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An album we never thought we'd see,
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This review is from: The System Has Failed (Audio CD)After Dave Mustaine effectively ended Megadeth with his injured arm a couple of years back, the prospect of any new Megadeth album, yet alone such a good one, seemed bleak. After getting an advance copy I can confidently say fans won't be disappointed. Original lead guitarist Chris Poland returns to provide his blinding and instantly familiar style, but aside from that no other old members play here with bassist Jimmie Sloas and drummer Vinnie Colaiuta providing the tigtht rhythm section (though I hear Nick Menza is returning as Megadeth's live drummer).
The style of 'The System has Failed' is Classic Megadeth, there is a marked return to the thrash style of old on many tracks. 'Kick the Chair' for instance could be straight off 'Rust in Peace', and 'Shadow of Deth' sports one of the heaviest riffs they have ever done. This is more than just a Rust in Peace clone however, its a very strong and unique album in its own right, and there are also a few touches of 'Countdown to Extinction' to be heard here also.
If you believed Megadeth were in decline after 'Countdown', and 'Youthansia' then this new offering may restore your faith in Dave Mustaine as a talented musician and songwriter. This is an essential purchase for all Megadeth fans of old, but also has enough strong material to attract new listeners.