The follow up from rust in peace(1990).Countdown To Extinction offers the listner to open his/her mind to myriad of ideas about war,politics,armageddon all with the megadeth familiar fast tempo and guitar solos that made most metal guitarists at the time feel embrassed.Slightly more commerical than Rust In Peace,the thrash was left by the wayside and replaced with edited guitar solos and sweet short choruses.But there is no mistaking that this a megadeth record a good starting point for a fan that has really heard only a few songs and wants to hear what else on offer songs I would highly recommend of this album,Sweating Bullets,Angry Again,Go To Hell,Symphony Of Destruction all instant classics
Recorded at The Enterprise, Burbank, California from January 6 to April 28, 1992.
Collector's Limited Edition
Megadeth: Dave Mustaine (vocals, guitars); Marty Friedman (acoustic guitar, background vocals); David Ellefson (bass guitar, background vocals); Nick Menza (drums, background vocals).
Megadeth achieved massive success with its aggressive fourth album, RUST IN PEACE, and its follow-up, 1992's COUNTDOWN TO EXTINCTION, combined the band's trademark thrash metal with hints of the more mainstream territory that would be further charted on the subsequent YOUTHANASIA. However, on COUNTDOWN, Megadeth never sacrifices its characteristic crunch. "Symphony of Destruction" and "Skin O' My Teeth" boast a slightly streamlined sound, but the anger, sarcasm, and signature snarl of frontman Dave Mustaine remain wholly intact. By this time, many major thrash groups had started slowing things down a bit, and Megadeth showed it could be just as powerful doing mid-tempo rockers as it could with high-velocity barnstormers. As always, Mustaine's dark lyrics tackle a range of personal, social, and political topics, the former best exemplified by the multi-faceted "Sweating Bullets," which features Mustaine carrying on a dialogue with his own tortured psyche.
What the critics say...
Spin (12/92, p.69) - Ranked #20 in Spin's list of the `20 Best Albums Of The Year' - "...Not many metal bands can muster the formidable chops Megadeth exhibits on COUNTDOWN..."
Entertainment Weekly (7/24/92, p.59) - "...Megadeth's fifth and meatiest album...seethes with angry politics...The music has lost its hurricane verve but keeps its crunch, and feels more rooted, even more melodic..." Rating: A-
Q (9/92, p.78) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...Megadeth play a multi-layered, highly-charged style of metal guitar music that's fast, flashy and infectious...Megadeth will take you one louder..."
Reflex (11/10/92, p.73) - "...impressively clean, streamlined, and sharp...brimming with killing riffs...[singer] Mustaine's never sounded more confident, verbally and vocally..."
- Skin O' My Teeth
- Symphony Of Destruction
- Architecture Of Aggression
- Foreclosure Of A Dream
- Sweating Bullets
- This Was My Life
- Countdown To Extinction
- High Speed Dirt
- Captive Honour
- Ashes In Your Mouth
- Crown Of Worms - (Bonus Track)
- Countdown To Extinction - (Bonus Track, Demo)
- Symphony Of Destruction - (Bonus Track, Demo)
- Psychotron - (Bonus Track, Demo)
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