Megadeth
Countdown to Extinction


4.0
excellent

Review

by Raijo USER (1 Reviews)
January 14th, 2005 | 27 replies


Release Date: 1992 | Tracklist


Heh this will be the second review I've done in the past hour but I bought this album recently and have been listening to it to and from my hockey games. This is the first Megadeth album I've listened to and I haven't quite gotten used to Dave Mustaine's vocals so Megadeth fans if you don't like what you hear, please be gentle or post a review of your own.

Pros: - Awesome guitar solos by both Dave Mustaine and Marty Friedman
- The bass is louder than usual (This should keep the bassists on MX Happy)
- Clever use of sound clips on tracks, they really add to the songs

Cons: -Dave Mustaine's voice, I hate the way he makes his voice go all growly because it sounds so unnatural and doesn't suit his voice at all. I also really dislike the manner in which he constantly rolls his r's and sounds like a frenchman (nothing against the french)
-Because this was a more commercial Megadeth album the fact that the songs have been shortened for radio airplay is quite apparent.
-Alot of the solos were too short

Track by Track:

Skin O' My Teeth: This song I'm liking more and more, the chorus is kind of weak but the verses are pretty cool, overall though, still an average song. 2.5/5

Symphony of Destruction:
This is is one of the best songs on the album, it has great lyrics, good singing (although it takes some getting used to) and some pretty good musicianship. It's only weak point are the manner in which Dave Mustaine speaks the verses in this really unnatural growly voice.
4.5/5

Architecture of Aggression: This song is so kick ***, it's my favorite on the album it boasts excellent lyrics and someone manages to fit that awkward title into the chorus. I love the way that Dave Mustaine sings, "Great nations built from bones of the dead / With mud and straw, blood and sweat," and then says sarcastically, "You know your worth when your enemies praise your architecture of agression."
5/5

Foreclosure of a Dream:
This is an average song that has a dreamlike quality to it.
3/5

Sweating Bullets:
This song has Dave Mustaine talking not singing in that annoying growly way during the verses. It's only saving grace is it's solo and chorus (which is okay if mediocre) otherwise I'd award it 0/5.
2/5

This Was My Life:
I was going to give this song 2/5 but after re-listening to it it's actually pretty good. Despite Dave Mustaine's annoyingly nasal singing this song features some pretty good musicianship.
3.5/5

Countdown to Extinction: This song rocks, it's one of my favourites. I particularly love the bass line and am thankful that Megadeth unlike some bands turns the bass up because this has a really good bass part. Off the topic of the bass though, this album has some awesome lyrics and instrumentals. This song is about animals become extinct and I particulary like the part where Mustaine says, "Killed a few from their cages / Point blank you're so courageous," as I can just picturing this really macho guy who thinks he's great because he has a rifle walking up to this cages animal and thinking he's so great after killing it.
5/5

High Speed Dirt: This is a good song. It has awesome instrumentals (don't all Megadeth songs) and has a kind of bluesy riff at one point that actually fits quite into the song. It's only flaw is when Mustaine and co. annoyingly chant "High Speed Dirt."
4/5

Psychotron: This is another one of my favourite songs on the album, featuring a pretty heavy verse riff great solos and a catchy sing along chorus that you just can't get out of your head.
4.5/5

Captive Honour: Starts of as a mellow ballad-like song then starts to really rock after a little musical interlude which also featured various band members roleplaying courtroom dialogue. It also has arguably the best lyrics on the album featuring great lines like "And when you kill a man you're a murderer / Kill many and you're a conqueror / Kill them all and you're a god." Another cool sing along chorus is found in this song.
4.5/5

Ashes In Your Mind: This isn't a very good song and is pretty drawn out. It's solos are it's only saving grace. Even with solos and cool musical interludes it still isn't that great a song.
2/5

Summary: Overall, instrumentally this is a good album, lyrically it is a good album, but vocally it is somewhat lacking although I've heard that Mustaine's vocals are an aquired taste and the more I listen the more I like them although I will never be the one to say that Dave Mustain is an awesome vocalist. This album warrants about a 4/5.


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Themadhatter
January 25th 2004


6 Comments


Woha, I dunno how you could say that! Heh, well for most Die-Hard Megadeth fans, this is the "Bible-album". One of their best in my opinion. Ashes in your Mouth is an amazing song, with amazing solos, best song on the album IMO. High Speed dirt has an effective review, and I completely agree. I dunno, Megadeth is the greatest band that has ever impacted planet earth in my opinion, so I think all their albums deserve a 5/5. :P Nice review though man, good job.

Raijo
January 25th 2004


24 Comments


[QUOTE=Themadhatter]Woha, I dunno how you could say that! Heh, well for most Die-Hard Megadeth fans, this is the "Bible-album". One of their best in my opinion. Ashes in your Mouth is an amazing song, with amazing solos, best song on the album IMO. High Speed dirt has an effective review, and I completely agree. I dunno, Megadeth is the greatest band that has ever impacted planet earth in my opinion, so I think all their albums deserve a 5/5. :P Nice review though man, good job.[/QUOTE]
Thanks for the props, I had a feeling die hard fans would be offended somewhat by my comments. I'm new to Megadeth and haven't quite gotten past Mustaine's vocals. I wanted to buy Rust In Peace but could only find Countdown to Extinction or a Greatest Hits album and I absolutely despise greatest hits albums as I feel they do not allow for the atmosphere that listening to an lp in its entirety allows for. Anyone so far I'm really enjoying CtE, Megadeth kicks ***.

epifreak2002
January 25th 2004


63 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

If you don't care for Mustaine's singing much, especially his talking, check Youthanasia out. He's less growly and more melodic in that one. I've never really had a problem with Mustaine's voice, but I was coming off of vocalists who sounded even worse (Static X). Try that if you want to appreciate Mustaine's voice. Listen to something with an even worse singer, then pop in the Megadeth.

