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Countdown To Extinction
September 2006
Released: 2006, Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs
Rating: 5.0/5
Reviewer: Celtic Bob

A ReMastered album is to some is just a marketing ploy to get fans to rebuy the same title but with the levels cranked up. To others it is a Godsend to have their favorite albums in better quality. The latter holds true for this particular issue.

MFSL have done an outstanding job on this release. It is possibly the best sounding reissue these ears have ever heard and it sheds a whole new light on this early 90’s Metal masterpiece. The clarity of it is astounding, especially Mustaine’s vocals. A whole new appreciation is gained with this release. Songs like “Skin O’ My Teeth”, “Symphony of Destruction” and “Sweating Bullets”gain tremendously from the new remaster. Everything is mixed to perfection and it is totally flawless. The ‘Impact’ at the end of “High speed Dirt” is much more prominent here as it should have always been.

The inclusion of bonus tracks is great but with a reissue of this magnitude it is not needed. This is without a doubt the definitive version of this album. Hopefully PEACE SELLS and RUST IN PEACE is next.
Track Listing

Skin O' My Teeth
Symphony Of Destruction
Architecture Of Aggression
Foreclosure Of A Dream
Sweating Bullets
This Was My Life
Countdown To Extinction
High Speed Dirt
Captive Honour
Ashes In Your Mouth
Crown of Worms
Countdown to Extinction [Demo Version]
Symphony of Destruction [Demo Version]
Psychotron [Demo Version]


Dave Mustaine: Lead vocals, lead & rhythm guitar
Marty Friedman: Lead, rhythm, acoustic guitars & backing vocals
David Ellefson: Bass guitars & backing vocals
Nick Menza: Drums & backing vocals



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