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Countdown to Extinction

MegadethAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (274 customer reviews)

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MEGADETH easily one of the most recognized and culturally significant names in hard rock music for the past three decades, are pleased to announce the forthcoming release of their thirteenth album, titled TH1RT3EN. The album will be released November 1, 2011 via Roadrunner Records. TH1RT3EN follows up 2009's Endgame, which was one of the most celebrated albums of the ... Read more in Amazon's Megadeth Store

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  • Audio CD (July 14, 1992)
  • Original Release Date: July 14, 1992
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000002V0Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (274 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,258 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Skin O' My Teeth
2. Symphony Of Destruction
3. Architecture Of Aggression
4. Foreclosure Of A Dream
5. Sweating Bullets
6. This Was My Life
7. Countdown To Extinction
8. High Speed Dirt
9. Psychotron
10. Captive Honour
11. Ashes In Your Mouth

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Megadeth is one of the few metal bands to have successfully handled the transition to the '90s, and Countdown to Extinction is proof positive; although considerably more streamlined and commercially oriented than their previous efforts, it's still a fine album, and arguably one of their best. Lead singer and guitarist Dave Mustaine's lyric-writing has improved, and the results can be heard on "Countdown to Extinction," "Symphony of Destruction," "Architecture of Aggression" (it's a rare songwriter who can make a line like that fit in a chorus), and "Foreclosure of a Dream". This is arena metal at its best; Countdown to Extinction (a reference not to genocide, as one might assume, but to endangered species) manages the difficult trick of being commercially appealing and musically sound at the same time. -- Genevieve Williams

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
THE BAND: Dave Mustaine (lead vocals, lead & rhythm guitar), Marty Friedman (lead & rhythm guitar), David Ellefson (bass), Nick Menza (drums & percussion).

THE DISC: (2004) This remixed version contains 15 songs clocking in at approximately 67 minutes. Included with the disc is a 18-page booklet containing a brief intro, band photos, song credits, song lyrics, and thank you's. "Countdown To Extinction" was original released in 1992 with 11 total tracks. Recorded at The Enterprise, Burbank, CA. New producer - Max Norman. Label - Capital.

COMMENTS: Warning - do not trade in your original disc/album for this new remixed and remastered version of "Countdown To Extinction". You need them both! This new enhanced version contains slightly different takes on the songs. Mustaine's vocals appear (on some songs) like he's in a deep echo chamber. Song intro's, song ending's, and some guitar solo's sound completely different. In some songs, it even sounds like Nick Menza is using a different drum kit (from the orignal '92 release). In my opinion - these are classic NEW takes on classic songs (reminiscent of what Deep Purple just did with their classics "Machine Head" and "Burn"). On to the review of the disc... Like Metallica, Megadeth was originally known for lightning fast riffs and steady drums to hold the songs together. This kind of music played to a select group of listeners. Megadeth matured a little bit, got a new producer, slowed it down just a tad... and the result was "Countdown to Extinction". A solid effort from start to finish. The old school Megadeth fans will say the band sold out (like old school Metallica fans said the band did with their 1991 "Black" album as well as "Load" in 1996). I've always believed that you simply can't please everyone.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Album, but not sure about the remix... September 3, 2006
Format:Audio CD
There are a couple of good things about the remix, namely the sound is more pronounced, the guitars are clearer, and overall you get more 'Deth in your ears. HOWEVER, why Dave Mustaine made some of the choices he did, I can't explain. For instance, Symphony Of Destruction is missing the harmonized guitars found in the chorus, one of my favorite aspects of the original. What was wrong with the way it was?

If you've never heard the original, then better for you. Its still a great album. Fans of the original with fond memories, be warned.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the change? August 9, 2004
Format:Audio CD
When I heard that Dave Mustaine wanted to remaster and re-record most of the parts on all the Megadeth Catalog, I always wondered if there was much to change in this album. As I heard I found out that there wasn't much to do.

While most of the other albums, specially the ones before this one, got the loads of reverb taken off, this album actually went almost the other way. The sound is almost slightly thicker. The guitars are slightly more "bass-y", the bass is very slighly more predominant than the original and the vocals sound more mature.

Still with great thrash moments (as in Ashes in Your Mouth), aggressive musical attacks (Symphony of Destruction), and driving songs (Skin Of My Teeth), the sound is very hardly different from the original. The album still features beautyfull guitar moments (Countdown to Extintion, Foreclousure of a Dream).

Since this album was digital to start with the changes are not as easy to notice as in "So Far, So good... So What" per say. Still the little changes make the record better sounding, now is it worth the money? if you have the original, I don't see why spending $15 on something so damn similar.

