Cryptic Writings

CD Cover Megadeth

Review by Darren Kerr

45-second excerpt from "Almost Honest" (various formats)

It's really sad when a band you used to rave about loses everything that made you feel that way about them.

I bought Megadeth's first album, Killing is My Business (and Business is Good), the first day it was released. I wore the grooves out of songs like "The Mechanix" and the hyped-up, words-changed version of Lee Hazlewood's "These Boots (are Made for Walking)," straight-ahead power-metal tunes with topsy-turvy guitar flambés, cynical vocals and a weird sense of humour.

Many albums later, the humour is gone, replaced by deadly seriousness. The guitars don't burn as hot. The arrangements aren't as whacked out or as fun as on, say, Peace Sells...But Who's Buying? And the whole album sounds typically commercial.

Dave Mustaine and company used to get me really hard -- but now all I feel is pissed off.

First published in Drop-D Magazine on October 3, 1997

Index | Search | E-mail | Info | Copyright

Considering copying some of the images from this story?
Please read this first. Thanks.