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Deth Metal!

taken from Metal Hammer, March 1992
by Jodi Summers


What on earth is going on? Dave Mustaine, notorious Megadeth megalomaniac, has "a greeting for everyone", even his own band members!! He's letting them write some songs, he's not freebasing and he's probably going to church on Sundays! Jodi Summers, our girl inside the studio, reckons it's all helping to make Countdown to Extinction the finest 'Deth album to date!

The rain had stopped and it was one of those perfect Southern California mornings. Dave Mustaine sauntered into Enterprise Studios with a smile on his face and a greeting for everyone. Producer Max Norman was cueing up the high-intensity opus, "Architecture of Aggression", which was in need of Mustaine's attentive ears. The jagged, riff-heavy thrust of the politically offensive tune pummeled the studio. It was excruciating: tight... fast... hard... extremely Megadeth.

"Max is a genius in the studio. He smokes anybody we've ever worked with," Dave enthuses during a work break. "I'm not taking anything away from Desmond Child or Mike Clink or Randy Burns, but Max is perfectly suited to record Megadeth."

Humor is the key with Megadeth as they record their fifth album, Countdown to Extinction. Too many past studio projects, from Rust in Peace to Peace Sells have been punctuated by tense verbal tirades.

"I've never been more secure with a project that I've worked on," notes Dave, a new-found tranquility in his voice. Dave cites four reasons for the smooth-running of the Countdown to Extinction project.

"One, I'm not smoking heroin every day."

"Two, I'm not freebasing."

"Three, the studio's right down the street from my house so I'm not paranoid that I'm going to get pulled over for transporting drugs back and forth the work place."

"Four, it's still the same band members." Have drummer Nick Menza and guitarist Marty Friedman become permanent fixtures in the constantly altering Megadeth line-up?

"Perhaps, perhaps not. It is a major accomplishment that all four members of Megadeth contributed material to Countdown to Extinction. Past Megadeth productions were nearly all Mustaine."

"In the past they were basically Dave's songs and I made contributions to them," noted eight-year cohort 'Junior' Ellefson. "This time it was all of us writing. Ironically, the album title, as well as the lyrics to the song "Countdown to Extinction", came from Nick."

"I would rather they all had their hands in the music than their hands in my pocket," stated Dave. "Instead of me cutting up these boys' meat for them, I've shown them how to flail their own knife. We've put a lot of thought into these songs and we all know exactly what it is that we're trying to convey."

There's a new-found sophistication to Megadeth's new material. Sure there are speed-hungry signature Megadeth tunes such as "Breakpoint" and "High Speed Dirt". One of the most lyrically noteworthy pieces on Countdown to Extinction is the Junior Ellefson semi-autobiographical composition "Foreclosure of a Dream".

"It's about what happened to my family under the Reagan administration," cites Junior. "The government put my family, who were farmers in Minnesota, out of business."

As always, Megadeth's lyrics are pointed, but you'll hear the evolution in the music. There's no longer the loose, heavily punctuated timing that has been the boon and the bane of past Megadeth albums. Countdown to Extinction is tight. Musical dynamics are attributed to Dave's new-found interest in engineering.

"We chopped up the arrangements and rid ourselves of a lot of the fat, got right to the meat and potatoes of everything," explains Dave. "I used to think dead space was cool, but now there's no room even to catch your breath. Before, there were a lot of starts, a lot of turnarounds. Not anymore. You better hope that you've got an aqualung handy."

As the music from "Skin O'My Teeth" ricochets around the room it bounces off the first word of the first day, a phrase which has become the motto of this album. The sign states "No Obsequious Bozophobics Allowed". No ass kissing, no lines of cocaine, no bad tempers. Although Megadeth have not altered their musical stance, they have altered their point of view.

"We're supposed to be having fun," concludes Dave. "What's the point of doing anything if you don't enjoy it?"


So Far, So Good... So Mega! :: Marty Friedman's Stepping Stone :: Clash of the Titans - Mighty Megadeth :: I'm a Rock Star, OK? :: The Big Four :: Rust Never Sleeps :: Good Times, Bad Times, Dave Times :: Clash of the Titans :: The Secrets of Hangar 18 :: Simply Symphonic :: Deth Metal! :: Love it to 'Deth! :: A Kinder, Gentler... Megadeth :: RIP Reader's Poll Winner - Best Album: Countdown to Extinction :: I Was Dead and They Brought Me Back! :: Godzilla vs. Megadeth :: Tour of Consequences :: Mustaine Mouths Off :: MD.45 - The Mustaine Side Project :: There's a Lot of Fire on This Album! :: Dethspotting :: Megadeth: Secret Mission :: At the Start It Was About Revenge :: Escaping Capitol Punishment to Reach Sanctuary :: Megadeth's Really Over!

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