The extra tracks help, they are fine, the new sleves and notes are interesting, but I still don't think that they are worth $15, buy it used.

Highlights: Ashes in your Mouth, Countdown to Extintion

Lowlights: not worth it if you own the original.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This CD destroys the black album July 30, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Metallica and Megadeth both did something similar in the early 90's-they experimented with their sound. While Metallica truly sold out(I only like the hard songs on that album) and became mainstream rock, Megadeth experimented, but they were still metal. This CD sounds more like traditional heavy metal than thrash metal, but it's still brilliant. This may not be the insanely complex speed-fest that was Rust in Peace or Peace Sells, but they are still technical(i'm really wearing this word out, aren't I?), even if they reverted to a verse-chorus formula for some of the record. The band's musicianship is top quality as always. Like i've said a thousand times before, there are plenty of nice riffs and solos on here, as well as a little more acoustic work than their previous releases. Highlights on this record include "Sweating Bullets", "Skin O My Teeth", and "Architechture of Agression". While Metallica's only good releases were the first 4, Megadeth's whole catalog is worthy(though Risk may be an exception if you aren't a purist like me.) Get this instead of the overrated black album.
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better Than Metallica's Black Album August 13, 2001
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Dave Mustaine once admitted he wanted Countdown To Extinction to be Megadeth's "Metallica-Killer." And quite frankly, I think he succeeded. Countdown to Extinction is an excellent Megadeth album and stands as my second favorite by the band. Only Youthanasia is better IMO (though not by much).
Some people felt Youthanasia was Megadeth's "sell out album." Well, what they don't seem to realize is that Megadeth's slight change in sound really began with this album. Its songs are a bit slower than in earlier Megadeth releases, and they have a slightly more mainstream sound to them. And yet, some waited until the later Youth came out to say the band sold out. I guess Youthanasia suffered from what I like to call the "Eb syndrom." It seems that whenever a band tunes their guitars down to that key (also Ab in some songs), people claim their music got "a complete make-over" and the band sold out. As funny as it may seem, this has happened to a lot of bands: Metallica with their Load album, Ozzy Osbourne with The Ultimate Sin, and Megadeth with Youthanasia. Of course, Youthanasia still sounded like a Megadeth album regardless. Just a more atmospheric and melodic Megadeth album, which is what makes it the band's best IMO.
Countdown To Extinction's strongest point is its immense personality. The songs here are very catchy and (as with Youthanasia), are really something you can play in your mind during daily life. This, again, is mostly due to the fact that they're a bit slower than in earlier Megadethers, making them quite a bit easier to remember.
The album also has something many other metal albums don't have: A sense of humor.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best from Mustaine
I think Countdown To Extinction is much more melodic one than its predecessor Rust In Peace.
Megadeth's sound still enough hard and fast the same time
Published 8 days ago by Vasiliy Aleksandrovich Kapustin
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Have
Classic Megadeth!! The third best Megadeth album after Rust in Peace and Peace Sells. Essential to your Thrash Metal Collection.
Published 8 days ago by Sean Richardson
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Album!
I gave this one 5 stars because it is a great listen. MegaDeth carries the standard of Thrash/Technical metal. Read more
Published 1 month ago by J. Goosey
4.0 out of 5 stars still sounds great
after years of tasteless music coming out, I have decided to refill my stash. Megadeth is a staple of true metal and I've recently "accidentally" left the disk in my car... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jeff-STL
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
Somehow, this album went missing from my collection. My wife, who is a new Megadeth fan, demanded that we re-buy this one. It's a classic metal album. Buy it!
Published 1 month ago by warhorse
5.0 out of 5 stars Megadeth
My Husban LOVE'S Megadeth ! We had moved & He lost this C.D. We had looked for it at alot of department store's & could never find it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jennifer Usrey
3.0 out of 5 stars The remaster is not as good as the original
First, I LOVE Megadeth... always have.
Second, I don't know why but the digitally remastered songs don't sound right. Almost sounds like it is not the same band :-(
Published 3 months ago by Christopher Etherington
5.0 out of 5 stars Megadeth: Countdown to Extinction
This is the best Megadeth album of all time. This album has all the great songs. Sympathy of Destruction, Sweating Bullets, and etc.
Published 4 months ago by Philip Vitale
4.0 out of 5 stars Marty pwns again.
Not quite as epic as the first album with Marty, but still a great album. I wish Marty would spend more time as a hired gun for established bands - I tend to like his playing... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Dan Lesnick
3.0 out of 5 stars i gotta set da record straight
Being that I was a big metal fan back in the eighties (and still dig a whole lot of it...dig?) i still watch VH1's That Metal Show this weekend on demand. Read more
Published 5 months ago by d. sososikwitit
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