Megadeth Announce Plans for 'Youthanasia' 20th Anniversary: 'What Are Your Fave Songs?'

Which "Youthanasia" track would you like hearing live?

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Megadeth are cooking up plans for the 20th anniversary of "Youthanasia" record, as frontman Dave Mustaine is asking fans for their personal favorites off the classic 1994 effort.

"We have loads of work to do to get ready for the 'Youthanasia' anniversary ... slowly, but surely!" Dave said via Facebook, along with a question: "What are your fave songs?"

Back in October, Mustaine told the Examiner that the odds of Megadeth performing the album live in full are quite high. "Very big chance," he said. "In fact funny that you mention that, we were just talking about the part where David Ellefson used to play the extra floor tom during 'Reckoning Day,' because the video we did for that song was filmed in Finland and Finland is right next to Russia, so the taxi cab I was in was an old cab from the Russian days back during the cold war."

In general, following 2010's "Rust in Peace: Live" and last year's "Countdown to Extinction: Live," "Youthanasia: Live" seems like an obvious next step.

But back to Dave's question - what are your favorite "Youthanasia" songs?

81 comments sorted by best / new / date

    All42Metal
    Youthanasia and Black Curtains! I love those catchy yet still heavy melodies!
    deth1351
    Blood of heroes and I thought I knew it alll are a couple of my favorites!
    SOAD_SoG
    Mmmm....I want to see "I thought I knew it all" and "Family Tree", also the self-titled.
    chdahi
    I'm holdiing out for the 20th Anniversary of Risk. All joking aside, I'm looking very forward to this!
    BlueIceBox
    Killing Road, Train of Consequences, Victory and Addicted to Chaos have some damn TASTY licks and solos. I'd love to hear them again. Youthanasia has some of Dave's best vocal performances, I wonder how he'll cope singing them again, even in D tuning (which is only half a step down from most of the songs in this album apart from Killing Road).
    starfire666
    excited, but kinda pessimistic about the way Dave is going to sing through the material... the whole of Youthanasia is waaaay out of his current range, even the D tuning will be of no avail....
    EnslaveTheWorld
    I listened to it a lot at one point. But now I generally view it as pretty dull. Cryptic Writings is A LOT better, in my opinion.
    Charvel1030
    Addicted to Chaos, Reckoning Day, Black Curtains, Blood of Heroes, Elysian Fields
    haifisch234
    All of them. Youthanasia is Megadeth's opus magnum.
    Anty 7
    Not even close. I like the album, but Rust in Peace is their magnum opus. And even if you prefer the style of Youthanasia over the earlier thrash records, than Countdown to Extinction is still better.
    Abacus11
    That's a bold statement. I always felt like Rust in Peace and Peace Sells were their best albums by far. I remember getting Youthanasia the day it came out and being pretty disappointed. Looking back it has it's moments but it can't touch anything they did from Countdown back. 1994 was a funny time for metal bands... a lot of them (Megadeth included) were trying to figure out how to remain relevant so they really changed their sounds to compete with alternative rock bands that everyone was into at the time. Interesting album? Yes."Opus Magnum"? I don't know...
    BlueIceBox
    I still think it's one of their best. Unlike the albums that follow it, Youthanasia was dark, heavy and rocking. It felt like a natural progression of Megadeth's sound It's in that fine line between heavy metal and hard rock whereas albums like Risk and Super Collider are just bad records that sound like they're trying too hard to be 'rock' albums.
    KerNeL_KLuTcH
    Peace Sells > RIP, only by a fraction though, Black Friday is top 5 as far as thrash songs go.
    EnslaveTheWorld
    You gotta be kidding me? Black Friday is in your top 5 of ALL thrash metal songs?
    GMPX
    Black Friday is epic, one of Megadeth's best songs and anyone that disagrees should go back to listening to Enter Sandman.
    codyjt5150
    Bad Omen. When I first heard that song it actually scared the shit outta me after the first solo because I thought the song was over. That fast outro is absolutely insane. One of my favorites.
    chamiller005
    I think it's Rust in Peace, personally, but I can see the appeal Youthanasia has in that argument. I'm upset So Far, So Good...So what? Never gets any play in these conversations. Sure, its got a couple bad songs in there, but that things opening 3 tracks are so much FUN. And hook in mouth? To me its one of their most underrated songs.
    ixshadowz
    I can't think of a single bad song on so far so good so what the whole album is amazing!
