Review Summary: Incredible
Countdown To Extinction was the Black Album of Megadeth's discography. This was the album on which the band ***ing toned down their sound from that signature thrash sound that everyone loved from Megadeth, that produced such classics as Rust In Peace, Peace Sells and, oh yeah, Killing Is My Business, to a much more radio friendly attempt for their fifth release. This spawned such hits as Symphony Of Destruction and Sweating Bullets, which made the band instant rock stars, and earned them two million albums in sales. But was this any good or a big hunk of ***? Let us find out.
The guitar work on this album is still very definately Megadeth. It is far more commercially oriented, but it is still definately that technical and yet catchy, headbangable style of riffing, and the soloing is, of course, the usual insanity that Dave Mustaine was known for. This is one hell of a ***ing guitar album, with an incredible solo on hit single Symphony Of Destruction, that may well stand out as the best solo the band has recorded in their entire back catalogue.
The vocals are Dave's usual snarling self. His vocal work on the song Sweating Bullets is absolutely amazing, being completely over the top in his depiction of a man struggling with schizophrenia. This is a great song and a ***ing classic in the bands discography, as well as one of the last glimmers of thrash the band would put out, with the middle section being incredibly thrashy.
The lyrics to this album are some of the best Megadeth have ever put out. They are sarcastic but perfectly written, particularly in Skin O My Teeth and Sweating Bullets and the environmentally aware beast of a title track. These are lyrics as only Megadeth could write them and are, for that reason some of the best lyrics available, as Megadeth have always been amazing lyricists.
This is, overall, one of the bands best releases, and tops some of their first four amazing releases. And the best was yet to come, with their absolute masterpiece Youthanasia. Congratulations Megadeth, on a ***ing classic release.