The damage caused to Megatron's chest by the exponential generator disappears after he leaves the lab. First of, let me start of by saying this album IS slower than Megadeth’s previous releases. [general laughter] It just goes to show that political messages, liberal or conservative, should never be more important than the music being played. Less thrash(as stated before), simplified melodies but not to the point of being watered down at all. That doesn't necessarily mean it IS better. You could pretty much hear everything on the last two as well, without this cold feeling. The cause could have been from more input on the writing from the other band members rather than the Daves. Megatron's communication with Shockwave on Cybertron is indicated by his upper-chest rectangles blinking. And since the two are so similar, I'll get this out of the way - since people are so hasty to point out Metallica sold out and give the band crap, Megadeth did too. There are a couple of quiet verse/loud chorus hard rock/heavy metal ballads (the title track, 'Foreclosure of a Dream') that progress in a very predictable fashion and don't bring much to the table instrumentally or vocally beyond catchy choruses, which are admittedly some of the best on the album. As the sliding doors start to open to admit Megatron, he disappears for a frame or two. This is more a heavy than thrash album, but I'd recommend both try it. Some people say they can't stand Dave's vocals on this one but I think they're funny as hell and delightfully evil. It's the best example of the condensed and commercial heavy/groove metal style on the album, and beats out nearly everything else in its field at the time. No! Let’s check out the early heavy metal that Priest pioneered with Killing Machine or Screaming for Vengeance. If you're looking for the more dangerous, fiery successor to Rust In Peace, you aren't going to find that here nor likely anywhere in metal. Countdown To Extinction needs to be addressed and talked about from a different angle, because based off of a lot of what other thrash goers seem to bare in mind, there's a huge lack of musical understanding. So Far has always been right behind Rust in my eyes, but to be honest, it's tied with this. As history would denote, this ended up being a turning point for the band in a few different ways, not all of which are for the better. Mixed success, the solo's once again didnt feel as amazing as older material. None of the albums coming after Countdown – Youthanasia, Cryptic Writings, and Risk – ever reached #1, and none of them sold as well as Countdown to Extinction either. As the Dinobots push the building back into place, Grimlock has his old head design, and Sludge has that strange yellow mouth interior again. As well, Nick Menza's (R.I.P.) Ashes in Your Mouth is located at the very end of the record. The riffs have this strange, cheerful circus-y vibe to them, and make the album sound silly and light-hearted, as opposed to menacing or serious, as one should expect with a thrash band of this status, let alone a band fronted by one of the men who pioneered the genre. Ashes In Your Mouth is the ending thrasher and would surely appeal to even a thrash purist, its aggressive and Mustaine’s sneering and Menza’s perfect drumming really makes it a classic. He was market savvy and schemed accordingly. Just like when Metallica released the famous Black Album, detractors of Megadeth screamed "sellout" after the release of the album. Best Tracks:Skin O' My Teeth, Architecture of Aggression, Foreclosure of a Dream, Sweatign Bullets, Countdown to Extinction, Psychotron, Ashes in Your Mouth, Captive Honour. This is definitely essential for any Megadeth fan due to its highlights and place in history of the band and metal as a whole, but be prepared for a less than stellar effort. 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