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Countdown to Extinction

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Category: Speed/Thrash Metal

Year: 1992

Label: Capitol

Catalog Number: D163340

Average Rating: 87 / 100 (9 ratings)

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Megadeth Countdown to Extinction Album Cover

Dave Mustaine lead & rhythm guitar, lead vocals
Marty Friedman lead, rhythm & acoustic guitar, backing vocals
David Ellefson bass, backing vocals
Nick Menza drums, backing vocals
1.  Skin o' My Teeth  3:14
2.  Symphony of Destruction  4:03
3.  Architecture of Aggression  3:35
4.  Foreclosure of a Dream  4:17
5.  Sweating Bullets  5:03
6.  This Was My Life  3:42
7.  Countdown to Extinction  4:17
8.  High Speed Dirt  4:12
9.  Psychotron  4:42
10.  Captive Honour  4:15
11.  Ashes in Your Mouth  6:11
Total Running Time:  47:31

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From: robert Date: October 30, 2002 at 9:16
¡Faltan unos cuantos no!! vaya pedazo de super grupo. para mi unos genios, ademas con mogollon de temazos increibles, aki tenemos unas cuantas.. Megadeth un gran grupo de heavy cañero!!

From: Scott Date: February 5, 2003 at 18:27
The Beatles had their White Album, Metallica had their black album & Megadeth their superior Countdown to Extinction. Countdown went 3x platinum thanks in part to single Symphony of Destruction. I've heard and read where people say that this album was a sellout, but I do not hear that. Producer Max Norman did an excellent job producing this masterwork. Several songs are as fast & aggressive as anything M had done to this point. Despite the cries of sellout this is a phenomenal speed metal album

From: steve Date: February 26, 2003 at 14:00
great band , great cd, strong songs, eniugh said

From: jason (FA-Q) Date: June 30, 2003 at 19:59
Can't say anything bad about this ablum. One of Megadeth's best!

From: RR-Finland Date: September 18, 2003 at 6:49
Awesome release again. Maybe sounds aren´t so pure than in Rust In Peace album, but tunes are stunning. Symphony Of Destruction contains one of the best guitar riffs in Megadeth´s history.

From: Zze Date: October 21, 2003 at 5:03
Of course this album was a bit more commercial than the stuff this band recorded on the 80´s but its still a Great Thrash-Heavy Metal disk. Man some songs like "Ashses In Your Mouth" and "Architecture of Aggression" are works of genius

From: drummerfish Date: February 22, 2004 at 9:56
i would never admit i'm a megadeth fan,but this cd is the best one.i just seen the rude awakening dvd and i have to say,i'm impressed.better than when i seen the band w/ korn,flotsam & jetsam,& fear factory at the santa monica civic in 95.al pilliteri is a obvious choice.too bad dave broke it up.way to go yoko!

From: Shannon Date: June 20, 2004 at 0:51

From: Donmeister Date: June 25, 2004 at 13:13

From: Big Papa K Date: July 7, 2004 at 18:30
The first major change in sound, from speed/thrash metal to more of radio friendly Metallica "Black Album" sound. They show they can pull it off with some tracks like "Symphony Of Destruction" and "Skin O My Teeth", but "Sweating Bullets" is a joke. 8/10

From: Psychotron502 Date: August 4, 2004 at 19:59
perfection in music form

From: adanevans Date: August 6, 2004 at 8:11
Dentro de ser un disco con intenciones claramente comerciales, no deja de ser una bomba de relojeria. Buenísimo!!

From: Fog-hat Date: August 27, 2004 at 12:37
This was my first Megadeth CD and I loved it so much I bought them all. The only thing wrong with it was this opened the door for the weaker albums that were to follow. Gone were the extended instrumental thrash interludes that dominated the early albums. Still, on it's own, this is a thrash classic.

From: Steve Date: September 2, 2004 at 10:16
Honestly, I was a bit dissapointed with this album. The first 5 or so tracks are preety good but then got tiresome and repetitive. Definetely not the successor of Rust in Peace I was looking for, but then again, nothing will proberbly ever beat Rust in Peace.

From: holy metal Date: September 5, 2004 at 4:30
Last good album of megadeth but not compared with rust in peace, a great album thats all.

