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Remastered reissue of double platinum album includes four bonus tracks, 'Crown Of Worms' (prev. unreleased in U.S.), 'Countdown To Extinction' (demo - prev. unreleased), 'Symphony Of Destruction' (demo - prev. unreleased), & 'Psychotron' demo - prev. unreleased).
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  • Audio CD (July 27, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics, Extra tracks
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B0002EXH4K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (315 customer reviews)
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By R. Gorham on May 1, 2006
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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By guitar god on 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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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Martin A. on August 13, 2001
Format: Audio CD
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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Killing Inc. on 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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