MetalBite Review by Luka on 4/2/2002
Dave Mustaine gives us the perfect example of how easy it is to get screwed in the music business. While his former bandmates in Metallica
were now touring the world and playing the songs he wrote, taking all but full credit for them, ol’ Dave was left on the streets with nothing but a guitar and his great ego. After two years and two godly Metallica
albums he finally makes a comeback, grabbing his neighbor Ellefson to pluck the bass and finding a couple of druggies for the drums and other guitar he gives birth to Megadeth
, and judging by this album, it was a stillborn.
This awful album was ultimately the result of a bad sequence of events in Bay Area metal scene. Dave Mustaine’s original musical debut, as I see it, was "Kill ‘Em All"
, which is one of my favorite metal albums ever. "Killing is My Business"
was the first step in Dave’s difficult quest to get back into the metal scene and it was a stumble. This album is mighty weak, and in more ways than one! From the three-dollar production and low budget studio to the hastily-written songs from Dave Mustaine’s heroin-infected brain, this one just bombs. This is like some old, horribly-produced demo tape that is best left forgotten and forever vacant from the Mega-discography.
Now the songs themselves, or most of them anyway, are composed with great skill and experience. The only weakness is that the horrible production and weak and blurry-sounding instruments make all that talent very hard to notice and appreciate. 'Chosen Ones'
or the aspiring epic 'Looking Down the Cross'
would be truly magnificent songs if they were executed with more passion and produced in a quality studio. It’s really a shame, this is art in purest form and it’s compromised because of a low budget. A shame indeed, but as I’ve noticed with numerous metal bands, all the shit that piles up in their career just helps strengthen their resolve to keep at it even more. That is dedication in it’s purest form.
Another bullet hole in the quality of the album is Mustaine voice. He absolutely cannot sing! With every following album his voice shows improvement, and it is only after hearing him here do you notice what an amazing improvement that actually is! When he starts his pitiful wail on the opening track it’s hard not to laugh, but he gets a little more comfortable with his voice on the following songs. The three choice pickings are 'Skull Beneath the Skin', 'Rattlehead'
and 'Looking Down the Cross'
. The Megadeth
version of 'The Four Horsemen'
is an embarrassment to the original. The theme is changed from valour, pride, blood and battle to a car station blowjob incident and the tempo has been sped up so much that all the beat and groove is lost.
Bottom Line: Megadeth
started at the very bottom, this being the weakest album in their career, and then started to rise from there. A couple of very interesting songs here, the rest are bad.
out of 10