Megadeth - The System Has Failed
12 September 2004

01. Blackmail The Universe
02. Die Dead Enough
03. Kick The Chair
04. The Scorpion
05. Tears In A Vial
06. I Know Jack
07. Back In The Day
08. Something That I'm Not
09. Truth Be Told
10. Of Mice And Men
11. Shadow Of Deth
12. My Kingdom

Ahh Megadeth... This wonderful band used to be my favourite band with Metallica until they released Risk and lost my interest. I then did not even give The World Needs A Hero a chance, it wasn't really worth it anyway, although better than crappy Risk. I didn't expect anything from the 'album of the great return', The System Has Failed. I had heard the song 'Kick The Chair', which was interesting, with good thrash riffing despite the lack of aggressiveness in the vocals. But they had sort of lost the flame in my opinion. Now I've listened to the whole album like thirty times, and I've reached a conclusion: oh damn, I'm sorry, I was wrong, I won't criticize a band blindly ever again... This album is brilliant.

Ok, it's still not Rust In Peace material, it's more in the vein of Youthanasia and Cryptic Writings, and there are undoubtedly some flaws. The vocals, as I said before, lack a bit in aggressiveness, except on 'Blackmail The Universe' and 'Truth Be Told' on which I recognize Dave's filthy voice. Some songs are just Risk-like, hence boring and below average ('Of Mice And Men').But for the rest, it's a really good album that makes me gain interest in Megadeth again. Something to add, the good guitar playing of Chris Poland (yes, the guy that used to play in 'Deth before Rust In Peace) and the return of Nick Menza behind the drums (it's not something you notice, but it's still pleasant to see the 'Great Ancients' back).

The System Has Failed starts off with 'Blackmail The Universe', with its old-school thrash riff and a good dose of anger through the song. 'Die Dead Enough' is more melodic, in the vein of 'Angry Again' (Last Action Hero OST), with an extremely catchy chorus that makes it one of the best songs here. 'Kick The Chair' is a thrash anthem that brought me back to the period of Countdown To Extinction, although I said before the vocals are not aggressive enough. 'The Scorpion' is the strangest song, almost commercial, could have been released on Risk, but the chorus is so great and catchy that it's finally probably my favourite song. It's not over yet, there is a lot of good tracks on The System Has Failed. 'Back in The Day' is reminiscent of 'Holy Wars' (Rust In Peace) in the vocal line, it's the track that is going to reconcile Mustaine with his old fans. This one is the greatest thrash song he's written since Countdown To Extinction. 'Truth Be Told' is in the vein of Youthanasia, with the same kind of heavy/melodic but accessible tunes. Great one again. The rest is more average, but it's still above the level of Risk and The World...

MEGADETH IS BACK MY FRIENDS, and hopefully they'll stay here for a long time. With songs of the quality of 'Back In The Day' and co, no doubt we'll hear from them again. Meanwhile, you all really should give The System Has Failed a chance. I bet you will be pleasantly surprised.

Highlights: Back In The Day, The Scorpion, Blackmail The Universe, Die Dead Enough, Kick The Chair, Truth Be Told

Band profile: Megadeth
Album: The System Has Failed


written by Deadsoulman | 06.09.2004


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Christos - 30.05.2006 at 00:27  
Actually, it was Vinnie Colaiuta who played drums on this album. Dave Mustaine orginally planned to release this as a solo album, but hired session musicians and rebranded it a Megadeth album due to contractual constraints.
Doc Godin - 30.05.2006 at 04:01  
Pretty good review, but its hard for me to make a objective viewing due to the fact that i seem like the only person on this planet that loved 'risk'
Carnage - 04.06.2006 at 21:41  
well it was an ok come back, but still not another Rust in peace
Dangerboner - 04.06.2006 at 22:06  
Megadeth is one of my favorite bands, but this album just disgusts me. The lyrics are lame and the songs don't progress like they used to.
nick35 - 30.06.2006 at 02:18  
megadeth is one of my favorite bands and this was the first megadeth album i got. i love it but doesnt even come close to the old megadeth from the peace sells dayz
Valentin B - 10.08.2006 at 21:47  
quite a good album,the songs are better stand-alone,but they are really enjoyable
ThrashMetal_Rulz - 09.04.2007 at 03:14  
Better then the last two albums they made .
Desecrator - 06.09.2007 at 08:28  
I honestly can't see a problem with 'The World Needs A Hero', I think it's one of their best.
Demonmayonnaise - 28.03.2008 at 04:19  
I like this album, I think its a good return from risk. Its no Peace Sells, but its pretty damn good.
Xeros612 - 24.04.2009 at 20:29  
Definitely a great comeback album. I personally give it an 8.
fabregassed - 23.05.2011 at 14:09  
Very average album. The first half is promising, with Kick the Chair being the main highlight, but most of the remaining material is filler at best, especially Shadow of Deth.
Bad English - 01.03.2015 at 00:19  
I agree whit you Colin 1th part ---- I lost interest as well after Risk
one day I saw video Die Death Enough, I switch of channel was pissed, then I heard it on random metal video, who are those , sounds like Dave, then it was awesome song I was surprised, I still believe this album is good and all after is in veil of classics as much band can do it

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