Megadeth's career has been marked by plenty of monumental achievements, and high among those many triumphs is 1992's Countdown to Extinction. The band's fifth full-length album, it stands as the band's topmost charting record — it debuted on the Billboard 200 at No. 2 — as well as their best-selling effort, certified double Platinum for more than two million units moved. It also spawned one of their best-known songs, and certainly their biggest single — the menacing but also incredibly melodic, "Symphony of Destruction."
Released on July 14th, 1992, Megadeth's Countdown to Extinction album came at a pivotal moment in the band's career. The thrash pioneers, led by former Metallica man Dave Mustaine, debuted in 1985 with the ferociously raw Killing is My Business… And Business is Good! By their fourth album, 1990's landmark Rust in Peace, they were arguably the most combustible and chops-crazed speed-metal unit around, seemingly without peer in their fiery mix of technical skill and tight-as-nails songwriting.