DimebagDarrell
January 27th 2004


65 Comments


it does take a while to get usedt to the vocals but i love megadeth and the song countdown to extinction is brillaint i reccomend you get rust in peace next :thumb:

ATC
February 1st 2004


42 Comments


youthanasia's the easiest to get into
then go on to capitol punishment
then rust in peace
in that order
i guarantee u'll like them

Themadhatter
February 2nd 2004


6 Comments


Agreed, great review dude. The vocals just take some getting used to. I just wrote a Youthanasia review if you want to check it out. The greatest hits album (Capitol Punishment) for Megadeth is ****ing amazing, if you get a chance. Theres not a single bad song on it.

Raijo
February 2nd 2004


24 Comments


[QUOTE=Themadhatter]Agreed, great review dude. The vocals just take some getting used to. I just wrote a Youthanasia review if you want to check it out. The greatest hits album (Capitol Punishment) for Megadeth is ****ing amazing, if you get a chance. Theres not a single bad song on it.[/QUOTE]
I have a strong dislike of greatest hits albums as I feel it ruins the atmosphere the band strived to create with the original album. I could rant some more but I won't, let's just say I really hate greatest hits albums (I can't emphasize this enough.)

guitarded_chuck
February 2nd 2004


3130 Comments


I agree, good review, except I like Sweating Bullets. Takes awhile to get used to Mustaine's voice, but it's a good song, and good solo.

madthumbs
February 6th 2004


12 Comments


your not alone mitchallica, dave mustaine is a legend, his voice is cool as, and i like the vocals in sweating bullets and i love the film clip. This album would be one of my favorites. Great review.

DisturbedGod
February 21st 2004


2 Comments


Countdown's my favorite Megadeth album...but yeah Mustaine's vocals do take a while to get used to

chazmaz11
July 30th 2004


5 Comments


My friend recently let me burn this album, and i have been listening to it with my friends. Im not a huge fan of the vocals in sweating bullets... you know.. the kind of growl he does... but as ive heard, its an aquired taste. And if thats the only con that i have, its one **** good album in my mind!

mexicanfloydian
July 30th 2004


165 Comments


Good review, Your ratings were kinda low, though.
I give this album a 4/5.
They should've made the songs heavier and thrashier.

TheLeperAffinity
July 31st 2004


7 Comments


I really like Sweating Bullets and Skin O' My Teeth, but other than that I liked your review.

Distorted Vision
July 31st 2004


184 Comments


Not the best 'Deth, but a great album nonetheless. This was kinda like their 'Black Album', the move towards a more mainstream sound. But it still has elements of classic Megadeth, so 'tis all good.

metallicamaniac16
August 25th 2004


16 Comments


Quote by the reviewer:
This song is about animals become extinct and I particulary like the part where Mustaine says, "Killed a few from their cages / Point blank you're so courageous," as I can just picturing this really macho guy who thinks he's great because he has a rifle walking up to this cages animal and thinking he's so great after killing it.

Obviously, you have never learned anything about hunting or anything like that, because no one except sadistic a**holes just shoots an animal for the fun of it. There is an ethics involved in hunting, which tree-huggers always seem to overlook. Don't ever judge something without knowing anything about it.

metallicamaniac16
August 26th 2004


16 Comments


This album is great. The rhythm guitar riffs are some of the best written riffs that I have heard yet. The only bad thing is that Mustaine messes up his voice on a number of occasions.
My favorite songs:
1.) Countdown to Extinction: The instrumentals in this song are perfect. I can't think of any way to make them better. 5/5
2.) Foreclosure of a Dream: Cool verse riff and a very catchy (IMO) chorus riff. Great solo after the last verse (I think it's the last verse). One of the better sung songs on the album. 4/5
3.) Ashes in Your Mouth: Great instrumentals. The solos just kick a**. 4/5
Skin of My Teeth has a great opening riff to it, and Captive Honour has some great solos to it.

manuscriptreplica
August 26th 2004


431 Comments


[QUOTE=Themadhatter]Heh, well for most Die-Hard Megadeth fans, this is the "Bible-album".[/QUOTE]

Quite the contrary. Most die-hard fans will tell you that either Peace Sells or Rust in Peace are the 'bible albums'.

mixmasta91
April 6th 2005


4 Comments


sweating bullets is their best song!!!!

metalmaniac54
June 25th 2005


47 Comments


i saw this album in a store and decided to buy it (it was cheap) i got it home and as soon as i put it into the cd player i was obsessed, however- that was 3 years when i look back on this one, and all of megadeth's work. I see a few things, his guutaring never progresses any better from album to album (although i commend him for still playng now after his accident) his singing is childish and really strange at times, and some of the lyrics are really wierd. I grew out of it is all i can say. although i still like their newest album System has Failed

Dethtrasher
December 17th 2005


2211 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Sweating Bullets diserves at least 4/5!



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