Megadeth - Countdown To Extinction


8.6 | 1572 votes |
Release date: 6 July 1992
Style: Thrash metal, Heavy metal

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01. Skin O' My Teeth
02. Symphony Of Destruction
03. Architecture Of Aggression
04. Foreclosure Of A Dream
05. Sweating Bullets
06. This Was My Life
07. Countdown To Extinction
08. High Speed Dirt
09. Psychotron
10. Captive Honour
11. Ashes In Your Mouth
12. Crown Of Worms [2004 re-release bonus]
13. Countdown To Extinction [demo] [2004 re-release bonus]
14. Symphony Of Destruction [demo] [2004 re-release bonus]
15. Psychotron [demo] [2004 re-release bonus]

Top 20 albums of 1992: 12

Additional info
Re-released in 2004

Guest review by
Gorey
Rating:
9.0
It's not easy for any band to recover from the success of its last album, above all when it has brought the house down, as Rust In Peace did. Yet Megadeth has made it. Better than that, they have coontinued on their momentum with the same lineup (Mustaine, Ellefson, Friedman, Menza). And this Countdown to Extinction, besides being the sales record for the band, is a real masterstroke.
Made in 1992, Countdown to Extinction has proved itself different from Rust in Peace, especially because of the structure of the riffs, widely purified.
The listening begins with the fast "Skin O'My Teeth", which is an excellent and very catchy appetizer. But the greta sensation comes from the second track "Symphony of Destruction", that can be considered like the hit of the album, so much that its simple and repeating riff strikes by its ingenuity. Certainly Dave Mustaine shows that he really owns the art of creating success. Besides, it must be noticed that the quality of the vocals has never been that good, languorous and radiant on the bewitching "Foreclosure of a Dream", or dangerously aggressive on "Sweating Bullets". On these last tracks the inventiveness of the four men reaches the sublime and the dizzy. "Architecture of Aggression" and "Psychotron" create darker and more disturbing atmospheres than the rest of the album with perfect guitar playing.
Because the most impressive is the real duel that Mustaine and Friedman fight, alternating for the solos, with for example the very quick "High Speed Dirt", which is a sign of the good form of the four men. It's the same thing on the wonderful "Ashes in your Mouth", devastating by its power and proving itself a highlight for Megadeth. Then, "Countdown to Extinction" is a track a bit on the fringes of the rest of the album but it is a pleasant song with a remarkable tune. To end with this, "This was my life" is a very good track that, like the preceeding one, is quite lively. The main criticism on this album is about the general sound, which may sometimes be too perfect, that is, too cold compared to the hot boost of Rust in Peace. But this fault is too minimal to turn one's back on this album.
Countdown to Extinction is an album that cannot be ignored, and not having it is a crime.
published 22.09.2003 | Comments (17)

Guest review by
Arian Totalis
Rating:
8.2
"Oh my God, really?!?! It's number 2?' is what came out of my mouth, but inside, I was pissed. I wanted that number one spot." (from commentary in the remastered version)

These words are the perfect exemplification of the spirit in the making of this album. The drive to make good music was leaving, and replacing it was a drive for commercialism. Now don't get me wrong, this is a good album, but it was also the beginning of the decline in Megadeth's music, a decline that would last for for the span of four albums respectively, until their redeeming 2004 release of "The System has Failed." But enough about this, let's talk about the quality of the album.

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published 14.01.2009 | Comments (11)

Guest review by
Thyroid
Rating:
8.9
Megadeth, band with multiple personalities. Like a schizophrenic family member, you just have to love it. All Megadeth albums have strong identities, some of them being softer and more melodic - ok, commercial - and some of them more raw and thrashy. Dave Mustaine has always recreated Megadeth's skin over and over again, but the biggest leap in Megadeth's musical evolution happened between albums So Far, So Good... So What! (1987) and Countdown To Extinction (1992).

