Classic: Megadeth, Countdown To Extinction, 1992
Opening with Skin O’ My Teeth, we are welcomed into Mustaine´s world in a more than fitting way. And then it only gets better. Several songs on this disk rank among my all time favourites in the genre. Think Symphony Of Destruction, Foreclosure Of A Dream and the title track. All trademark songs with great melodies, lyrics and solos. And solos we get in abundance all around. Both Mustaine as Marty Friedman are in top form and trade licks and fretboard pyrotechnics like there´s no tomorrow.
But also tracks like the powerful Architecture Of Aggression, the imaginative Sweating Bullets or the entertaining This Was My Life deserve our undivided attention. Mustaine proves over and over he is great at writing lyrics: “when you kill a man you´re a murderer, when you kill many you are a conqueror. Kill them all oh you´re `God” , ” Better pray to God for your soul, cause your ass is mine”, all from Captive Honour just proves that point.
And if you do not care about the words but like metal / trash / loud guitars / whatever, then sit through this album without it putting a smile on your face…