by: Peter Laursen, September '04
Style: Heavy Metal/Thrash
The System Has Failed
Megadeth is back!
I have always liked them a lot, so to me this is great news.
I don’t want to write a long boring story about Dave Mustaine and his
hand, you all know about it, I think!
Let’s get on to the music, shall we?
“The System Has Failed” is the title of their brand new album …and in my humble
opinion, it’s a very good album. Not a FANTASTIC album … but in fact a very good
It kicks off with “Blackmail The Universe”, with its old-school thrash riff and a good dose of anger through the song. A great
It sounds like MEGADETH!!! This track grows better and better for every time you listen to
Next up is “Die Dead Enough”, a little less heavy than the first track, but I like a lot. This track have a very memorable chorus and maybe they could have a small Heavy Metal-hit with this
Then we have another thrasher, “Kick The Chair”. It must be very hard to play that guitar riff and sing the song at the same time
… GREAT guitar work here!!! And the solo … no less than great! Great song
The next song “The Scorpion” sounds like a mixture of Megadeth and Alice Cooper. Reminds me of something from Risk. A great song with a nice riff and a catchy
“Tears In A Vial” is more average. An ok song …however it gets a little boring, maybe it’s just me
… but that’s how I feel about it.
“I Know Jack” is a very short track. About 40 seconds. Nice little
Next is “Back In The Day”. An uptempo track. Great drumming … great guitar work. Good
“Something I’m Not” is next. A good track, but again a track that’s gets a little boring after six to eight
Okay maybe that’s just me … I like the track, but it’s not my favourite on this
Then we have “Truth Be Told”. Again it reminds me a little bit of Risk. I get the felling that I’ve heard this track somewhere before. It’s starts like almost a ballad, then a few weird guitar
solos … then uptempo …
Ok track but not great!
“Of Mice And Men” contains a strange chorus, but I actually like it. Again Risk comes to my
But again I’m sure that I’ve heard this chorus before - Good song!
“Shadow Of Deth” - The first thing that comes to my mind is the pc-game “Return
To Castle Wolfenstein”.
The drumming and the riffs sounds like some of the music from this game. Then Morbid Angel comes to my mind. “Shadow
Of Deth” sounds similar to a track from their great “Domination" CD.
The last track on this release is “My Kingdom Come”. A good track but not
To me this is a better CD than “The Wrld Needs A Hero” - However my favourite Megadeth
albums is still
“Peace Sells, But Who’s Buying?” and “Countdown To Extinction”.
I’m very glad that Megadeth is back! And hopefully they’ll stay here for a long time.
So I will end this review, by saying:
-Welcome back, Dave Mustaine and Megadeth … I’ve missed you!