Megadeth Debut Album ‘Killing Is My Business …’ Gets June 8 Reissue




Photo of Dave Mustaine by Dana Yavin
 By JOHN DALY

Considered one of the best thrash metal albums ever, Megadeth will reissue its debut album “Killing Is My Business…and Business Is Good!” on June 8.

The band has partnered with Century Media and Legacy Recordings for the North America and European release of the hit 1985 record. The album will be released in Japan on June 6 via Sony Japan.

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‘Killing Is My Business … Restored and Remastered

Killing Is My Business…and Business Is Good – The Final Kill has been completely restored to Dave Mustaine’s vision. The album was remixed by renowned metal mixer, Mark Lewis (Trivium, Death Angel, Devildriver, Whitechapel) and was re-mastered by Ted Jensen.

“I am just as much amazed at the music we made as I am at the pure fact that we survived it all,” said Dave Mustaine, co-founder of Megadeth.

The 2018 reissue presents previously unheard bits and performances throughout the record, including a missing drum performance found during the mixing sessions. The reissue includes the original album along with seven live audio tracks from VHS tapes found in Mustaine’s attic.

The album also features Megadeth’s 1984 3-track demo and the previously removed cover of “These Boots.”

 A complete track listing is as follows:
Killing Is My Business … And Business Is Good!
1. Last Rites / Loved to Deth (Remastered)
2. Killing Is My Business…And Business Is Good! (Remastered)
3. The Skull Beneath the Skin (Remastered)
4. Rattlehead (Remastered)
5. Chosen Ones (Remastered)
6. Looking Down the Cross (Remastered)
7. Mechanix (Remastered)
8. These Boots (Remastered)
9. Last Rites / Loved to Deth (live) (1987 London, UK)
10. Killing Is My Business…And Business Is Good! (live) (1986 Denver, CO)
11. The Skull Beneath the Skin (live) (1990 London, UK)
12. Rattlehead (live) (1987 Bochum, Germany)
13. Chosen Ones (live) (1986 Denver, CO)
14. Looking Down the Cross (live) (1986 Denver, CO)
15. Mechanix (live) (1986 Denver, CO)
16. Last Rites / Loved to Deth (demo) (Remastered)
17. The Skull Beneath the Skin (demo) (Remastered)

18. Mechanix (demo) (Remastered)

In addition, the reissue gets special cover art featuring a sculpture of the skull that was lost.

Mustaine also delves into the struggles during that time period as well as some of the surprising moments during the remixing sessions throughout the re-issue’s liner notes.

“Killing Is My Business…and Business Is Good – The Final Kill” is now available for pre-order in the below format options:

North America:
CD Digipak (In stores & Online)
Gatefold Red 2LP – Limited to 1500 copies (In stores & Online)
Gatefold Black 2LP (In stores & Online)
Gatefold White 2LP –  Limited to 500 copies (FYE Exclusive)
Gatefold Silver 2LP – Limited to 500 copies (Band Exclusive available on www.megadeth.com)