Countdown to Extinction: Live
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Instrumental wise there's no denying that Shawn Drover along with Chuck Behler are two weakest drummers on Megadeth but that doesnt mean he couldnt pull it out. For most of part, he just follows what's on the record without adding much fill in like Jimmy De Grasso did on Rude awakening. Chris Broderick is more than capable of pulling any solos note to note and the thing I like about him is that he's not trying to improve or alternate the solos much unlike the previous 2 guitarist Al Pitrelli and Glen Drover. The double Dave has always been spot on when it comes to Guitar and bass playing, just like in any previous live DVD, they just nailed everything perfectly.
I hear some people complaining about the bass being too loud, or vocal is terrible etc etc, and ironically when Megadeth put out DVD that sounded too perfect (Sofia & Blood in the water), these people will claim there are too many studio fix, so either way you can never please anyone especially those who always looking for negative aspect of every release. Just be grateful that the band is still alive and well after freakin 30 years and consistently putting out new record and touring.
Also, this is the first time Megadeth releasing a DVD without cutting the setlist! (Not counting Big 4 sofia). That one night, London 92, Rude awakening , Fillmore 99, Rust in peace live, all those DVDs doesnt have full setlist of the original show but this time it has the full setlist!
Sounds crisp, bands on fire, bass is thumping...if you have a good theater system it will definitely get a nice work out!
If that dont sound like you ....youtubes that way--------->
I hoped for a better set (maybe Argentina or Brasil would have been better) because the people is not very into the show.
Megadeth Rules \m/
Now to put it in perspective, Countdown to Extinction most definitely followed the trend set by Metallica in the early 90s, which was to streamline their sound, lessening the blistering thrash metal assault and aiming for a wider mass appeal by slowing down tempos and adding more melody, songwriting, and grooves to the music. Now that being said and also admitting that Countdown was a huge change from Rust in Peace, it still sounds like Megadeth. Even though the technical wizardry is less on CTE, it sounds like a proper evolution of the bands sound. The tempos may be slowed but the snarling cynicism of Mustaine and post apocalyptic sound crafted by the band still come across well and in some respects even better than previous Megadeth albums because the songwriting is so much more mature on this album. In other words what I'm saying is that Megadeth may have turned down the intensity with Countdown but they certainly didn't soften their sound. There's really no "pop" songs on this album. Sweating Bullets and Symphony of Destruction may have great, catchy hooks, but the lyrical content and tone of the music is anything but poppy.
It was that evolution of Megadeth on Countdown that really earned my respect.Read more ›
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Megadeth! is great,this one not as good as "That One Night - Live in Buenos Aires"
I can see why some of the other reviews said about the sound and video,but still a... Read more
Great show. I really enjoyed the film image being presented along with the show itself. Mustain and the boyz really tear it up and I also really liked the song selection. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Marc Bolger
it was scratched up so bad it wouldn't play through an entire song without freezing up or skippingPublished 10 months ago by chris baker