    Abacus11
    I totally agree about So Far, So Good... So What? Being underrated. Besides a couple of weaker songs it's a great album!
    j-walk
    For me Youthanasia was a very special album. I'll be the first to agree that Rust or Countdown were prob better albums. But Youth will always be my fav. I saw them in 2010 and they played the whole rust album. I saw them in 2012 but they didn't play the whole countdown album
    bustapr
    im beginning to think that these anniversary concerts are the only way to get megadeth to vary their setlists...
    velcrozombie
    Youthanasia always felt a bit front-loaded to me. It starts off with four awesome songs and then it bogs down until you get to Victory (which has the same bassline as Holier Than Thou by...well, you know who). There are just a few too many mid-tempo tracks in the middle. Having said that, I like the album a lot more than I did when it first came out, and I find myself singing Blood of Heroes and Elysian Fields sometimes.
    Abacus11
    I remember getting "Youthanasia" the day it came out and being disappointed. That was the album that made me feel like Megadeth was finally past their prime. However, listening back to it many years later I appreciate it a little more. "Reckoning Day", "Blood of Heroes" and "Elysian Fields" stood out. It's no Rust In Peace (or as good as anything up until Countdown) but looking back it's a fairly solid (if thrashless) heavy metal album.
    JFRules
    Family Tree, Blood of heros, Elysian Fields, addicted to chaos. I love this album.
    Maxim450
    I love the album,and I will definitely want to see it live. But I don't believe Dave can sing like that that anymore, Victory was one hell of a song ,and for me the best vocal performance by Dave.
    DimeLvR
    I like all of them, I cant just pick a few, most underrated Megadeth album by far!!!
    angelfrhell13
    Youthanasia wasn't that good to me... Rust In Peace is still my favorite
    l0ld4v3
    Even if the record can't be compared (and it shouldn't) to other records, doesn't mean you can't pick a song you liked of the record, there's still some thrashy passages throught it, like Victory.
    jamesrulesmetal
    Well said. The style may differ considerably from some of their other albums, but it is a fantastic release with consistently strong songs. A question I will ask is: which is the better album--Youthanasia or Countdown to Extinction? They are quite similar in some ways, featuring slower tempos and a stripped-down style.
    jamesrulesmetal
    Rust In Peace is their masterpiece--no question about it. A progressive thrash album feat. the tasteful, neo-classical widdly shit from the supremely talented and virtuostic Friedman. Everything aspect of that album is phucking brilliant. \m/
    Henry_Fjord
    You guys are crazy. There is a reason Reckoning Day is the first track on the album! So much awesome.
    ThatAndyGuy93
    Crown Of Worms. I know it was a b-side to Train Of Consequences, but therefore it is still linked to Youthanasia and is one of my favourite Megadeth songs.
    Charvel1995
    Addicted to Chaos, A Tout Le Monde, Reckoning Cay, Train of Consequences in that order. Best tracks on the album imo
    usedillusion93
    This is my favorite Megadeth album. If not favorite, than its definitely tied for first with whatever other Megadeth album fits my mood that day. The remaster sucks, if you do anything re-release the original album with some cool bonus tracks/live tracks or just put the original back in print. Songwriting and solos on this album are amazing. These are some of Dave's best written/structured songs he ever wrote. As far as favorites go, I love every song on this album, but I guess I would have to go with 'Elysian Fields', 'Addicted to Chaos', 'The Killing Road', 'I Thought I knew It all', and 'Youthanasia'. This album gets so much hate for being one of Megadeth's best and one of Metal's best albums. Especially for this album being released in the mid 90's.
    paulyg
    I never used to like the album much for some reason, actually it's the production i don't like mostly although it has grown on me over the years. 'A Tout Le Monde' is my fave track.
    Anjohl
    These full album events are great, especially for real fans who want album cuts, not the latest greatest hits album in order.
    lankeysob
    Killing Road, Elysian Fields, and Victory were my favorites on that album.
    jamesrulesmetal
    Great album. The comparatively simpler style of riffing on the album is consistently phucking fantastic! Tracks? I'll go with Reckoning Day, Train of Consequences, Addicted to Chaos, and the heavy titular track. \m/
    ewolf5150
    so is megadeth just gonna do these anniversary tours now? screw this, work on a follow up to super collider!