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published 30.11.2011 | Comments (14)

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28.08.2011 - 01:51
Rating: 9
ThisIsEndgame
Love every track on this CD with the exception of Psychotron. i'd give this a 9.4
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24.09.2011 - 18:17
musicalkaratekid
What a way to follow up an album as awesome as rust in peace...every track here is filled with crunchy guitar riffs and mustaine's mad voice\m/
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03.11.2011 - 02:31
Rating: 8
masterofpeace95
This is a great follow up to rust in peace. A couple songs that I sort of skip past but overall a great album. Definetely recommened it if you're into heavy or thrash metal
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02.12.2011 - 16:36
Rating: 7
Syk
myspace/bonerama
Written by masterofpeace95 on 03.11.2011 at 02:31
This is a great follow up to rust in peace. A couple songs that I sort of skip past but overall a great album. Definetely recommened it if you're into heavy or thrash metal
Thrash metal? No, no way. Songs 8 & 11 are the only truly interesting ones. Tracks 1 & 3 have a bit of energy, and there is some decent softer songwriting after that, but the others (6 especially) are just boring. In my view an inconsistent and average album

edit 1 year later - just nudged up from "average" to "good" on MS' rating scale. just. I still prefer Metallica and Load... not sure 'bout Reload. CtE's tracks 1 4 & 10 have grown on me, and 2 & 7 a little bit - they aren't as totally boring as I thought earlier, but 6 certainly is. residue of mediocrity can't be ignored on this release - much like 1990 Exodus which may well be next to get the same nudge
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death thrash death/doom/prog Hail Zoldon!

he's not the kind you have to wind up on Sundays
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02.12.2011 - 23:16
TrueMetalJope
Written by Syk on 02.12.2011 at 16:36

Written by masterofpeace95 on 03.11.2011 at 02:31
This is a great follow up to rust in peace. A couple songs that I sort of skip past but overall a great album. Definetely recommened it if you're into heavy or thrash metal
Thrash metal? No, no way. Songs 8 & 11 are the only truly interesting ones. Tracks 1 & 3 have a bit of energy, and there is some decent softer songwriting after that, but the others (6 especially) are just boring. In my view an inconsistent and average album


Yeah I totally agree on this. Countdown To Extinction isn't much of a thrash record. Couple of good songs, but the album as a whole is average at best. I can't really understand all the exaggerative reviews.
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03.12.2011 - 02:20
Rating: 4
BitterCOld
Gringo
This was as big a letdown as the black album.
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get the fuck off my lawn.
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03.12.2011 - 15:16
Rating: 9
R'Vannith
ghedengi
One of the first metal albums I can recall hearing, still sounds like solid stuff to me. Can't really understand how some can dislike it so much, it may not be thrash but it's a really fun album nonetheless.
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23.09.2012 - 23:23
Mattybu
Written by BitterCOld on 03.12.2011 at 02:20

This was as big a letdown as the black album.


I disagree. Sure I wasn't there to experience it firsthand but this is nowhere near as bad as the black album.
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24.09.2012 - 04:10
Rating: 4
BitterCOld
Gringo
Written by Mattybu on 23.09.2012 at 23:23


I disagree. Sure I wasn't there to experience it firsthand but this is nowhere near as bad as the black album.


it was worse. at least metallica's sell out had decent radio rock songs.

hell is Sweating Bullets on repeat.

but the young ones who view things from the filter of "now", temper their view of history with their opinion of the now. seeing as Megadave failed at their sell-out and moved back to mediocre thrash, noobie metalheads have all but forgiven them for doing the exact same thing Metallica did. only did a far worse job of it.

had Metallica moved back to mediocre thrash in 1999 and Megadave started cutting albums with Neil Young, everyone would be sucking Lars' balls instead of Dave's.
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24.09.2012 - 08:29
Rating: 8
Ace Frawley
The Spaceman
Very harsh. I was a fan of this album when it came out and still think it's good today. I never really bought into the whole "sell out" thing that people bang on about in relation to Metallica and Megadeth (and almost every other band you care to name). I do think that listening to "Sweating Bullets" on repeat would be hellish - it's not a great song. Still, even your favourite song in the world on repeat is going to eventually drive you mad. I really liked the song "Symphony of Destruction" at the time and I believe it got some decent commercial success or air play. On that, I noticed that the riff in the Ghost song "Ritual" sounds similar to the riff in "Symphony of Destruction".
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25.09.2012 - 23:19
Mattybu
Written by BitterCOld on 24.09.2012 at 04:10

Written by Mattybu on 23.09.2012 at 23:23


I disagree. Sure I wasn't there to experience it firsthand but this is nowhere near as bad as the black album.


it was worse. at least metallica's sell out had decent radio rock songs.

hell is Sweating Bullets on repeat.

but the young ones who view things from the filter of "now", temper their view of history with their opinion of the now. seeing as Megadave failed at their sell-out and moved back to mediocre thrash, noobie metalheads have all but forgiven them for doing the exact same thing Metallica did. only did a far worse job of it.

had Metallica moved back to mediocre thrash in 1999 and Megadave started cutting albums with Neil Young, everyone would be sucking Lars' balls instead of Dave's.


