Released : June 1985
Recorded : December 1984 - January 1985
Genre : Thrash metal, speed metal
Length : 31:25
Label : Combat, Loud, Relativity
Producer : Dave Mustaine, Karat Faye
Killing Is My Business... and Business Is Good! is the debut album by the American heavy metal band Megadeth, released in June 1985 through Combat and Relativity Records. During the beginning of 1985, the band was given $8,000 by Combat Records to record and produce their debut album. Instead, a majority of the budget was spent on drugs, alcohol, and food, meaning the band was forced to fire their original producer and produce the album themselves. Despite the resulting poor production, Killing Is My Business... and Business Is Good!, released in May 1985, was a well-received effort that blended elements of thrash and speed metal.
The album featured a controversial cover of "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" and the long-time fan-favorite "Mechanix". A deluxe edition, completely remixed and remastered with several bonus tracks, was released by Loud Records in 2002. It featured vastly different artwork, with its cover based on the version originally design by Dave Mustaine in 1985.
1. Last Rites / Loved To Deth
2. Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good
3. The Skull Beneath The Skin
4. These Boots
6. Chosen Ones
7. Looking Down The Cross