Megadeth includes: Dave Mustaine (vocals, guitar); Chris Poland (guitar); Jimmie Lee Sloas (bass); Vinnie Colaiuta (drums).
Megadeth: Chris Poland, Dave Mustaine, Michael Davis , Jimmie Lee Sloas, Vinnie Colaiuta.
Personnel: Dave Mustaine (vocals, guitar); Lance Dean, Robert Venable, Scott Harrison, Ralph Patlan (vocals); Justis Mustaine (spoken vocals); Chris Poland (guitar); Jonathan Yudkin (banjo, strings); Tim Akers, Charles Judge (keyboards); Jimmie Lee Sloas (bass guitar); Vinnie Colaiuta (drums); Eric Darken (percussion); Michael Davis (sound effects); Chris Rodriguez (background vocals).
Additional personnel: Jonathan Yudkin (keyboards); Chris Rodriguez, Eric Darken, Tim Akers.
For 2004's THE SYSTEM HAS FAILED, vocalist/guitarist Dave Mustaine reunites Megadeth -- original guitarist Chris Poland along with new members bassist Jimmie Lee Sloas and drummer Vinnie Colaiuta -- for the band's first new studio album in three years. Frontman/songwriter Mustaine has a lot on his mind, as he ruminates on many of the political and social ills troubling the world, and his words are delivered over grooves and riffs reminiscent of mid-period Megadeth (circa COUNTDOWN TO EXTINCTION). The overall sound is fresh and energetic, and Mustaine conjures memorable licks, particularly when he trades blazing solos with Poland, as on "Die Dead Enough" and the fierce old-school thrash of "Back in the Day." Mustaine also spices SYSTEM with a number of extra sonic flourishes -- including strings, banjo and keyboards -- making it an unusually intriguing metal record.
Entertainment Weekly (p.79) - "Mustaine wisely takes it back to the '80s, teaming up with original axman Chris Poland. That means dual guitar solos....Righteous!" - Grade: B
CMJ (p.22) - "THE SYSTEM HAS FAILED is vintage Megadeth, with smart lyrics coughed up in his trademark gruffness."