I agree about Sweating Bullets, and there's definitely some bum tracks. But I will see you one Sweating Bullets and raise you one Enter Sandman. Typically a praised song but is just embarassing when I listen to it. The Snoop Dogg collaborating with Katy Perry level of embarrassment. I guess it comes down to opinion when you stack em next to each other song by song, but at the end of the day, the black album doesn't really excite me save literally about 1 or 2 moments the first times I heard "Wherever I May Roam". Dave and co. ride a few tasty jams on Countdown. Making it much more listenable and a better sellout.

I would argue viewing things from the filter of now allows for a fairly clear portrait when you stack album by album, its obvious in $$$$ induced competition Dave was following Metallica. But for one reason or another, I like the comparatively weak (considering their good releases pre-90s) Megadeth stuff more than the Metallica stuff. I guess it doesn't matter much cause both bands were Jesuses in the 80's and eventually the great shit they put out will get priority always when I'm listening, but for a youngster exploring Megadeth's history theirs has been less painful. Keep in mind I haven't gotten to Risk yet And I'm not quite optimistic about where they are now.

I'll try and gather my discombobulated ramblings with a passage from your favourite tune... "Hindsight is always 20/20.. But looking back it's still a little fuzzy"
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26.09.2012 - 00:32
Rating: 4
BitterCOld
Gringo
Written by Mattybu on 25.09.2012 at 23:19

I'll try and gather my discombobulated ramblings with a passage from your favourite tune... "Hindsight is always 20/20.. But looking back it's still a little fuzzy"


honestly, it's useless arguing with megadeth honks who didn't discover either band until after both had released several woeful albums.

it is pointless. you/they will NEVER understand it from this end simply by chronology of experience.

i just argue with the megadave ballwashers because it amuses me... he tried to sell out just as hard as metallica did, and came up short. the fact so many are delusional as to this just deserves mockery.
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26.09.2012 - 01:45
Mattybu
Written by BitterCOld on 26.09.2012 at 00:32

i just argue with the megadave ballwashers because it amuses me... he tried to sell out just as hard as metallica did, and came up short. the fact so many are delusional as to this just deserves mockery.


That's true. In one of the reviews here the reviewer even opens up with Dave's woe about Countdown not beating out the black album.

The funniest is on youtube, where anyones opinion should be immediately considered at least 10x as worthless as usual. So many videos of Megadeth, Metallica, and plain up other band's songs will have endless flame wars and then of course the occasional person who is too cool for the big 4, and thinks exodus/testament/dark angel (extra cool points for being slightly less known) needs to be in it
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26.09.2012 - 23:32
Rating: 8
JÄY
Metal slave
The gap between and justice and the black album is really big. but the one between rust in peace and countdown is pretty slight in comparrison. If he was tring to sellout as much as metallica he failed big time... and im pretty thankful for that cause its a good heavy thrash album, whereas the black album is prolly as much rock as it is metal. maybe thats me sucking some megaballs... i dunno
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27.09.2012 - 00:26
Rating: 8
Ace Frawley
The Spaceman
Written by JÄY on 26.09.2012 at 23:32

The gap between and justice and the black album is really big. but the one between rust in peace and countdown is pretty slight in comparrison. If he was tring to sellout as much as metallica he failed big time... and im pretty thankful for that cause its a good heavy thrash album, whereas the black album is prolly as much rock as it is metal. maybe thats me sucking some megaballs... i dunno


