Megadeth leader Dave Mustaine has personally overseen a new 20th-anniversary edition of the band's most popular album, 1992's double platinum-certified "Countdown To Extinction", which will be released on November 6.
Presented in a 2CD lift-top box and digitally, "Countdown To Extinction"'s new commemorative edition pairs the remastered original album with a 1992 concert, recorded live at San Francisco's Cow Palace, which has never before been released in its entirety. The concert audio has been newly remixed for this release. The physical and digital versions both include a booklet with a new liner notes essay by music journalist Kory Grow, and the 2CD box also contains a 24" x 36" poster and four collectible postcards.
Megadeth's fifth album, "Countdown To Extinction" was recorded in Los Angeles in 1992 as rioting raged across the city in response to the Rodney King trial verdicts. American tensions weren't limited to L.A., by any means, as the "Gulf War" was still fresh in people's minds, the state of the environment was becoming headline news, and President George H.W. Bush was seeking reelection in a heated campaign season.
Out of this turmoil, Megadeth was inspired to create "Countdown To Extinction", considered by many to be the band's best and most accessible album. The group's previous albums, including "So Far, So Good...So What!" and "Rust In Peace", included songs that tackled topics like censorship and religious bloodletting in the Middle East. But none were as polemical as the sonic missiles launched by "Countdown".
Megadeth laced the songs with acid-tongued commentary about subjects ranging from the futility of war ("Architecture Of Aggression") to the senseless brutality of caged hunting ("Countdown To Extinction"). "Foreclosure Of A Dream" sampled George Bush's infamous "Read My Lips" speech, making a statement about taxation endangering the American Dream.
Thanks to a perfect balance of hard-rock song structures, epic choruses, and fleet-fingered guitar work, "Countdown To Extinction" became an instant classic, benefiting from copious MTV and radio play.
The album shot to No. 2 on the Billboard chart (it may have hit No. 1, if not for Billy Ray Cyrus' long chart-topping reign with "Some Gave All"), and it was certified double platinum in the U.S. within two years, with sales of more than two million copies.
Megadeth will perform the acclaimed album in its entirety on their "Countdown To Extinction 20th Anniversary Tour" this November and December see tour dates below.
Megadeth "Countdown To Extinction - 20th Anniversary Edition" Release date: November 6
01. Skin O' My Teeth 02. Symphony Of Destruction 03. Architecture Of Aggression 04. Foreclosure Of A Dream 05. Sweating Bullets 06. This Was My Life 07. Countdown To Extinction 08. High Speed Dirt 09. Psychotron 10. Captive Honour 11. Ashes In Your Mouth
CD 2 Live At Cow Palace, 1992
01. Intro 02. Holy WarsThe Punishment Due 03. Skin O' My Teeth 04. Wake Up Dead 05. Hangar 18 06. Countdown To Extinction 07. Foreclosure Of A Dream 08. This Was My Life 09. Lucretia 10. Sweating Bullets 11. In My Darkest Hour 12. The Conjuring 13. Tornado 14. Ashes In Your Mouth 15. Symphony Of Destruction 16. Peace Sells 17. Anarchy In the UK
Megadeth Countdown To Extinction 20th Anniversary Tour
11/09 - Providence, RI - Lupo's at the Strand 11/10 - Huntington, NY - Paramount Theatre 11/11 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium 11/13 - Wallingford, CT - Oakdale Theatre 11/14 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom 11/16 - Atlantic City, NJ - House Of Blues 11/17 - Niagara Falls, NY - Rapids Theatre 11/19 - Stroudsburg, PA - Sherman Theater 11/20 - Columbus, OH - LC Pavilion 11/24 - Myrtle Beach, SC - House Of Blues 11/25 - Charlotte, NC - Fillmore 11/26 - Atlanta, GA - The Tabernacle 11/28 - Kansas City, MO - Midland Theatre 12/01 - Salt Lake City, UT - Great Saltair 12/02 - Boise, ID - Knitting Factory 12/04 - Reno, NV - Grand Sierra Theatre 12/06 - Las Vegas, NV - House Of Blues 12/07 - Pomona, CA - Fox Theatre
Thanks to Hennemusic for the report.