The System Has Failed Enhanced
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MP3 Music, September 14, 2004
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"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
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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.....Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of megadeth's best albums. Very good song selecton and very memorable.Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
Just got it today-8/28/2015!! I love it!! Awesome!! Fantastic!! Amazon is like a Xmas Wonderland!! I will be doing all of my shopping here!! Great music store!! Great!! Read morePublished 5 months ago by Thomas E Shelton
I needed this record to finish my catalog. Another GR8 record. THE DETH IS STILL WORKING LIKE A SONG. Congrats to the DETH 20 YEARZ.Published 11 months ago by Rusty METAL J
One of the better albums for me, although pretty much all are good. I have to come back to this album, after listening to the mediocre Super Collider Album. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Mike