Countdown to Extinction

Teeth Week #7: “Skin O’ My Teeth” by Megadeth

This track comes by the suggestion of the Mad Metal Man himself, Harrison!  From the near-immortal album Countdown to Exitinction, this song relates to suicide, not dental surgery, but we’ll go with it anyway.

 

I had wrists donning slitsFlowing constantlyMy broken body in a wreckWrapped around a treeA crosswalk hit and runThe finish line for mePeople clutter in the gutterTake a look and see
No escaping painYou belong to meClinging on to lifeBy the skin o’ my teeth
No escaping painYou belong to meClinging on to lifeBy the skin o’ my teeth
My blood flows through the streetsDeluge from the woundsEmpty jars of sleeping pillsOn the dresser in my roomMy wet-brain neighbor cranesHis neck to seeIn time, the white lights, a trainBearing down on me
No escaping painYou belong to meClinging on to lifeBy the skin o’ my teeth
No escaping painYou belong to meClinging onto lifeBy the skin o’ my teeth
I won’t feel the hurtI’m not trash any longerThat that doesn’t kill meOnly makes me strongerI need a ride to the morgueThat’s what 911 is forSo tag my toe and don’t forgetOoh, to close the drawer
No escaping painYou belong to meClinging on to lifeBy the skin o’ my teeth
No escaping painYou belong to meClinging on to lifeBy the skin o’ my teeth

REVIEW: Megadeth – Countdown to Extinction (Remixed & Remastered) #200wordchallenge

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Scan_20160826MEGADETH – Countdown to Extinction (2004 Remixed & Remastered edition, originally 1992)

Dave Mustaine is a visionary, there is little question of that. He knows what he wants with each record and goes for it. With this one, “precision” was the word of the day. Recorded digitally, Countdown to Extinction is perfection embodied. Not one bum note, every beat is metronomically correct. So what could possibly be improved on a remaster?

This excellent series of Megadeth remasters are actually all remixed from the original tapes. This was done with Dave himself at the helm, still the perfectionist. Countdown being flawless already, I’m sure he didn’t have to do much remixing. You can hear some changes and some additional effects added here and there, and some different takes of instrumental tracks. In general though, the differences are the kind only diehards will notice. This CD sounds three-dimensional even on the cheapest of sound systems.  Dave Mustaine, this is your Sgt. Peppers!

I won’t even bother discussing the tunes. You know them all anyway.  “Symphony of Destuction”, “Sweating Bullets”, “Foreclosure of a Dream”…they are all excellent examples of technically sharp and aggressive heavy metal.   For bonus tracks, you get one hard-to-find B-sides and some interesting demos, but not the coveted rare Trent Reznor remix.

4.5/5 stars

 


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