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Review: Megadeth - The System Has Failed
The System Has Failed

Label: Sanctuary Records Group
Year released: 2004
Duration: 48:31
Tracks: 12
Genre: Thrash Metal

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: July 19, 2004
Reviewed by: 4th Horseman
Readers Rating
The System Has Failed

Rated 3.82/5 (76.33%) (49 Votes)

'Hell's open for business now!' Megadeth is back!

BANG! Just when you think Mustaine has lost all his wind, he strikes back with a hurricane! "The System Has Failed" is full-length number 10 for these guys and is easily the best Megadeth to come out since "Rust In Peace." What a way to return to the greatness that Megadeth is known for. People say Megadeth are a highly overrated band. Well my friends…there is a reason for everything, and this album is living proof of that. Overrated band? Shit…it would be a crime if they are not rated so high!

Just like Dave had stated earlier in the year, this album really is a 360 degree turn around and back to what Megadeth stands for. Pessimistic, politically inclined, screw the world attitude lyrics, dirty riffs, lethal grooves and Mustaine's trademark solos. Track after track, Megadeth fail to disappoint. We all heard and enjoyed the track "Kick The Chair" earlier when it was posted at the Megadeth website…but that song is simply just another track when compared to the big guns of this album. "Blackmail The Universe" starts it off which takes us straight back to the glory years of Megadeth – "Countdown To Extinction" era. Air Force One is shot down and the president is missing…the madness begins. With the exception of the last song, every single track on here will pull in every last Megadeth fan who gave up on the band. Oh and those of you retards who were never cool enough to join the ranks of Megadeth fans…don't bother, this ain't for you ;)

Virtually all songs on "The System.." are more groove oriented than anything else. Best tracks include "Tears In A Vial", "The Scorpion", "Blackmail The Universe", "Die Dead Enough" and "Truth Be Told." Two things it lacks however, are the catchy riffs as heard on "TWNAH" and the speed that they demonstrated on their earlier albums. In any case, these are just insignificant nitpicks for the sake of it…when you get right down to it, this album simply slays, the choruses rule and the solos fucking kill! "The World Needs A Hero" (2001) was a good sign. But it never foretold the sheer greatness that would follow it. Hovering everywhere between "Countdown To Extinction", "Rust In Peace" through to "Youthanasia", if you liked Megadeth in the past, believe me…. "The System Has Failed"­ is the album for you ladies and gentlemen…If Megadeth are finished after this, then what better way to carve their name in history.

The Verdict:

Gather the shotguns….lock up your windows…The System Has Failed…Megadeth is back!

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