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Countdown to Extinction Original recording remastered, Double LP, HiFi Sound
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Audio CD, Explicit Lyrics, Extra tracks, July 27, 2004
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The metal masterpiece from Megadeth. Applauded by critics and fans alike, Countdown to Extinction is an ultra hard rock album that truly stands the test of time. Featuring the intense guitar fury of Metallica co-founder Dave Mustaine and Shrapnel super star Marty Friedman, and coupled with the pounding thunder of bassist Dave Ellefson and drummer Nick Menza, this album cemented Megadeth's eternal standing as keepers of the faith and true Metal Gods. Play it LOUD!!! Track Listings Skin O' My Teeth Symphony of Destruction Architecture of Agression Foreclosure of a Dream Sweating Bullets This Was My Life Countdown to Extinction High Speed Dirt Psychotron Captive Honour Ashes In Your Mouth Crown of Worms (Bonus Track)
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The seller I bought from sold me an original pressing of the CD, so I can't speak for the remaster. But basically, this album is perfect.
Some have said that Megadeth "sold out" with this record; they must have got that confused with "sold billions". It sold that many for a reason: it's just that good. It is a slight departure from their usual 80s/1990 style, but you can still recognise that it's Megadeth. Definitely more speed metal than thrash, but it's still a very heavy album. Definitely get it if you're thinking about it. I don't regret it one bit
"Countdown" maintains some of the thrash and shredding solos that were signature Megadeth but this time around, the band incorporates melody and experimentation. There's acoustic guitar on "Foreclosure of a Dream" for instance but it doesn't make it any less intense or heavy. They struck the right balance on each song.
At first I have to admit that I was a bit weary when Dave Mustaine spoke verses on songs like "Sweating Bullets", but I really can't imagine the songs any other way. Dave has this way of speaking with such conviction combined with an insane aggression that actually works (he doesn't do that with every song on here). Songs like "Psychotron" are driven by spoken verses like I mentioned and somehow they sound powerful and amazing instead of coming off as lame or cheesey.
The songwriting and musicianship on this album is right up there with "Rust in Peace" and on some songs surpasses it in my opinion. It's literally mind-blowing listening to the instrumental arrangements and the musicians playing these brilliantly penned songs.
As for the bonus tracks, "Crown of Worms" sounds like a pretty good B-Side but not up to the caliber of what was originally on the album. The rest of the bonus tracks are demos and you basically hear skeletons of what would become masterpieces.
If you're a fan of Megadeth and don't own this, get this as soon as you can.
If you're new to Megadeth, you can start here or with "Rust in Peace".
Thanks Mobile Fidelity and Megadeth.