the songs and had Nancay Sinatra sing it. Great review :thumb:

Shadows
Moderator
August 29th 2004



2530 Comments


Great review. I definitely need more Megadeth...

mexicanfloydian
August 29th 2004



165 Comments


Great review. I really hate those beeps in these boots. I don't listen to that song at all just for the ****ing beeps.

DimebagDarrell
August 31st 2004



65 Comments


lol yeh those beeps are really anooying at first i thought it was swearing but its not its something to do with the songwriter not letting him doing it so censoring someof it out to stop copyright enfringement :lol: great review.:thumb: looking down the cross :thumb:

extreme_191
September 1st 2004



17 Comments


I'm getting this album, after I destroy Countdown. Worst possible let down, ever.

RiceMonster
September 30th 2004



62 Comments


I've neen looking for this album for a while now, and I can't find it anywhere :upset: is it still in stores or what?

ReturnToRock
October 1st 2004



3448 Comments


Hey!!
I've got the album and couldn't agree more on your review, although my personal fave is the title track.
can anyone explain to me why «Them Boots» isn't in my version of the album?

Five Magics
October 2nd 2004



9 Comments


[QUOTE=extreme_191]I'm getting this album, after I destroy Countdown. Worst possible let down, ever.[/QUOTE]

What's wrong with Countdown? Yes it is TOTALLY different than Killing, but it is a great album as well.

PoliticallyIncorrectMetalhead
October 2nd 2004



44 Comments


Hey!!
I've got the album and couldn't agree more on your review, although my personal fave is the title track.
can anyone explain to me why «Them Boots» isn't in my version of the album?


You probably have the original version, I dont think it has that song on it.

Reidie86
October 4th 2004



7 Comments


good review, although having the remastered version also it is kinda obvious that you have kinda just rephrased what dave writes about each song in the inside cover. a godd reviw of a really underated album tho :chug:

PoliticallyIncorrectMetalhead
October 4th 2004



44 Comments


Finally someone noticed.

Metallogy
October 4th 2004



2 Comments


Defiantly a classic that will keep you rattling that d@mn head

Dave Mustaine auditioned several singers before deciding to sing himself, his voice isn’t the most pleasant to a lot of people, but in my opinion it fits really well towards Megadeth’s style.

I would also recommend:
Peace Sells… but Who’s Buying,
So Far, So Good, So What?
Rust In Peace.

Dave Mustaine wrote Mechanix in his first band ' Panic '...
anyways, I think this is one of the best review's I seen :thumb:

Dethtrasher
October 6th 2005



2211 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great info about the songs, not my favorite album but it is very good. You should listen to the DEMO-version of MECHANIX!! It sounds mor powerful than the original song.

smart blockhead
October 15th 2005



13 Comments


I'm going to buy this album. I've already got Rust In Peace and Peace Sells and from what I've heard of this one it's good too. I don't find Dave's voice annoying either, I actually like it because he doesn't sound like anyone else. I also didn't like Countdown.

spoon_of_grimbo
November 12th 2005



2240 Comments


hey Dethtrasher, where did u get the demo version from? i NEED to hear that!

Dethtrasher
November 13th 2005



2211 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I downloaded it from DC++, the song is pure awesome.

Great bass, it is fast and the guitar intro really sounds like an engine starting up. So plain cool song.

VicRattlehead18
February 12th 2006



7 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Not cool, My gay-a$$ parents won't let me buy the album because now they slapped a f*****g Parental Advisory sticker on it. So I just my friend to buy it and he lent it to me.
The revie wuz g00d too.



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