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Countdown to Extinction

4.5 out of 5 stars 337 customer reviews

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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


Product Details

  • Audio Cassette (July 14, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000002V0R
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (337 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,689 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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Countdown To Extinction (1992.), Megadeth's fifth studio album

The story of Dave Mustaine and his world famous thrash metal band Megadeth is one never short of interest. During the 1980's, Megadeth never quite found true consistency. Dave Mustaine, out to make music to rival his old band Metallica, was plagued by band line-up troubles. If it wasn't him firing band member's such as Chris Poland for selling band equipment for drug money, then it was Dave himself abusing drink and drugs like it was the last day of his life. As a result, the early Megadeth lacked any sense of chemistry and this reflected in the band's music which, although it was pretty cool and great to listen to, did not quite have the classic touch. This all changed with the recruitment of drummer Nick Menza and guitar genius Marty Friedman. With the new line-up in place, the band recorded the classic that is 'Rust In Peace', one of my personal favourite albums of all time. Following a hugely successful tour, there was no doubt that Megadeth had discovered their greatness. Following the tour, Dave Mustaine and Co. went into the studio to make the follow-up album, 1992's 'Countdown To Extinction'.

At the time it would have seemed impossible to top an album like 'Rust In Peace'. So many bands make a great/classic album and then follow it up with a flop. Well this was certainly not the case with Megadeth. OK, in my opinion they don't top 'Rust In Peace' with this album but they still produced another definite 5* effort. 'Countdown To Extinction' is an amazing achievement. With this album, we see Megadeth beginning to depart from the thrash stylings of their earlier albums. This is mostly in the speed of most of the songs; the album is slower throughout.
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