CDs: Megadeth – The System Has Failed
By Zane Ewton
Finally Dave Mustaine wants to take over
the world again. Mustaine’s injury and the subsequent end of Megadeth
in 2002 may have been a very good thing. The last few Megadeth albums
were bad. Now 2 years later and after remastering the entire catalogue,
Megadeth is back with The System Has Failed.
In the ever-growing fickle world of heavy
metal, is The System Has Failed going to matter? In a just
world, it will because this is a great album. Dave Mustaine is one
of the best heavy metal songwriters, despite the last few albums that were
disappointments. The songs on The System Has Failed are some
of Mustaine’s finest.
While some fans may be disappointed that
this is not Rust in Peace: Volume II, every kind of Megadeth fan
should be able to find redeeming qualities on this record.
Megadeth suffers from the same problems
Metallica has faced in transitioning from 80s thrash metal giants to early
90s crossover success and now find themselves rebuilding in the 00s.
The main difference here is that Megadeth has come back with an album that
is thoroughly listenable and enjoyable.
The current political climate agrees with
this band. Mustaine spews venom about corrupt politicians,
dishonesty, injustice and so forth. Unfortunately all of these ideals
are rather timeless, so expect these songs to be as pointed in 20 years
as they are now. Musically, the band sounds like a mixture of the
80s and 90s Megadeth, not quite the break neck speed of old but strong
metal nonetheless. Chris Poland returns to add solos all over the
disc. There are guitar solos coming from everywhere. There
are also keyboards in every song on this album but they are hard to notice.
So don't worry because the keyboards are understated mostly and fit the
songs so well you still know you're listening to Megadeth.
Standout tracks are “Blackmail the Universe”
despite the fake news sample, “Kick the Chair” which was one of the first
songs leaked and the first single “Die Dead Enough”. “Back in the
Day” finds Mustaine in a reflective mood, yearning for the days when metal
meant to “Live and die to play, everyday and place, leave a path of metal,
across the world from stage to stage.”
I have heard mixed thoughts about The
System has Failed. Anybody who does not like this record just
doesn’t like Megadeth. The System Has Failed ranks right up
there with Megadeth’s best recordings. The most important thing is
that Mustaine is angry again and is ready to do something about it.
Expect the next album to be even better.
– The System Has Failed
Blackmail The Universe
Die Dead Enough
Kick The Chair
Tears In A Vial
I Know Jack
Back In The Day
Something That I'm Not
Truth Be Told
Of Mice And Men
Shadow Of Death
My Kingdom Come
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