From: EMI Date: September 5, 2004 at 16:18
el mejor disco de megadeth

From: RATTLEHEAD Date: September 8, 2004 at 19:05
Best Megadeth album of the 90's.Peace Sells is the best of the 80's. I think The System Has Failed will be hard to top. I should know,I am the biggest Megadeth fan in the world. I dare sombody to put them down.-RATTLEHEAD

From: RATTLEHEAD Date: September 19, 2004 at 15:34
The System Has Failed!!!!

From: GLAM FAN Date: April 19, 2005 at 0:47
Obviously,megadeth here are trying to follow metallica by going mainstream after the success of metallica. The composition are streamlined and the riffs are more stripped down. But i would not say this album is all that bad. In fact,i think it's better tha rust in peace. Sweating bullets,skin o my teeth and the awesome symphony of destruction are some of megadeth's strongest relase and no wonder it became a huge hit over the world. Then the tunes,production and lyrics are even more solid and

From: GLAM FAN Date: April 19, 2005 at 0:50
and consistent than rust in peace. Marty friedman as usual are ripping off killer riffs and solo for this album. What i like more about megadeth than metallica is megadeth do more solos and they have a more classic metal sounding. In my opnion,megadeth's second best release after peace sells. Rating:9.5/10

From: Rafo Phoenix Date: April 30, 2005 at 10:37
Este y el Rust in Peace lo mejor del grupo pero nunca me gusto la voz de Dave Mustaine ese para mi fue el punto flojo del grupo despues sin duda un gran grupo

From: ed Date: May 12, 2005 at 16:44
Only two reasons to buy this cd, Symphony Of Destruction and Seating Bullets! Then you'll hear that the whole cd is great!

From: starvin marvin Date: May 15, 2005 at 11:25
jesus some of you people annoy me!!!! this is a classic, probably one of the best thrash matal cds out there, the first i bought, and easily one of megadeaths classics, couldnt find a bad song in here!

From: Slayer666 Date: May 21, 2007 at 18:58
This shouldn't be compared to the black album. That was such a shitty album in general. It was slow and way too fucking catchy.

From: Slayer666 Date: May 21, 2007 at 18:59
This shouldn't be compared to the black album. That was such a shitty album in general. It was slow and way too fucking catchy.

From: Slayer666 Date: May 21, 2007 at 18:59
This shouldn't be compared to the black album. That was such a shitty album in general. It was slow and way too fucking catchy.

From: edwithmj Date: January 24, 2010 at 22:13
Best album. I was hooked from the first listen. Symphony of Destruction, Skin o' My Teeth, High Speed Dirt and Sweating Bullets are my favourites.

From: pie75 Date: September 7, 2010 at 8:18
this is not as commercial as metallica's black album in fact it it still has the heaviness but better production it's the first megadeth album i ever got and symphony of destruction had me with that thundering riff but i also love skin of my teeth,foreclosure of a dream,sweating bullets,this was my life,countdown and phsycotron they hit their popularity peak with this one for sure

From: Doghouse Reilly Date: November 1, 2014 at 22:25
Here's megadeth's true commercial breakthrough, by all accounts prompted by Mustaine's continued sourgrape-flavored grudge against the newly-minted mainstream superstars in his former band Metallica. So we get a bit less speed, a few more hooks, and a shitload of albums sold. It's still easily recognizable as Megadeth though, thanks partly to Dave's "unique" vocals and guitar style. Production is very stiff-sounding, the band so tight they almost soundd mechanical. "Symphony Of Destruction" was huge in the summer of '92 and remains the album's best song. Other favorites are "Skin O' My Teeth," "Sweating Bullets," "High Speed Dirt," and "Ashes In Your Mouth." There are a couple of lackluster songs, including the title track, and the weird "Captive Honour"--really, a song about jail rape? A good disc overall, though I'd put it behind both Rust In Peace and Peace Sells, and possibly Endgame as well.

From: rick kerch vzla Date: March 6, 2017 at 20:24
One of the many successful albums of Mr Mustaine & Co...tracks 1,2,4,8 & 11 are the selected ones in my book of metal.80/100

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