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Classic Album Review: Megadeth | Killing is My Business … And Business is Good! Remixed & Remastered

Dave Mustaine's resoundingly fierce and relentlessly heavy debut gets an upgrade.

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This came out in 2002 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


In 1985, the four horsemen of the speed-metal apocalypse were Anthrax, Metallica, Slayer and Megadeth, led by former Metallica axeman Dave Mustaine.

Oldsters feeling nostalgic for those metal-thrashin’ mad times may want to revisit them with this remixed, remastered, reissued version of Megadeth’s resoundingly fierce and relentlessly heavy debut album. And why not? The raging abandon and intricate precision of these superbly restored tracks — anchored by Mustaine’s jaw-droppingly fast fretwork and gnashing, Rob Halford-esque vocals — make today’s nu-metal outfits look like the hack mama’s boys they are. But be warned: The three bonus demos are nothing to write home about, and their infamous cover of Nancy Sinatra’s These Boots Are Made For Walkin’ got stomped by the legal department, who made Mustaine bleep out his lurid lyrics. Killing may be Dave’s business, but apparently it can’t hold a candle to lawyering.