Iconic thrash metal band, Megadeth made their debut to the world on June 12, 1985 with their first album, Killing Is My Business...And Business Is Good. The band signed with Combat Records, who gave the band $8,000 to record and produce their debut album. Supposedly, they spent half of the budget on drugs, alcohol and food and then were forced to produce the album themselves, which resulted in poor production. Whether or not that is true, I'm not sure, but a lot of bands self produce their first albums.
Despite the quality, it was still a much loved album which launched Megadeth's rather impressive career. It also leant a massive hand in establishing the genre for what it is today.
When I think of 80's metal music, this is pretty much what I picture. Due to the quality, everything sounds very far away. That being said, it doesn't sound bad, and I like that you can actually hear Dave Mustaine's vocals. Like a lot of metal bands, people accused them of promoting Satanism. Which of course were greatly denied in a wonderful way. "I mean, it's great to thrash and pound, cut yourself up, scream and have fun, but you don't have to take out a Pagan attitude. Why support the Devil? He's already there. I'd rather just fucking thrash and be a metalist and listen to whatever I want to than be forced to listen to one style of music." Very well worded there, sir!
Honestly, while this is by far not my usual taste, I can see why despite its flaws, this album drew a lot of attention. The production may not be the best, but the music is all very well done! The lyrical content is all well worded, and makes peoples top and think about death, violence and occultism. Its a lot to think about, but rather interesting.
If pressed to choose some stand out tracks, I would definitely say the title track stands out, so does "The Boots." "The Boots" actually doesn't go with any of the themes previously mentioned, and seems to be about breaking free from what appears to be a terrible relationship. Its just something about the way that its worded that stands out, and its definitely worth listening to.
Megadeth has come a long way since 1985, but still, this album is worth checking out. If you want to fully appreciate their progress over the last thirty years, come check out this album! Also keep in mind that Megadeth is still very active today! They just released a new album, Dystopia back in January, and are very shortly going to be performing at many festivals here in the US! Those festivals include Fort Rock, Welcome To Rockville, Carolina Rebellion, Rock On The Range, Rock'n Derby,Rocklahoma, and River City Rockfest.
Also be sure to check out all of the reviews here on Immortal Music for Megadeth! Many have already been posted, and soon the rest of their discography will be up as well! Stay tuned for that, the rest are coming in the next few days. Meanwhile, here is what is up so far.
Youthanasia -Countdown to Extinction -Cryptic Writings- Risk- The World Needs A Hero -The System Has Failed - United Abominations - Thirteen -Super Collider -Dystopia
All reviews have the date they were written, the album title, and the band's name, with the exception of Life Starts Now by Three Days Grace and Dear Agony by Breaking Benjamin. Those dates were guessed at, as they were written well before the website began.