Megadeth - Countdown To Extinction: Deluxe Edition

Souvenir recalling thrashers’ peak

When LA thrash metallers
Megadeth were good, they
were mind-blowingly good, as
their biggest-selling album,
1992’s Countdown To
Extinction, demonstrates.
Nobody wrote apocalyptic
metal songs like frontman
Dave Mustaine; or, indeed,
delivered guitar pyrotechnics like he did, especially when he
was firing on all cylinders and
untroubled by one of his
periodic bouts of addiction.

This album, and the
accompanying live CD which
bulks it out, showcase
Megadeth at their best and
most coherent, just before the
slow descent which eventually
did for them a decade later.
The parent album is
a masterpiece of technical,
melodic thrash, rarely diving
into all-out extremity and
relying on anthemic choruses
and riffs to pull listeners in:
classic ’Deth songs such as
Skin O’ My Teeth, Symphony
Of Destruction and Sweating
Bullets all debuted here, and
sound scintillating both live
and in the studio.

The live album, recorded
at San Francisco’s Cow
Palace, has, until now,
remained unreleased “in its
entirety” (in other words,
you’ve heard some of it
before) and reminds you just
how devastating Megadeth
were at their first peak, with
their second return to form
being arguably the period
they’re in now.

4 stars 4 stars 4 stars 4 stars

Capitol | 9784842 (2-CD)

Reviewed by Joel McIver
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