Megadeth – Countdown to Extinction

Considered by many to be Megadeth’s “sellout” album, this LP is still highly acclaimed amongst 99% of Megadeth fans, and most metalheads in general. The truth is that while this album was highly successful on the charts, it still has an edge to it and is a viable piece of heavy metal history. While it did plaster the band all over media outlets like MTV, this album is still as metal as anything they had done prior, and that’s the bottom line.

Opening tune “Skin O’ My Teeth” pretty much showed everyone that Megadeth was still a metal band in 1992. The same goes for “Symphony of Destruction” which plods along with a nice crunch that with absolutely force the listener to bang that head. “Foreclosure of a Dream” showed a new side of the band, as Dave REEAAALLLY toned the venom down for this one. At the time it was probably the softest thing the band ever wrote, but you know what? Who cares! It’s still a great, well written tune. The middle section of this album doesn’t really lose the pace either, as tunes like “Psychotron” and “Sweating Bullets” keep the metal going. “High Speed Dirt” makes me want to run some emo kids over in an old beat up pickup truck. So if you can picture that, then you’ll understand the attitude of this track. For me , the standout cut on this album is the closer “ Ashes in your Mouth”. It’s closer to the older Megadeth than anything else, and pretty much showed metalheads at the time that while Dave and company had matured as songwriters, they could still plop down a nasty riff-fest of a song.

This is one of those albums you should at least hear just once. I remember buying it when I was 12, and the initial feeling of listening to this record stayed with me to this very day. A solid record, from a solid band.

Rating – 7.8/10

Review by Bluto

1. Skin O’ My Teeth
2. Symphony of Destruction
3. Architecture of Aggression
4. Foreclosure of a Dream
5. Sweating Bullets
6. This was My Life
7. Countdown to Extinction
8. High Speed Dirt
9. Psychotron
10. Captive Honour
11. Ashes In Your Mouth


~ by Justin on April 15, 2008.

One Response to “Megadeth – Countdown to Extinction”

  1. Although I didn’t think the album was the best, it has 2 of my all-time favorite Megadeth songs on it, Symphony of Destruction and Sweating Bullets. As Bluto says in the review above, it’s definitely worth a listen.

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