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Album Review

Though Megadeth and their founder Dave Mustaine have spent their entire existence just a few steps behind Mustaine's former group Metallica, it's important to remember that they've also spent a lot of time as one of the most popular metal bands in the world. The summit of their commercial success came in 1992 with fifth album Countdown to Extinction, a creative high point from Mustaine and crew possibly spurred on in ways by the footrace with Metallica and the leaps in production made on their self-titled 1991 breakthrough album. Twenty years later, Countdown still stood as Megadeth's best-selling album, and in many circles, their most loved material. Countdown to Extinction: Live is a concert document of the 20th anniversary tour that found the band playing the album front to back, bookended by a few odds and ends from other albums. While the premise seems pretty rote, the execution of the live album is surprisingly interesting. Most live re-creations of full albums fall flat in comparison to the original artifacts, but it's great to hear the devoted legions sneer along with every word of Mustaine's schizophrenic monologue on "Sweating Bullets" and cheer insanely at the now-dated George Bush samples that pop up throughout the set list.

Customer Reviews

Better check twice before buying...

The set and songs are great but the sound quality is absolutely horrible. There is so much bass in the frequency that I just can;t understand how this was released. Huge Megadeth fan since Peace Sells days so I was not too pleased.

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Megadeth fan since 2005. CTE has always been one of my favorite albums of theirs, so naturally I was looking forward to this release quite a bit. However, the sound quality takes away from what could be an excellent experience - the guitars sound muddy and the bass is much too high in the mix. Additionally, Dave Mustaine's vocals sound drowned in the mix half the time. It's a real shame, as this live album could have sounded much, much better with proper mixing and mastering - the D standard tuning used on the album gives an even heavier feel to some of these Megadeth classics. I just wish the sound quality was much better than it actually is.


I've been waiting for them to do this for so long FINALLY Fav. Megadeth album


Formed: 1983 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

After he left Metallica in 1983, guitarist/vocalist Dave Mustaine formed the thrash metal quartet Megadeth. Though Megadeth followed the basic blueprint of Metallica's relentless attack, Mustaine's group distinguished themselves from his earlier band by lessening the progressive rock influences, adding an emphasis on instrumental skills, speeding up the tempo slightly, and making the instrumental attack harsher. By streamlining the classic thrash metal approach and making the music more threatening,...
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