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Megadeth – Youthanasia

Youthanasia is the sixth studio album by American thrash metal band Megadeth, released on November 1, 1994. The album is not a large stylistic departure from the band’s earlier recordings; however it marked the continuing evolution of Megadeth, following the footsteps of the previous album Countdown to Extinction (1992). The album’s title is a play on words, implying that society is euthanizing its youth. The cover art features an elderly woman hanging babies by their feet on a seemingly endless clothesline; the artwork concept was directly inspired from a line of the title track.

The cover art by Hugh Syme features an elderly woman hanging babies by their feet on a seemingly endless clothesline. According to bassist David Ellefson, the artwork concept was directly inspired from a line of the title track, “We’ve been hung out to dry”. The title is a combination of the words “youth” and “euthanasia”. Three singles were released from Youthanasia: “Reckoning Day”, “Train of Consequences” and “A Tout le Monde”.

Track listing

1. “Reckoning Day” – 4:34
2. “Train of Consequences” – 3:26
3. “Addicted to Chaos” – 5:26
4. “A Tout le Monde” – 4:28
5. “Elysian Fields” – 4:03
6. “The Killing Road” – 3:57
7. “Blood of Heroes” – 3:57
8. “Family Tree” – 4:07
9. “Youthanasia” – 4:09
10. “I Thought I Knew It All” – 3:44
11. “Black Curtains” – 3:39
12. “Victory” – 4:27

 

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