Countdown to Extinction: Live

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Countdown to Extinction: Live
Live album by
ReleasedSeptember 24, 2013
RecordedDecember 07, 2012, Pomona Fox Theater
GenreThrash metal, heavy metal, speed metal
LabelTradecraft, via Universal
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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, 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.

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
Allmusic3/5 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.TitleLyricsMusicOriginal albumLength
1."Trust"Dave MustaineMarty Friedman, MustaineCryptic Writings (1997)5:10
2."Hangar 18"  Rust in Peace (1990)5:15
3."Public Enemy""Johnny K" Karkazis, MustaineKarkazis, MustaineThirteen (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



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. ^ "Top 40 album DVD és válogatáslemez-lista – {{{year}}}. {{{week}}}. hét" (in Hungarian). MAHASZ.
  7. ^ "Megadeth Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard.