Speaking to the Artisan News, Ellefson stated about the LP, “‘Countdown’ was really one of my favorite records of the whole Megadeth catalog… for a number of reasons. Musically, I think it brought together the best of thrash, the melodic part, writing big, hooky riffs. And that record really launched us into the mainstream, which opened up a lot of other opportunites and things for us to do. But more importantly, I think, than all of that, is it was a really cool time when the four of us were really, probably, our most connected together as a band.”
Megadeth‘s fifth LP, Countdown To Extinction was released on July 14, 1992 through Capitol Records. The band’s best-selling full-length CD to date, it was certified double-platinum by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association Of America) for U.S. shipments in excess of two million copies. The album also produced the band’s most successful hit singles, Symphony Of Destruction, Sweating Bullets, Skin O’ My Teeth and Foreclosure Of A Dream.
According to the band’s official website, Megadeth is confirmed to perform a headline show at the Theater Caupolican in Santiago, Chile on September 7th. Tickets are now on sale at puntoticket.com.
As previously reported, Megadeth and Rob Zombie recently announced a co-headlining tour. The trek, which marks the first time the two bands have toured together, kicks off Friday, May 11th in Holmdel, NJ and encompasses high-profile appearances at several rock festivals, including Rock On The Range and Rocklahoma.