Sound — 10
Megadeth never fails to impress me. Compared to the albums before this one, CTE slows down their riffs, but yet keeps that incredible power and crunch everyone knows. I strongly prefer the original release over the remastered version; the original is rawer and has more vibes to it. And let's not forget the rapid solos from Dave and Marty!
Lyrics — 10
I love the lyrics on this album. A great mixture of political and personal themes in it. Dave Mustaine may not be the strongest singer, but his style really suits the lyrics that he sings his heart out on. 01. Skin O My Teeth - about trying various ways to commit suicide, but always never getting the job done. Amazing opener. 02. Symphony Of Destruction - the rise of a tyrant and his downfall. One of Megadeth's signature songs and one of their best. 03. Architecture Of Aggression - a song about war and the aftermath of it. One of my favorites on the album. 04. Foreclosure Of A Dream - about poverty on farms and also about David Ellefson's life when he was with his parents. Very powerful and heartfelt. 05. Sweating Bullets - about a man with multiple personalties. My favorite track on the album and it never ceases to entertain me. 06. This Is The Life - a person who tries to live life to the fullest, but screws it up. So-so song. 07. Countdown To Extinction - about hunting all animals to the brink of extinction till there's only one animal left: Man. Very impressive song and probably one of the strongest on the album. 08. High Speed Dirt - about the thrill of skydiving. Fun song, really catchy. 09. Psychotron - about the comic book character, Dethlok. Okay song, not one of my favorites. 10. Captive Honour - about the court and the judge. Awesome song, especially the voiceovers. Best one: "Life?! What do you mean life? I ain't got a life!" 11. Ashes In Your Mouth - the aftermath of war. Great song, especially the intro.
Overall Impression — 10
This album is the one that got me into Megadeth and I still love it to death. Definitely better than most of Metallica's '90s stuff (except the Black Album). The best songs on the album are: Sweating Bullets, Symphony Of Destruction, Architecture Of Aggression, Foreclosure Of A Dream, and Countdown To Extinction. If it was stolen, I would by two more copies and make sure no one takes them!