Megadeth
Countdown to Extinction


4.0
excellent

Review

by matthew36 USER (37 Reviews)
July 6th, 2020 | 16 replies


Release Date: 1992 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Well worth a listen. A dark 90's diamond

Metallica had their black album and Megadeth their superior "Countdown to Extinction." The album debuted on the Billboard Charts at #2 and sold double (or was it triple) platinum, thanks in part to the incredible single "Symphony of Destruction." The song is heavy as a ten ton bomb, yet packs an undeniable pop hook. This is one thing Dave has always had a knack for, despite being one of the forefathers of thrash metal he's always had a keen sense of melody and knew how to write a hook.

I've heard it said that "Countdown to Extinction" was a sellout, but I do not hear that at all. Just because a band gains popularity and puts out a popular record doesn't necessarily mean they have turned their back on their roots and gone pop. Opening song, "Skin O' My Teeth" is just as fast and aggressive as anything Megadeth had recorded to this point. The song is about botched suicide attempts and/or Mustaine's struggle with destructive addictions. "High Speed Dirt," another fast and furious tune, is about sky diving.

Many song on this album touched on politics, Dave's insidious hiss spewing venom with each and every word. "Architecture of Aggression" is heaviness defined and would have been at home on "Rust in Peace" as it is here. The song touches on the subject of the Gulf War. "Foreclosure of a Dream" is a more melodic number and gives an indication of the direction the band would take with their follow-up album. "Captive Honour" is a low point really. Too me it does not seem to fit in with the other material on this disc. Unlike past albums, "Countdown to Destruction" had contributions from more than just Mustaine. The albums title and the lyrics to the title track were penned by drummer Nick Menza. The song, as well as "Ashes in Your Mouth" is about the fallout from war. "Sweating Bullets" is a twisted mid-paced romp and has become one of the Mustaine's signature tracks.

"Countdown to Extinction" was Megadeth's best produced album yet. Producer Max Norman, who also put the finishing touches on "Rust in Peace", did an excellent job producing this heavy metal masterwork. Despite the cries of "sellout" from some metal purists, "Countdown to Extinction" is a phenomenal heavy metal album.



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bigguytoo9
July 7th 2020


853 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I actually just found the 2004 remix version for 5$ in a Walmart bin last month and had to grab it. Pretty solid disc, never owned this album.

Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
July 7th 2020


21966 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Just reminded me to rate this. Great album.

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Source
July 7th 2020


18491 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

better than the black album for sure

facupm
July 7th 2020


11660 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ive always thought this album is a bit overrated

zakalwe
July 7th 2020


31845 Comments


Back in ‘92 my best mates mum had this. She loved it, I thought it was shite.

rockandmetaljunkie
July 7th 2020


9344 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Megadeth's Black Album?



or a pathetic effort to make one?

Pikazilla
July 7th 2020


12949 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Black Album is poopoo, this isn't.

parksungjoon
July 7th 2020


22289 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

ah

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SymbolicInTime
July 7th 2020


6665 Comments


Actually never heard this in full but Symphony and Sweating obviously rule

rockandmetaljunkie
July 7th 2020


9344 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

you're not missing much, it's really not that great of an album, i'm thinking of lowering my rating

Source
July 7th 2020


18491 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

nah jam this and youth they both rule

bigguytoo9
July 7th 2020


853 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Dave needs to pull out Architecture live more often. That's a really good one.

Josh D.
July 8th 2020


16111 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

a friend burned this for me in high school, and the second the vocals hit in "Sweating Bullets" I laughed and have never listened to this again

Egarran
July 8th 2020


18611 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Back when old wrinkled men defined metal aesthetics

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JohnnyoftheWell
Staff Reviewer
July 8th 2020


29365 Comments


unironically love Sweating Bullets, but ye silly as hell

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parksungjoon
July 8th 2020


22289 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

>a friend burned this for me in high school, and the second the vocals hit in "Sweating Bullets" I laughed and have never listened to this again



wait you never heard psychotron?



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