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THIS IS NOT A RETURN TO FORM. THIS IS NOT A COMEBACK ALBUM. This is, simply, the finest, heaviest, most brutal & punishing Megadeth album Dave Mustaine has ever recorded. Having suffered a debilitating nerve injury in his hand two years ago, Megadeth's future was in serious limbo. Yet THE SYSTEM HAS FAILED returns Megadeth to the top of heavy metal's ruling class. This is Megadeth's crowning achievement. THE SYSTEM HAS FAILED begins with a kick to the aural senses with "Blackmail The Universe" & does not let up for the next 63 minutes. This is a heavy metal album in the purest sense: Guitar solos that defy technical logic, time signature changes that leave the mind reeling & melodic sensibilities that make this the MUST HAVE metal album of the year.


"...raking riffs recapture the spidery grandiosity and gothic melodrama...Mustaine's paranoid, apocalyptic sneer hasn't sounded this relevant in years." -- Blender

"This is Megadeth's most vengeful, poignant, and musically complex offering since 1992's 'Countdown to Extinction'...4 stars" -- Revolver

...best effort since Megadeth's 1990 speed-metal classic "Rust In Peace." -- Entertainment Weekly

Vintage Megadeth staple of cynical lyrics, chugging riffs and dueling guitar solos...also features rich vocal harmonies and string arrangements. -- Reuters

1. Blackmail The Universe
2. Die Dead Enough
3. Kick The Chair
4. The Scorpion
5. Tears In A Vial
6. I Know Jack
7. Back In The Day
8. Something That I'm Not
9. Truth Be Told
10. Of Mice And Men
11. Shadow Of Deth
12. My Kingdom

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 14, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Sanctuary Records
  • ASIN: B0002SPQ1I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (398 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,559 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The only good song on the album is "Kick the chair".
This is on par with Peace Sells, Rust in Peace, and Countdown to Extinction, and over time may prove to be Megadeth's best CD.
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387 of 419 people found the following review helpful By Jeremiah Tilley on September 14, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Man, if you gotta go....go out in style. This is a FANTASTIC album. I've read some reviews that were pretty negative and I've noticed a few things that seem consistant in them.

One, it's almost ALWAYS their first listen that they hate it. I'm a huge metal fan with over 1500 cds. I love all of the different genres of metal. Death, Nu, Classic, Progressive, but my favorite is definately Thrash. One thing I've learned with all of those bands and styles: You usually will not know what you think about ANYTHING on the first listen. I've listened to TSHF many times and love it. The first time I listened to it, I liked it, but not as much as TWNAH (I really can not understand why a lot of people don't like that album.) This is because they were all new songs. You can't sing along to a brand new song nor can you get emersed in the music of one. Why? Because you've never heard it before! Of course you're going to like something you can sing along to and know every single time-change better than something that you don't know where it's going. As I said in the St. Anger review....people just jump the gun too much with music. They are not fair to the bands, songs, nor themselves half the time because they listen to 30 seconds and decide if they like it or not. If you are reading this review looking for the true purpose of a review...to help you decide if you will like the product or not....then I urge you to give this, and all albums, a chance before you make an opinion on it.

Second, and lord is this a big one....everyone seems to compare everything to something else. I'm aware of it and still I do it. But, after a few listens, I try to ignore the past albums and let the new one stand on it's own legs. Don't say in your head "Well, this just isn't like.....
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71 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Siegler TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 23, 2004
Format: Audio CD
After the last few albums, I had decided that I wasn't buying Megadeth albums anymore. The last two studio albums really had turned me off of Megadeth. However, a new version of Megadeth is back. Dave Mustaine had posted song snippets from this new album in full on the Megadeth website. All of them sounded pretty promising so I decided to check out the new Megadeth.

That was a very good choice. This is by far the best Megadeth album since Rust in Peace, which is Megadeth's "White Album". The album is entirely solid, and doesn't seem to have anything "slow" like Moto Psycho was like on the last album. This is a good solid Megadeth album that envokes memories of the classics from the past (Rust in Peace, Countdown to Extinction) while having a good clean current sound, unlike some metal albums which sound too muddied.

Most definitely worth a pickup if you've ever liked Megadeth in the past.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Mr. E on September 22, 2004
Format: Audio CD
In 2002, Dave Mustaine disbanded Megadeth after suffering a nerve injury to his arm; at the time, he didn't know whether he would ever be able to play at full capacity again. Two years later, his arm has healed, and it's obvious from listening to the new album that he's found renewed passion for his craft.

Simply put, The System Has Failed is a great album. And if the rumors are true that this is the last Megadeth album, then what an album to go out with. It's definitely not Rust in Peace, so don't expect that -- Dave will never again write the kind of amazing riffs and crazy arrangements that permeated that album. But there's plenty of meat here, and it's signature Megadeth: tight, compact rhythms, awesome solos, and some melody interspersed here and there to make this a very eclectic, balanced and diverse album. Some songs sound like they could have been on Youthanasia or Cryptic Writings; some sound like they could have been on So Far So Good So What, or maybe Peace Sells. There's a little something for everyone here.

Here's a song by song breakdown:

1) Blackmail the Universe - 10/10. Fantastic song with some progressive influences. It took a while to grow on me, but that's only because it doesn't follow the typical verse/chorus/verse/chorus format in most rock. The arrangement is interesting, the musicianship is tight, and this is old-school Megadeth all the way -- heavy as hell, and Dave and lead player Chris Poland shred on this one.

2) Die Dead Enough - 8/10. This is the "radio song." The music isn't as complex or interesting as most on the album, but the melodies are catchy. You'll find yourself singing this one to yourself.

3) Kick the Chair - 10/10. Another old-school song; this one just shreds.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Sinister on September 21, 2004
Format: Audio CD
In the absence of guilt, I can say that this is the album that Metallica has been trying to make for the past 10 years--(Lars, can you hear that, that's how drums are supposed to sound on a metal album!!Stop letting Bob "Yoko Ono" Rock feed you stupid pills, your drums sound like sh*t on St. Butt-munch). The System Has Failed is a ferocious, head-slamming comeback from Dave Mustaine. That he calls this Megadeth might be a point to argue for true die-hards, since it's pretty much Dave at the controls, but what's changed there? Dave has always been the man in charge where Megadeth is concerned. SYSTEM is hard, it's honest, and it is extremely metal. There is a believability here that we can count on. Standouts inclue "Die Dead Enough", "Kick The Chair", "Of Mice And Men" & "Truth Be Told." This is an adult metal album, not the juvenile puree of say St. Anger. Dave is pissed off and he's always been pissed off and he'll probably stay pissed off, end of story. Its relevant, poignant, and realistic. A wee bit heavy on the political side, but what the hell. Gotta bitch about the system, right? I look forward to seeing them on tour.
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