Third European re-release of the debut full-length album by American Thrash Metal legend.
A Thrash classic in every sense of the word! Released in June 1985 through Combat Records and Relativity Records. During the beginning of 1985, the band was given $8,000 by Combat to record and produce their debut album, but this proved to not be enough and so the band was given a further $4,000. Instead, a majority of the budget was spent on drugs, alcohol, and food so thus the band was forced to fire their original producer and produce it themselves. Despite the resulting poor production, the album was a well-received effort that was credited for blending elements of Thrash and Speed Metal. It explores themes of death, violence and social commentary, and received positive reviews from most music critics.
The album featured track "Mechanix", a song Dave Mustaine originally wrote for Metallica (recalled by Metallica to "The Four Horsemen" in “Kill 'Em All” album with changed lyrics, a bridge section and a new guitar solo added).
Undoubtedly, their rawest-sounding, most intense, fastest, angriest, and overall thrashiest album they've ever released!!
Century Media/Lonely Planet Productions/Relativity Records, 1985/2011 (9962300). Made in Germany.
1. Last Rites / Loved to Deth 04:39
2. Killing Is My Business... and Business Is Good! 03:07
3. Skull Beneath the Skin 03:47
4. These Boots (Nancy Sinatra cover) 03:39
5. Rattlehead 03:43
6. Chosen Ones 02:55
7. Looking Down the Cross 05:02
8. Mechanix 04:23
Total playing time: 31:15