Megadeth ‎– The System Has Failed

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1 Blackmail The Universe
Guitar [Solo 1] – Poland*Guitar [Solo 2] – Poland*Guitar [Solo 3] – Mustaine*Guitar [Solo 4] – Mustaine*Musician [Additional Musicians], Backing Vocals [Background Vocals] – Chris RodriguezMusician [Additional Musicians], Effects [Sound Effects] – Michael Davis (3)Musician [Additional Musicians], Keyboards – Tim AkersMusician [Additional Musicians], Percussion – Eric DarkenMusician [Additional Musicians], Voice [Additional Voices - The General] – Darien BennettMusician [Additional Musicians], Voice [Additional Voices - The Politician] – Ralph PatlanMusician [Additional Musicians], Voice [Additional Voices - The Reporter] – Celeste Amber MontagueMusician [Musicians], Bass Guitar – Jimmie Lee SloasMusician [Musicians], Drums – Vinnie ColaiutaMusician [Musicians], Lead Guitar – Chris PolandMusician [Musicians], Lead Vocals, Lead Guitar, Rhythm Guitar – Dave Mustaine
4:33
2 Die Dead Enough
Guitar [Solo 1] – Poland*Guitar [Solo 2] – Poland*Guitar [Solo 3] – Mustaine*Guitar [Solo 4] – Poland*Guitar [Solo 5 -- End >> Solo Fills] – Poland*Musician [Additional Musicians], Backing Vocals [Background Vocals] – Chris RodriguezMusician [Additional Musicians], Keyboards – Charlie Judge*Musician [Additional Musicians], Percussion – Eric DarkenMusician [Additional Musicians], Vocals [Additional Vocals] – Lance Dean, Ralph Patlan, Robert VenableMusician [Musicians], Bass Guitar – Jimmie Lee SloasMusician [Musicians], Drums – Vinnie ColaiutaMusician [Musicians], Lead Guitar – Chris PolandMusician [Musicians], Lead Vocals, Lead Guitar, Rhythm Guitar – Dave Mustaine
4:18
3 Kick The Chair
Guitar [Solo @ 2:21] – Mustaine*Guitar [Solo @ 2:51] – Mustaine*Guitar [Solo @ 3:04] – Mustaine*Guitar [Solo @ 3:20] – Poland*Musician [Musicians], Backing Vocals [Background Vocals] – Chris RodriguezMusician [Musicians], Bass Guitar – Jimmie Lee SloasMusician [Musicians], Drums – Vinnie ColaiutaMusician [Musicians], Lead Guitar – Chris PolandMusician [Musicians], Lead Vocals, Lead Guitar, Rhythm Guitar – Dave Mustaine
3:57
4 The Scorpion
Guitar [Solo 1] – Mustaine*Guitar [Solo 2] – Mustaine*Guitar [Solo 3] – Mustaine*Musician [Additional Musicians], Backing Vocals [Background Vocals] – Chris RodriguezMusician [Additional Musicians], Effects [Sound Effects] – Michael Davis (3)Musician [Additional Musicians], Keyboards – Charlie Judge*Musician [Additional Musicians], Strings – Jonathan YudkinMusician [Musicians], Bass Guitar – Jimmie Lee SloasMusician [Musicians], Drums – Vinnie ColaiutaMusician [Musicians], Lead Guitar – Chris PolandMusician [Musicians], Lead Vocals, Lead Guitar, Rhythm Guitar – Dave Mustaine
5:59
5 Tears In A Vial
Guitar [Solo 1] – Mustaine*Guitar [Solo 2] – Mustaine*Guitar [Solo 3] – Poland*Guitar [Solo 4] – Mustaine*Musician [Additional Musicians], Backing Vocals [Background Vocals] – Chris RodriguezMusician [Additional Musicians], Keyboards – Charlie Judge*Musician [Additional Musicians], Percussion – Eric DarkenMusician [Additional Musicians], Strings – Jonathan YudkinMusician [Musicians], Bass Guitar – Jimmie Lee SloasMusician [Musicians], Drums – Vinnie ColaiutaMusician [Musicians], Lead Guitar – Chris PolandMusician [Musicians], Lead Vocals, Lead Guitar, Rhythm Guitar – Dave Mustaine
5:21
6 I Know Jack
Guitar [Solo] – Mustaine*Musician [Musicians], Bass Guitar – Jimmie Lee SloasMusician [Musicians], Drums – Vinnie ColaiutaMusician [Musicians], Lead Guitar, Rhythm Guitar – Dave Mustaine
0:40
7 Back In The Day
