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Megadeth – Countdown to Extinction

Countdown to Extinction is the fifth studio album by American thrash metal band Megadeth, released on July 14, 1992. It was the group’s second studio release to feature the “classic” lineup of Dave Mustaine, Marty Friedman, David Ellefson and Nick Menza, with all of them contributing to songwriting on the album. The album features some of the band’s best known songs such as “Symphony of Destruction”, “Sweating Bullets” and “Skin o’ My Teeth”, which enjoyed significant chart success and made a great musical impact.

Countdown to Extinction received positive reaction from music critics, who noted its politically oriented lyrics and simplified sound in comparison to their previous record. The album entered the Billboard 200 at number two, the band’s highest position ever. It eventually achieved double platinum status and became their most commercially successful album. The record was nominated for Best Metal Performance at the 1993 Grammy Awards, while the album’s title track won the Humane Society’s Genesis Award for raising awareness for animal rights issues.

Track listing
1. “Skin o’ My Teeth” – 3:14
2. “Symphony of Destruction” – 4:02
3. “Architecture of Aggression” – 3:34
4. “Foreclosure of a Dream” – 4:17
5. “Sweating Bullets” – 5:03
6. “This Was My Life” – 3:42
7. “Countdown to Extinction” – 4:16
8. “High Speed Dirt” – 4:12
9. “Psychotron” – 4:42
10. “Captive Honour” – 4:14
11. “Ashes in Your Mouth” – 6:10

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