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.