Megadeth – The system has failed (2019 reissue)


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On 30 January 2019
Last modified:29 January 2019


A great album reissue that's well worth picking up.

Thrash legends Megadeth are re-issuing two of their albums on 15th February 2019. Both “The world needs a hero” and “The system has failed” have been remastered by Ted Jensen (Guns N’Roses, Mastodon, Machine Head and Trivium) and will be available on vinyl, CD and digital formats – the first time in many years that these albums have been available on vinyl.

This reissue includes the twelve tracks from the original release plus two new live bonus tracks.

The album was originally released in 2004 after Dave Mustaine took some time off to recover from an arm injury. It was reportedly planned to be a solo album but was released under the Megadeth name to fulfill his contract with Sanctuary records. Following “The world needs a hero” which started the return to a thrash sound, “The system has failed” saw Megadeth more or less back to their thrash roots. Right from the start, “Blackmail the universe” lets you know this is Megadeth doing what they do best – playing thrash metal. It’s a far better album than “The world has failed” in my opinion, and outside the US at least, the fans seemed to agree as this album outperformed it’s predecessor around the world.

I do like this album – it’s heavier and more thrash oriented than the previous few albums and it’s back to being the Megadeth that fans love. Ok it’s not an album that would be regarded as one of the top 3 Megadeth albums, but it’s certainly top 10.

A great album that’s well worth picking up.

The system has failed (2019 reissue) will be released on 15th February 2019

Track listing

1. Blackmail The Universe
2. Die Dead Enough
3. Kick The Choir
4. The Scorpion
5. Tears In A Vial
6. I Know Jack
7. Back in The Day
8. Something That I’m Not
9. Truth Be Told
10. Of Mice and Men
11. Shadow of Deth
12. My Kingdom
13. Time / Use The Man (Live) (CD Bonus Track)
14. Conjuring (Live) (CD Bonus Track)

A great album reissue that's well worth picking up.

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