The System Has Failed

The System Has Failed

by Megadeth
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The System Has Failed

The System Has Failed marks a return from the dead for Megadeth -- and quite a glorious return, it must be said. When bandleader Dave Mustaine was diagnosed in early 2002 with radial neuropathy -- strained nerves in his left arm and hand -- the snarling guitar shredder was forced to disband his once groundbreaking group after nearly two decades of activity. Granted, it wasn't that big of a loss at the time, chiefly so because Megadeth had long passed its prime. The band's key recordings date back to the speed metal era, from 1986 (the year of Peace Sells, Reign in Blood, and Master of Puppets) to 1992 (the year Megadeth, like Metallica a year earlier, made a distinct, more commercial shift, releasing Countdown to Extinction -- to the dismay of many longtime fans). Following Countdown, Megadeth struggled. The band continued to release albums, but they weren't well received and, very sadly, one of metal's once preeminent acts became a bitter has-been. So after Mustaine's injury, the disbanding of Megadeth didn't seem all that unfortunate at the time -- it seemed overdue, some would argue. Then in 2004, shortly after an exemplary reissue campaign, Mustaine resurrected Megadeth for The System Has Failed. And frankly, the band hasn't sounded this vital since Countdown to Extinction, if not Rust in Peace (to risk overstating just how much of a return to glory this album is). Mustaine is joined on guitar by Chris Poland, the very talented guitarist whom he'd fired after the masterful Peace Sells album back in the day. It's a surprise return, and no doubt a very exciting one for fans of Peace Sells (note the shred-fest "Kick the Chair" in particular). That re-pairing of Mustaine and Poland alone makes The System Has Failed worthwhile, but there are also the songs themselves. Put simply, they're ferocious! No, this isn't a good old-fashioned thrash album, but you can tell Mustaine is going for that vibe, especially on songs like "Back in the Day," one in particular that should give dyed-in-the-wool headbangers a giddy sense of déjà vu. The System Has Failed is actually more of a synthesis, taking the reckless abandon of pre-Countdown Megadeth and infusing it with the melodic songwriting of latter-day diamonds in the rough like "Symphony of Destruction" and "A Tout le Monde." Add to this some especially thoughtful lyrics (archly political, nakedly personal, and shamelessly mature), and you have the recipe for an excellent, damn near perfect Megadeth album, up there with Peace Sells, Rust in Peace, and Countdown -- as unlikely as that may seem. Regardless of where The System Has Failed ranks alongside Megadeth's other standout albums, however, it most certainly blows away practically every other aboveground metal album of 2004. No joke. This is the sort of latter-day masterpiece Metallica struggled in vain for a decade-plus to record to no avail.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/14/2004
Label: Sanctuary Records
UPC: 0060768470828
catalogNumber: 84708

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Megadeth   Primary Artist
Chris Poland   Guitar,Soloist,Fills,Musician
Eric Darken   Percussion,Musician
Vinnie Colaiuta   Drums,Musician
Charles Judge   Keyboards,Musician
Dave Mustaine   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Soloist,Musician
Chris Rodriguez   Background Vocals,Musician
Jimmie Lee Sloas   Bass Guitar,Musician
Jonathan Yudkin   Banjo,Strings,Keyboards,Musician
Ralph Patlan   Vocals,Voices,Musician
Tim Akers   Keyboards,Musician
Scott Harrison   Vocals,Musician
Michael Davis   Musician
Lance Dean   Vocals,Musician
Celeste Amber Montague   Voices
Justis Mustaine   Musician,Spoken Word
Robert Venable   Vocals,Musician

Technical Credits

Jeff Balding   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Dave Mustaine   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Jed Hackett   Engineer
John Saylor   Engineer
Michael Davis   Sound Effects
Mike Learn   Cover Art
David Bryant   Engineer
David Bryant   Engineer

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The System Has Failed 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dave has made a believer out of me. With tempo changes and classic style songs like Kick the Chair, Blackmail the Universe and Truth be told. Plus, refreshing songs like Scorpion, tears in a vial and of mice and men. Dave Mustaine takes over heavy rock once again. Get this record. You'll be glad you did.
InsaneCrazedJuggalo More than 1 year ago
one very awesome studio album by one very amazing thrash metal band megadeth is the best of the best dave mustaine kicks ass megadeth will always remain #1 in my book
MushRoomHeadfan101 More than 1 year ago
megadeth is the best of the best enough said!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
megadeth are back and better than ever with great heavy songs like Blackmail The Universe, kick the chair, etc...
Guest More than 1 year ago
There's not one song on this album that I consider weak or lame. I never skip any of the songs when I play this CD. Unlike many artists or albums, this whole CD is full of classic songs, not just a few good ones with a lot of fodder. This is Megadeth at their best, which is to say it sounds fresh and modern.The lyrics are intelligent and meaningful, and the musicianship is top notch. Excellent album all around.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Thank god Dave hasn't lost sight of whats good while still improving (i.e. Metallica). I've had this album for two days and it has been the only thing I've listened to since. Great record, a must have.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a HUGE Megadeth & Metallica fan, When I heard about this Album I almost laughed. I thought Megadeth died. Man was I in for a surprise. This album rocks. EVERY SONG! And thou I really like Megadeth, I still really like Metallica. Yes I do understand that St. Anger was a dissapointment with no solos. But hopefully Metallica'll listen to this CD and realize that solo's still own.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is simply a great record. The best heavy record of the year. Period!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although this is my first Megadeth cd I am nothing but astounded. From the medevil guitar rifts to the unmatched double base pedalls this record will keep your adrenilyn pumping the whole way. To compare the system has failed to many of the other Metallica cd's is nothing but impossible. It simply blows Metallica away in every aspect. This is easily one of the best metal cd's ever and is a must have.
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