The System Has Failed

Megadeth - The System Has Failed

The System Has Failed is the tenth studio album released by the American heavy metal band Megadeth. It was released on September 14, 2004, is the second and final Megadeth album released by Sanctuary Records and is the first studio release since the band's dissolution in 2002 and subsequent reformation two years later. The System Has Failed was the first of three Megadeth albums not to include original bassist and co-founder David Ellefson. The album has former Megadeth guitarist Chris Poland on lead guitar. However, Poland only provided lead guitar parts and solos on a contractual basis and did not rejoin the band. This is the first and only album to have Vinnie Colaiuta on drums and Jimmie Lee Sloas on bass.

Three singles were released from the album: "Die Dead Enough", "Of Mice and Men" and "The Scorpion", the latter being released as a single but not receiving a video.

Track listingEdit

  1. "Blackmail the Universe" - 4:33
  2. "Die Dead Enough" - 4:18
  3. "Kick the Chair" - 3:57
  4. "The Scorpion" - 5:59
  5. "Tears in a Vial" - 5:22
  6. "I Know Jack" - 0:40
  7. "Back in the Day" - 3:28
  8. "Something That I'm Not" - 5:07
  9. "Truth Be Told" - 5:40
  10. "Of Mice and Men" - 4:05
  11. "Shadow of Deth" (lyrics: Psalm 23, credited to David) - 2:15
  12. "My Kingdom" - 3:04

Personnel Edit

Studio session musicians
Bonus track "Strange Ways"
Additional performers
  • Tim Akers – keyboards
  • Darien Bennett – voice of the General on "Blackmail the Universe"
  • Eric Darken – percussion
  • Michael Davis – sound effects
  • Lance Dean – additional vocals
  • Scott Harrison – additional vocals
  • Charlie Judge – keyboards
  • Celeste Amber Montague – voice of the Reporter on "Blackmail the Universe"
  • Justis Mustaine – background spoken part
  • Ralph Patlan – voice of the Politician on "Blackmail the Universe", additional vocals
  • Chris Rodriguezbackground vocals
  • Robert Venable – additional vocals
  • Jonathan Yudkin – strings, banjo
  • Produced and recorded by Jeff Balding and Dave Mustaine
  • Mixed by Jeff Balding
  • Assisted by David Bryant, Ralph Patlan, Scott Kidd, Jesse Amend, Lance Dean, and Jed Hackett
  • Additional recording by David Bryant, Jed Hackett, and John Saylor
  • Mastered by Adam Ayan
  • Digital editing by Mark Hagen and Jed Hackett
  • Production coordination by Mike "Frog" Griffith
  • Cover art by Mike Learn, based on a concept by Dave Mustaine
  • Design by t42design

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