The System Has Failed

Release date
8 Aug 2013
Running length
12 tracks
Running time


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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Blackmail The Universe 4:07 74,008
2 Die Dead Enough 4:19 82,417
3 Kick the Chair 4:02 76,265
4 The Scorpion 6:00 75,598
5 Tears In a Vial 5:22 58,867
6 I Know Jack 0:40 63,083
7 Back In the Day 3:28 71,930
8 Something That I'm Not 4:45 39,472
9 Truth Be Told 5:40 54,230
10 Of Mice and Men 4:05 67,256
11 Shadow of Deth 2:15 51,840
12 My Kingdom 3:04 50,758

About this album

The System Has Failed is the tenth studio album released by American heavy metal band Megadeth, and the first album to be released following the band’s re-establishment in 2004 after its disbandment in 2002. It was released on September 14, 2004.

The “system” referred to in the album’s title is “the American system and western civilization” which in Mustaine’s opinion dictates what the world follows. Mustaine cites examples of such failure in America’s educational system, which underpays its teachers, and its court system, which allows criminals to escape punishment.

Production and marketing

Originally intended to be a solo album by its author Dave Mustaine, the record was re-branded with the Megadeth name as a result of contractual obligations owed to Mustaine’s record company EMI (Mustaine also admitted that, after listening to and playing the songs multiple times, he claimed “they were Megadeth songs, not solo songs”). In an effort to avoid the financial cost and interpersonal conflicts associated with re-assembling the band’s original line-up, Mustaine hired session musicians Vinnie Colaiuta (drums) and Jimmy Sloas (bass) to perform on the record. In a surprising move, Mustaine also hired former Megadeth guitarist Chris Poland to perform lead guitar on the album.
Mustaine co-produced the record with Jeff Balding, who had previously engineered Cryptic Writings and Risk.

Cover art

The cover art by Mike Learn features Vic Rattlehead at a podium in front of the United States Supreme Court building selling a not-guilty verdict to George W.

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  • tyrant666

    Fucking awesome album!!!

    22 Feb 4:57pm Reply
  • FIL1994

    great album

    22 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Pottstradamus

    amazing album

    2 Jun 2013 Reply
  • panda_polaco

    i love this album

    4 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Peace_Sells86

    Release date 4 Mar 2008 lol seriously whats with the retarded release dates on heaps of albums. None of them are accurate.

    24 Oct 2012 Reply
  • rOnieAirhead


    1 Sep 2012 Reply
  • Frank-Oliver

    Why is this fine album so hard to get ???

    25 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Peace_Sells86

    Under rated album. Love Truth Be Told, Something That I'm Not, The Scorpion and Kick The Chair. Of Mice and Men I hate though.

    29 Jul 2012 Reply
  • DeMarco7

    The Scorpion !!!!!!!!

    1 Jul 2012 Reply
  • lolcatiero

    Awesome album.

    29 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Megadieftw

    The snarliest since SFSGSW! easily. I always thought this just felt much more like that album. Something that I'm not especially has that mood. A really really cool album anyway. Out of the last four I think easily my favourite after Endgame.

    10 Jun 2012 Reply
  • iliveforthemusi

    What's with all this live s***? I go to a concert to hear live s***. Grrrrrrrr!

    9 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Mr_Perry

    Their best since "Countdown to Extinction". [3]

    5 May 2012 Reply
  • dmitry_litium

    Their best since "Countdown to Extinction". [2]

    29 Feb 2012 Reply
  • cyclonnl

    This album deserves more credit than it gets.

    26 Feb 2012 Reply
  • rok2slayr

    what a bunch of metal geeks. only megadeth album i've liked.

    25 Feb 2012 Reply
  • dxvolt

    The worst since 'The World needs a hero'

    23 Feb 2012 Reply
  • tiorev00r

    underrated as possible for this epic album. [2]

    22 Feb 2012 Reply
  • PabloFromPoland

    Their best since "Countdown to Extinction".

    30 Jan 2012 Reply
  • Infernal_Locust

    Every time I listened this album I was thinking "When it finally ends?". Megadeth has a lot of great albums which I love but TSHF has other sound whose I don't like.

    8 Dec 2011 Reply
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