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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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Product Details

  • 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 (340 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,842 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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No matter which band you like better, no matter how much you're pro or anti Dave Mustaine, you still can't help but smile at all the imbedded shots he takes towards his former band, the beast known as "Metallica".
This album finally corrects Dave's microphone problems that plagued "Peace Sells..." and parts of "Rust in Peace". Dave's growing vocal range is evident on this album as well, and I prefer his singing on this album to it's predecessors.
Am I the only one who absolutely hated 'Sweating Bullets' the first time I heard it? And the second time? And the third time? It took me several YEARS (like six or seven) before I came around to liking this song, and now I love it as much as the rest of the songs. Strange...
Speaking of strange, did you know Megadeth was on the "Super Mario Bros: The Movie" soundtrack? Yep, there they are with 'Breakpoint'. I always thought this should have been between 'Foreclosure of a Dream' and 'Sweating Bullets' on the CD... what's that? Yes, I actually DO own a cassette copy of the SMB soundtrack. No, I will not go into further detail on why I own that cassette...
'Architecture of Agression' is one of the best songs I've ever heard.
This is yet another Megadeth classic. Third album in a row that does not contain a bad song. I like that in a band.
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