Countdown to Extinction: Live

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Countdown to Extinction •Live•
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Live album by
ReleasedSeptember 24, 2013
RecordedDecember 07, 2012, Pomona Fox Theater
Genre Thrash metal, heavy metal, speed metal
Label Tradecraft, via Universal
Megadeth live chronology
The Big 4 Live from Sofia, Bulgaria
(2010)
Countdown to Extinction •Live•
(2013)
Megadeth video chronology
The Big 4 Live from Sofia, Bulgaria
(2010)
Countdown to Extinction •Live•
(2013)

Countdown to Extinction •Live• is a live album by American heavy metal band Megadeth, released on September 24, 2013, through Dave Mustaine's Tradecraft label in Blu-ray, DVD, and CD formats. It was recorded during the band's "Countdown to Extinction 20th Anniversary Tour" at a show at Fox Theatre in Pomona, California, on December 7, 2012, [1] and features the band performing the entire Countdown to Extinction album. The album debuted at number 119 on the Billboard 200.

Heavy metal is a genre of rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, largely in the United Kingdom. With roots in blues rock, psychedelic rock, and acid rock, the bands that created heavy metal developed a thick, massive sound, characterized by highly amplified distortion, extended guitar solos, emphatic beats, and overall loudness. The genre's lyrics and performance styles are sometimes associated with aggression and machismo.

Megadeth American heavy metal band

Megadeth is an American heavy metal band from Los Angeles, California. Guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassist David Ellefson formed the band in 1983 shortly after Mustaine's dismissal from Metallica. Along with Metallica, Anthrax, and Slayer, Megadeth is one of the "big four" of American thrash metal, responsible for its development and popularization. Their music features complex arrangements and fast rhythm sections, and lyrical themes of death, war, politics, and religion.

Dave Mustaine American musician

David Scott Mustaine is an American guitarist, singer, songwriter, actor and author. He is best known as the co-founder, lead vocalist, guitarist and primary songwriter of the American heavy metal band Megadeth, as well as the original lead guitarist of the American band Metallica.

Contents

Background and release

Countdown to Extinction was released in 1992, and became the band's most successful record both on the charts (U.S. #2) and in sales numbers (2× platinum). [2] The "20th anniversary tour" idea for this album follows on a similar tour in honor of the 20th anniversary of another Megadeth album, Rust in Peace (1990) and its associated live album.

<i>Countdown to Extinction</i> 1992 studio album by Megadeth

Countdown to Extinction is the fifth studio album by American thrash metal band Megadeth, released on July 14, 1992, through Capitol Records. 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.

<i>Rust in Peace</i> 1990 studio album by Megadeth

Rust in Peace is the fourth studio album by American thrash metal band Megadeth, released on September 24, 1990 by Capitol Records. Following the departure of band members Jeff Young and Chuck Behler in 1989, Rust in Peace was the first album to feature guitarist Marty Friedman and drummer Nick Menza. Rust in Peace received universal acclaim from fans and critics, and was responsible for bringing Megadeth to the attention of a mainstream metal audience. It has been cited as one of the best thrash metal records of all time by publications such as Decibel and Kerrang!, and listed as one of the 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. The album was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance at the 33rd Grammy Awards. At the 1991 Foundations Forum, it won a Concrete Foundations Award for Top Radio Album and the single Hangar 18 won Top Radio Cut.

<i>Rust in Peace Live</i> 2010 live album by Megadeth

Rust in Peace •Live• is a live album by American heavy metal band Megadeth, released in 2010 through Shout! Factory in Blu-ray, DVD, and CD formats. The release was in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the original release of Rust in Peace and it is the first Megadeth release since 2002's Rude Awakening to feature bassist David Ellefson.

Reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
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Critical reaction

Fred Thomas of Allmusic commented that while the execution of the album was "surprisingly interesting", the production and feel of the original album were not present. [3]

Commercial performance

Countdown to Extinction: Live sold about 3600 copies in the U.S. during its first week, enough to reach number 119 on the Billboard 200. [4]

The Billboard 200 is a record chart ranking the 200 most popular music albums and EPs in the United States. It is published weekly by Billboard magazine. It is frequently used to convey the popularity of an artist or groups of artists. Often, a recording act will be remembered by its "number ones", those of their albums that outperformed all others during at least one week. The chart grew from a weekly top 10 list in 1956 to become a top 200 in May 1967, and acquired its present title in March 1992. Its previous names include the Billboard Top LPs (1961–72), Billboard Top LPs & Tape (1972–84), Billboard Top 200 Albums (1984–85) and Billboard Top Pop Albums.

Track listing

All tracks from Countdown to Extinction unless otherwise noted; all music and lyrics by Mustaine unless otherwise noted

No.TitleLyricsMusicOriginal albumLength
1."Trust" Dave Mustaine Marty Friedman, Mustaine Cryptic Writings (1997)5:10
2."Hangar 18"   Rust in Peace (1990)5:15
3."Public Enemy No. 1" "Johnny K" Karkazis, MustaineKarkazis, Mustaine Thirteen (2011)4:42
4."Skin o' My Teeth"   3:45
5."Symphony of Destruction"   3:56
6."Architecture of Aggression"  David Ellefson, Mustaine 3:43
7."Foreclosure of a Dream"Ellefson, Mustaine  4:15
8."Sweating Bullets"   4:55
9."This Was My Life"   3:46
10."Countdown to Extinction"Ellefson, Nick Menza, MustaineFriedman, Mustaine 4:15
11."High Speed Dirt"Ellefson, Mustaine  4:16
12."Psychotron" Friedman, Mustaine 4:36
13."Captive Honour"Ellefson, MustaineFriedman, Menza, Mustaine 4:15
14."Ashes in Your Mouth" Ellefson, Friedman, Menza, Mustaine 6:23
15."She-Wolf"  Cryptic Writings (1997)3:45
16."Peace Sells"   Peace Sells... but Who's Buying? (1986)4:52
17."Holy Wars... The Punishment Due"  Rust in Peace (1990)8:19

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Charts

Chart (2013)Peak
Position
Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ) [6] 14
US Billboard 200 [7] 119

Personnel

Megadeth
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Chris Broderick American guitarist

Christopher Alan "Chris" Broderick is an American musician, best known as the former guitarist of the American heavy metal band Megadeth. He is also formerly the lead guitarist and keyboardist for Jag Panzer, appearing on four of Jag Panzer's albums The Age of Mastery, Thane to the Throne, Mechanized Warfare and Casting the Stones before moving on to Megadeth, replacing Glen Drover. Before joining Megadeth and while still in Jag Panzer, he was also a touring guitarist for Nevermore between 2001 and 2003 and then again between 2006 and 2007. He is now the lead guitarist for Act of Defiance, which he formed with fellow ex-Megadeth bandmate, Shawn Drover.

David Ellefson Bass guitarist

David Warren Ellefson is an American bassist, co-founder and second-longest serving member of the American heavy metal band Megadeth from 1983 to 2002 and again from 2010. He has also been referred to as "Junior" to differentiate him from his bandmate Dave Mustaine, but does not go by this name professionally. Ellefson currently resides in Scottsdale, Arizona. In addition to playing bass guitar in Megadeth, Ellefson also has various side projects which include Temple of Brutality, F5, Killing Machine and Metal Allegiance.

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