Countdown to Extinction: Live

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Countdown to Extinction: Live
Live album by Megadeth
Released September 24, 2013
Recorded 2012
Genre Thrash metal, heavy metal, speed metal
Label Tradecraft, via Universal
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Countdown to Extinction: Live
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The Big 4 Live from Sofia, Bulgaria
Countdown to Extinction: Live

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, CA, 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.

Background and release[edit]

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.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [3]
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]

Track listing[edit]

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

No. Title Lyrics Music Original album Length
1. "Trust"   Dave Mustaine Marty Friedman, Mustaine Cryptic Writings (1997) 5:10
2. "Hangar 18"       Rust in Peace (1990) 5:15
3. "Public Enemy"   "Johnny K" Karkazis, Mustaine Karkazis, 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, Mustaine Friedman, Mustaine   4:15
11. "High Speed Dirt"   Ellefson, Mustaine     4:16
12. "Psychotron"     Friedman, Mustaine   4:36
13. "Captive Honour"   Ellefson, Mustaine Friedman, 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



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




  1. ^ "Megadeth: 'Countdown To Extinction: Live' Due In September". Retrieved 24 August 2013. 
  2. ^ Ouellette, Mary (21 September 2013). "Megadeth Reveal "Countdown To Extinction: Live" Trailer". Loudwire. Retrieved 24 September 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Thomas, Fred (2013). 'Countdown to Extinction: Live' Review. Allmusic. Retrieved September 27, 2013
  4. ^ "Megadeth's 'Countdown To Extinction: Live' CD: First-Week Sales Revealed". Retrieved 3 October 2013. 
  5. ^ "Megadeth "Countdown to Extinction: Live" to be Released September 24". Retrieved 15 September 2013. 
  6. ^ "Archívum › Kereső – lista és dátum szerint" (in Hungarian). Mahasz. LightMedia. Select Lista as Top 40 album, then select Ev as {{{year}}} then select Het as {{{week}}} then click on Kereses
  7. ^ "Megadeth Album & Song Chart History" Billboard 200 for Megadeth.