The Story Behind Megadeth’s Countdown to Extinction

Megadeth entered the 1990s with a bang. Fortunately, for co-founder Dave Mustaine and David “Junior” Ellefson, that status was figurative rather than literal.

The debilitating impact of the serious drug habits the pair had cultivated since investing half the recording budget allocated to Megadeth’s 1985 debut album (Killing is my business… and business is good) in heroin and cocaine, had been demonstrated during the summer of 1988.

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