Through Capitol Records on July 6, 1992, Megadeth released their fith studio album, Countdown To Extinction. The album entered the Billboard 200 at number 2, which is still their highest chart rating to date. Their latest album, Dystopia came very close, as it reached number 3 on the same chart. So, this album is easily the most successful album from Megadeth. This album has been nominated for a Grammy Award, and is double platinum.
There were four different singles for this album, starting with "Symphony of Destruction." This single was announced on July 21, 1992, and is what I would call your typical Megadeth song. Its talking about the power of a mortal man, presumably a government figure and how they act like they're practically Gods. Its a decent song, but honestly its not my favorite.
A favorite for me though is actually another single. "Forclosure Of A Dream" comes from a very real, and very dark place. When all hope is gone, and the dedication gets crushed by a brick (which is really life and its antics) you start feeling things slip away from you. But yet, near the end of the song there's a glimmer of hope. That flame begins to ignite again. "Now with new hope some will be proud. This is no hoax, no one pushed out. Receive a reprieve and be a pioneer. Break new ground of a new frontier. Now ideas will surely get by. No deed, no dividend. Some may ask, "Why?" You'll find the solution, the answer's in the sky."
This is how any passion in life goes. You got through periods where all seems lost, and there appears to be no point at all. But somehow, it always comes back. This is probably the first Megadeth song I genuinely really loved. I've heard a good chunk of their work from over the years so far, and found most of it to be okay. Not bad, but also not amazing either.
Honestly though, I can completely see why this album is Megadeth's most successful album. Its a great piece of art, and definitely stands out a lot compared to other works. Be sure to check it out, along with the other fourteen albums they have out! Several of which we've reviewed actually!
We're working on doing reviews for all of their albums, but here's what we have so far! Cryptic Writings -Risk- The World Needs A Hero -The System Has Failed - United Abominations - Thirteen -Super Collider -Dystopia
While you're checking things out, be sure to head on over to Megadeth's website to take a look at all of their upcoming performances. They have many festivals coming up such as Fort Rock, Welcome To Rockville, Carolina Rebellion, Rock On The Range, Rock'n Derby,Rocklahoma, and River City Rockfest. Further information can be found on the respective festival websites!
All reviews have the date they were written, the album title, and the band's name, with the exception of Life Starts Now by Three Days Grace and Dear Agony by Breaking Benjamin. Those dates were guessed at, as they were written well before the website began.