Guitar [Solo 1] – Poland*Guitar [Solo 2] – Poland*Guitar [Solo 3] – Mustaine*Guitar [Solo 4] – Poland*Guitar [Solo 5] – Mustaine*Guitar [Solo 6] – Mustaine*Guitar [Solo 7] – Mustaine*Guitar [Solo 8] – Mustaine*Musician [Additional Musicians], Backing Vocals [Background Vocals] – Chris RodriguezMusician [Additional Musicians], Keyboards – Tim AkersMusician [Additional Musicians], Percussion – Eric DarkenMusician [Additional Musicians], Vocals [Additional Vocals] – Lance Dean, Ralph Patlan, Robert Venable, Scott HarrisonMusician [Musicians], Bass Guitar – Jimmie Lee SloasMusician [Musicians], Drums – Vinnie ColaiutaMusician [Musicians], Lead Guitar – Chris PolandMusician [Musicians], Lead Vocals, Lead Guitar, Rhythm Guitar – Dave Mustaine
3:27
8 Something That I'm Not
Guitar [Solo 1] – Mustaine*Guitar [Solo 2] – Mustaine*Guitar [Solo 3] – Mustaine*Guitar [Solo 4] – Mustaine*Guitar [Solo 5] – Mustaine*Musician [Additional Musicians], Backing Vocals [Background Vocals] – Chris RodriguezMusician [Additional Musicians], Banjo – Jonathan YudkinMusician [Additional Musicians], Keyboards – Tim AkersMusician [Additional Musicians], Voice [Background Spoken Part] – Justis MustaineMusician [Musicians], Bass Guitar – Jimmie Lee SloasMusician [Musicians], Drums – Vinnie ColaiutaMusician [Musicians], Lead Guitar – Chris PolandMusician [Musicians], Lead Vocals, Lead Guitar, Rhythm Guitar – Dave Mustaine
5:07
9 Truth Be Told
Guitar [Solo 1] – Mustaine*Guitar [Solo 2] – Mustaine*Guitar [Solo 3] – Mustaine*Guitar [Solo 4] – Mustaine*Guitar [Solo 5] – Mustaine*Guitar [Solo 6] – Mustaine*Musician [Additional Musicians], Backing Vocals [Background Vocals] – Chris RodriguezMusician [Additional Musicians], Keyboards – Tim AkersMusician [Additional Musicians], Percussion – Eric DarkenMusician [Additional Musicians], Strings – Jonathan YudkinMusician [Additional Musicians], Vocals [Additional Vocals] – Bo Caldwell, Lance Dean, Ralph Patlan, Scott HarrisonMusician [Musicians], Bass Guitar – Jimmie Lee SloasMusician [Musicians], Drums – Vinnie ColaiutaMusician [Musicians], Lead Guitar – Chris PolandMusician [Musicians], Lead Vocals, Lead Guitar, Rhythm Guitar – Dave Mustaine
5:40
10 Of Mice And Men
Guitar [Solo 1] – Poland*Guitar [Solo 2 -- Fills] – Poland*Guitar [Solo 3] – Poland*Guitar [Solo 4 -- Fills] – Poland*Guitar [Solo 5] – Mustaine*Guitar [Solo 6 -- Fills] – Poland*Musician [Additional Musicians], Backing Vocals [Background Vocals] – Chris RodriguezMusician [Additional Musicians], Keyboards – Tim AkersMusician [Additional Musicians], Percussion – Eric DarkenMusician [Musicians], Bass Guitar – Jimmie Lee SloasMusician [Musicians], Drums – Vinnie ColaiutaMusician [Musicians], Lead Guitar – Chris PolandMusician [Musicians], Lead Vocals, Lead Guitar, Rhythm Guitar – Dave Mustaine
4:04
11 Shadow Of Deth
Guitar [Solo] – Mustaine*Lyrics By – David*Music By – Dave MustaineMusician [Additional Musicians], Effects [Sound Effects] – Michael Davis (3)Musician [Additional Musicians], Keyboards – Tim AkersMusician [Musicians], Bass Guitar – Jimmie Lee SloasMusician [Musicians], Drums – Vinnie ColaiutaMusician [Musicians], Lead Guitar – Chris PolandMusician [Musicians], Lead Vocals, Lead Guitar, Rhythm Guitar – Dave Mustaine
2:15
12 My Kingdom
Guitar [Solo] – Poland*Musician [Additional Musicians], Backing Vocals [Background Vocals] – Chris RodriguezMusician [Additional Musicians], Keyboards – Tim AkersMusician [Musicians], Bass Guitar – Jimmie Lee SloasMusician [Musicians], Drums – Vinnie ColaiutaMusician [Musicians], Lead Guitar – Chris PolandMusician [Musicians], Lead Vocals, Lead Guitar, Rhythm Guitar – Dave Mustaine
3:03