I concur with your sentiments but I know there will be some bitter and twisted people that will say you are sucking some megaballs - haha, to hell with them, it's only music.
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27.09.2012 - 05:51
Rating: 8
Guib
Thrash Talker
Man I don't get the hate some older metalhead have for this album. Oh yeah right considering when it was released, considering that its not thrash as it was anymore and all... sure I get that. But a bad album ? Nah, it is not bad, in fact its so good that you hate to love it because its not thrash as it should be. But hey ! It is catchy, it is awesome and easy to get into... I mean yeah sure there are a few fillers (This Was My Life *Cough*) for example. But man, you can't deny the talent in this. Anyways you can't stop the haters. But I liked this album and I still do. This was probably a transition album for alot of young metalheads... leading to discovery of less known bands and albums.
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16.12.2012 - 17:17
megadeath13
Account deleted
With this album, Megadeth decided to go the same way as Metallica did with their successful Black album, only that Countdown to extinction is superiour than Metallica. The songs are more commercial and catchy but are still as energetic as possible. The song compositions are just outstanding and who doesnt like songs like "Skin o my teeth", "Symphony of destruction" or "Foreclosure of a dream? Great album, i listen to it frequently.
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10.03.2013 - 09:35
Rating: 8
Megamachinica18
My ratings

Musicianship:8.5
Songwriting: 8.5
Originality:8.5
Production:9
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01.12.2014 - 03:10
Rating: 7
LeKiwi
High Fist Prog
How the hell did they write this after RiP?
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01.12.2014 - 03:43
Rating: 7
LeKiwi
High Fist Prog
Written by deadone on 01.12.2014 at 03:40

Easily - the progression is obvious if you are referring to "less thrashy than RiP." RiP itself was getting away from Thrash but then so were Metallica and even Slayer and Kreator to a lesser degree.

I personally really like this album. Well crafted songs and great sound even if it's less thrashy.

I was referring to the deterioration of songwriting quality, rather than stylistic differences.
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01.12.2014 - 03:55
Rating: 7
LeKiwi
High Fist Prog
Written by deadone on 01.12.2014 at 03:46
I don't see a deterioration in song writing. I think the song writing is great - these are some of the most memorable and catchy songs Megadeth has ever written IMO. IMO song writing only started deteriorating on Youthanasia and then the deterioration increased dramatically on Cryptic Writings.

It's just the cheese...I can't handle it
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01.12.2014 - 16:01
Rating: 7
LeKiwi
High Fist Prog
Written by deadone on 01.12.2014 at 05:09

All metal is cheese and juvenile cheese at that. It's part of the appeal in my opinion.

All?
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01.12.2014 - 16:04
Ilham
Giant robot
Maybe the kind he listens to.
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01.12.2014 - 17:42
Lit.
Account deleted
So Rust In Peace then?
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02.12.2014 - 04:39
Rating: 7
LeKiwi
High Fist Prog
Written by deadone on 02.12.2014 at 01:54

Yup. Metal is the epitome of juvenile, macho posturing, nerd fest cheese. Tis why I love it - it makes me feel young when life generally makes me feel old.

A significant portion of bands/genres within metal fulfill that stereotype, but to paint the entire genre with the same brush? In any case, I don't want to get in trouble again, so...no more OT posts
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02.12.2014 - 11:46
Rating: 8
Ace Frawley
The Spaceman
Written by deadone on 02.12.2014 at 05:18

And the whole genre is basically the music of mainly teenage male misfits, some of whom never grow up.


That was true of rock before "metal" became a recognised sub-genre of rock, and I suppose it still applies to rock to this day. The music of the youth, who were rebelling against their parents and the establishment. I think that's why it looks ridiculous when you have old men in their 60s and 70s still playing this music, like The Rolling Stones.
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27.06.2016 - 20:51
Rating: 5
CakeTrolley
Not aged well. Nearly all songs feels short on ideas and there's plenty of fillers. Sweating Bullets is probably the coolest song on the album, Countdown To Extinction got a incredibly catchy guitar sling in the chorus and Ashes In Your Mouth is a great thrash monster. Then both the opening songs got pretty good choruses. That was the positive stuff. The rest is negative and that includes the dry production they manage to get.
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07.01.2017 - 16:22
Rating: 8
JasonFrench
Had this album sitting on my hard drive for years, listened to it a few times just as background noise and didn't pay too much attention to it so I never fully appreciated it. After sitting down and giving this album my full attention I gotta say it's pretty good and has had me spinning it a few times. "Sweating Bullets" is a bit of a marmite song, personally I love the psychotic vocal delivery from Dave and think this album shows him at his most versatile so far (I'm still yet to check out much of Megadeths later work!) Wouldn't say it's a perfect album, it seems do dip with "This Was My Life" and "Countdown to Extinction" but redeems itself with the last four songs. Absolutely love "Captive Honour" and the duelling guitars on "Ashes in Your Mouth" is a great album closer. Overall a great album and doesn't drag on needlessly.
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