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Great by the skin o' its teeth
on 27 September 2013
Though Countdown To Extinction marked the beginning of a transitory period into commercialism, the album has aged remarkably well as a whole so it was worth celebrating.
This single standard DVD edition - the visual quality of which is ace enough to suggest it must be a valid simple descaling of the HD version - features the whole CTD album sandwiched between some other familiar classics. Though very enjoyable to watch (particularly the rarely played songs), it doesn't earn full marks in that I feel quite sure that Mustaine's vocals have been overdubbed; I could be wrong, but I have that feeling.
All the songs, to match Mustaine's lower singing tone, feature down-tuned guitars, and this makes the original spikier songs a bit murky sounding, though it's an interesting experiment for some.
I perhaps shouldn't complain in that touching up is mandatory to make a product more polished, but I like 'deth more when they are evidently more with warts and all.
Apart for audio format selection there is nothing in the way of special features. Hardcore fans will appreciate it in their collection, though.