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Mixed at Phase Four Studios, Tempe, AZ
Recorded at Oceanway and Emerald Entertainment, Nashville, Tenn., and additional recording at Phase Four Studios, Tempe, AZ
Mixed at Emerals Entertainment, Nashville, TN
Mastered at Gateway Mastering & DVD, Portland, Maine

© & ℗ 2004 Sanctuary Records Group Inc.
Made in the USA

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  • Barcode: 0 60768 47082 8
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1): DIDX-245357
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI L327
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI 7263
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2): DIDX-245357 1 A01
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI L327
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI 50EE

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martindavey87

martindavey87

October 13, 2018

2004 saw the metal community rejoice, as thrash metal pioneers and all-round icons of the genre, Megadeth, returned from a forced retirement two years prior.

However, this wasn’t the Megadeth of old. With the band splitting up in 2002 due to an injury suffered by leader, vocalist and guitarist Dave Mustaine, the following two years in which Mustaine healed up would see himself and long-standing bassist David Ellefson fall out over legal disputes. As a result, while Mustaine was ready to return to the music world, with no band line-up in sight, he set out to record a solo album, which very quickly became another Megadeth project when it became apparent that his own name-value was nowhere near that of his bands.

While ‘The System Has Failed’ is a Megadeth album, it is essentially a Dave Mustaine solo release, with a load of session musicians. Albeit, one of which was returning guitarist Chris Poland, who had appeared on the bands first two releases back in the early 80’s.The two-year hiatus did Mustaine a lot of good though, as this is a return to form after a rather strenuous start to the new century. 1999’s ‘Risk’ saw them go pop rock to critical disdain (I love that album, for the record), and 2001’s ‘The World Needs a Hero’ was a rather stoic, rigid affair, that felt like the band weren’t really making too much effort at all.

But with ‘The System Has Failed’, Megadeth are truly back to their thrash metal roots with heavy, intense and driving guitar riffs, angry, spite-filled lyrics that lash out at politicians and war, and Mustaine’s vocals being more ferocious and venomous than ever. The production gives the songs a thick sound, with a thumping bass line and solid drumming, and the technical prowess of the musicians, along with the melodic approach to the songwriting, gives the album a fresh sound, not heard since 1990’s ‘Rust in Peace’.

Overall, while there are one or two filler tracks, this is a solid album, with songs like ‘Kick the Chair’, ‘Blackmail the Universe’, ‘Die Dead Enough’, ‘Back in the Day’, ‘The Scorpion’ and ‘Of Mice and Men’ showing that Megadeth are back with a vengeance, and more than ready to reclaim their spot as one of metals most beloved bands, and although this won’t ever be considered their best album, it’s a welcome return to form.
BlastedTower

BlastedTower

August 21, 2017
edited about 1 year ago
Excellent and overlooked mid-2000s album from Megadeth. While The World Needs A Hero had a handful of great tracks and is an overlooked album itself, The System Has Failed is entirely listenable from beginning to end, and while not every track is a true killer, I never have the desire to skip tracks as boring filler. I truly do not understand the praise for an album like Endgame while The System Has Failed is barely referenced with the credit it deserves.
rose1978

rose1978

March 5, 2016
edited over 2 years ago
Megadeth fans are waiting like hungry for a vinyl reissue of "CRYPTIC WRITINGS" but "THE SHIT HAS FAILED" is coming again on orange color...what a pity!