The System Has Failed

Label
Sanctuary
Release date
8 Aug 2013
Running length
12 tracks
Running time
47:47

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Blackmail The Universe 4:07 75,320
2 Die Dead Enough 4:19 83,845
3 Kick the Chair 4:02 77,566
4 The Scorpion 6:00 77,647
5 Tears In a Vial 5:22 60,030
6 I Know Jack 0:40 64,157
7 Back In the Day 3:28 73,492
8 Something That I'm Not 4:45 40,604
9 Truth Be Told 5:40 55,284
10 Of Mice and Men 4:05 68,483
11 Shadow of Deth 2:15 55,970
12 My Kingdom 3:04 51,718

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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