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Megadeth - Countdown To Extinction

8.6 | 1900 votes |
Release date: 6 July 1992
Style: Thrash metal, Heavy metal


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01. Skin O' My Teeth
02. Symphony Of Destruction
03. Architecture Of Aggression
04. Foreclosure Of A Dream
05. Sweating Bullets
06. This Was My Life
07. Countdown To Extinction
08. High Speed Dirt
09. Psychotron
10. Captive Honour
11. Ashes In Your Mouth
12. Crown Of Worms [2004 re-release bonus]
13. Countdown To Extinction [demo] [2004 re-release bonus]
14. Symphony Of Destruction [demo] [2004 re-release bonus]
15. Psychotron [demo] [2004 re-release bonus]

Top 20 albums of 1992: 10

Dave Mustaine - guitars, vocals
Marty Friedman - guitars, backing vocals
Nick Menza - drums, backing vocals
David Ellefson - bass, backing vocals

Additional info
Re-released in 2004

Guest review by
It's not easy for any band to recover from the success of its last album, above all when it has brought the house down, as Rust In Peace did. Yet Megadeth has made it. Better than that, they have coontinued on their momentum with the same lineup (Mustaine, Ellefson, Friedman, Menza). And this Countdown to Extinction, besides being the sales record for the band, is a real masterstroke.
Made in 1992, Countdown to Extinction has proved itself different from Rust in Peace, especially because of the structure of the riffs, widely purified.
The listening begins with the fast "Skin O'My Teeth", which is an excellent and very catchy appetizer. But the greta sensation comes from the second track "Symphony of Destruction", that can be considered like the hit of the album, so much that its simple and repeating riff strikes by its ingenuity. Certainly Dave Mustaine shows that he really owns the art of creating success. Besides, it must be noticed that the quality of the vocals has never been that good, languorous and radiant on the bewitching "Foreclosure of a Dream", or dangerously aggressive on "Sweating Bullets". On these last tracks the inventiveness of the four men reaches the sublime and the dizzy. "Architecture of Aggression" and "Psychotron" create darker and more disturbing atmospheres than the rest of the album with perfect guitar playing.
Because the most impressive is the real duel that Mustaine and Friedman fight, alternating for the solos, with for example the very quick "High Speed Dirt", which is a sign of the good form of the four men. It's the same thing on the wonderful "Ashes in your Mouth", devastating by its power and proving itself a highlight for Megadeth. Then, "Countdown to Extinction" is a track a bit on the fringes of the rest of the album but it is a pleasant song with a remarkable tune. To end with this, "This was my life" is a very good track that, like the preceeding one, is quite lively. The main criticism on this album is about the general sound, which may sometimes be too perfect, that is, too cold compared to the hot boost of Rust in Peace. But this fault is too minimal to turn one's back on this album.
Countdown to Extinction is an album that cannot be ignored, and not having it is a crime.
published 22.09.2003 | Comments (18)

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Arian Totalis
"Oh my God, really?!?! It's number 2?' is what came out of my mouth, but inside, I was pissed. I wanted that number one spot." (from commentary in the remastered version)

These words are the perfect exemplification of the spirit in the making of this album. The drive to make good music was leaving, and replacing it was a drive for commercialism. Now don't get me wrong, this is a good album, but it was also the beginning of the decline in Megadeth's music, a decline that would last for for the span of four albums respectively, until their redeeming 2004 release of "The System has Failed." But enough about this, let's talk about the quality of the album.

published 14.01.2009 | Comments (12)

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Megadeth, band with multiple personalities. Like a schizophrenic family member, you just have to love it. All Megadeth albums have strong identities, some of them being softer and more melodic - ok, commercial - and some of them more raw and thrashy. Dave Mustaine has always recreated Megadeth's skin over and over again, but the biggest leap in Megadeth's musical evolution happened between albums So Far, So Good... So What! (1987) and Countdown To Extinction (1992).

published 30.11.2011 | Comments (14)

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28.10.2018 - 03:16
Rating: 10
At best deranged
Well... call me insane but I like this one more than Rust In Peace.

My favourite Megadeth album.
19.02.2019 - 14:02
Rating: 7
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Tage Westerlund
Hard to judge if nowadays when we have million of metal to chose from. When I listened it as teenager it was one big killer, now, nothing special, it dont gives me what I am searching in metal anymore. Whats wrong?
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I better die, because I never will learn speek english, so I choose dieing
20.08.2020 - 11:46
Rating: 7
endangered bird
Wow the remastered version is quite detrimental to the drums and atmosphere, now that I'm comparing the two
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20.08.2020 - 13:51
Rating: 6
Metal Rambo

I have never understood why this album is supposed to be so big thing. There's handful of memorable songs, like Symphony of Destruction and Sweating Bullets, but the rest is just mediocre and forgettable. I'll take any of their previous albums over this. However, the production quality of the original version is insanely good.
You've got a lot of guts. Let's see what they look like!
10.10.2020 - 18:00
Rating: 6
This used to be my favorite album of all time, not quite sure what went through my head at the time. This release has some pretty good tracks, symphony of destruction, foreclosure of a dream, sweating bullets and high speed dirt being my favorites, but it's still overall pretty alright, nothing mindblowing and a big letdown from Rust In Peace, but I mean it wasn't really possible to beat that one.
An album rated 6 is an album I enjoyed
09.04.2022 - 21:27
Rating: 9

This is just the Black Album but better
07.11.2022 - 15:33
Rating: 8

Sweating Bullets is the most ridiculous thing they've ever released
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