|Produced by Max Norman & Dave Mustaine|
|Released on October 1994|
|US CHART POSITION #4 . . . PLATINUM RECORD . . . UK CHART POSITION #6|
|Find it at GEMM|
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K ronomyth 6.0: THANATOS UNIDOS (or A SYME OF THE TIMES). Megadeth were megastars. Metal was their business and business was good. I had a negative reaction to most of the 90s metal movement because it had flowed into the mainstream through the same product pipelines that carried Garth Brooks and Nirvana. So while my ears recognize that this is an awesome metal album, my eyes can’t help but notice that it’s also slickly packaged product. Look, Metallica was product, Pantera was product, Soundgarden was product, so I’m not picking on Megadeth here. I’m only saying that a lyric sheet would have been fine; I don’t need a picture to tell the “story” of every song. I get that “Family Tree” is about incest; a photo of a kid holding a teddy bear is just staged pathos. And I still don’t have a clue what babies on a laundry line have to do with euthanasia, or why the “youthanasia” pun isn’t connected to infanticide in China and India. And mightn’t they have taken a photo of the band without using a fan to give their hair a windswept effect? Okay, that’s all the grousing I’m going to do about the megamarketing of Megadeth, sorry about that. Like I said, the album rocks. “Elysian Fields,” “Train of Consequences,” “Addicted to Chaos,” it’s all good. “A Tout le Monde” is also good, although the chorus in French is kind of, well, French. Youthanasia remains a fine example of melodic metal, somewhere between Metallica and King’s X, and by all accounts is a solid followup to the double-platinum Countdown. Ironically, for a band that was anti-war, I can’t help but think how half of this album would make a great soundtrack to destruction (“Blood of Heroes,” “Reckoning Day,” etc.).
|PCDP-529004 back cover|
DAVID ELLEFSON --
MARTY FRIEDMAN --
NICK MENZA --
DAVE MUSTAINE -- mixing
Max Norman -- mixing
Jimmie Wood -- harmonica (2,5)
Hugh Syme -- design & digital illustration
Richard Avedon -- band photography
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|REGION||RELEASE DATE||LABEL||MEDIA||ID NUMBER||FEATURES|
|UK/ITA||October 1994||Capitol||LP/CD/CS||EST-2244/29004-2/4||blue vinyl, gatefold cover, picture sleeve|
|JPN||1994||Capitol||CDX||TOCP-8397||w. bonus tracks|
|UK||1995||Capitol||2CD||CDESTS-2244||repackaged w. HIDDEN TREASURES|
|UK||2004||EMI||CDX||598623-2||digital remaster w. bonus tracks|
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