The system has failed? If that is true, then what are you going to do about it? Dave Mustaine decided to get a band together and put out a new heavy metal album.
MEGADETH seems to be intent on serving up a mix of leftist punk political commentary, overlaid with dark occultism and conspiratorial paranoia. Lyrically, as a comment on politics or government, it is absurdly silly.
However, the CD has several qualities that redeem it from the moronic lyrical content.
After Dave Mustaine was diagnosed in early 2002 with radial neuropathy (a surprisingly common 'occupational hazard' for guitarists) he was forced to disband MEGADETH after nearly 20 years of recordings & tours. At that time, few people seemed to care because Megadeth had long passed its prime.
Instrumentally, this is the strongest work since PEACE SELLS BUT WHO'S BUYING. Of course, everything Megadeth does is compared to that album (their high water mark), but this time out, the band has managed to re-achieve those heights.
The abysmal quality of metal releases in 2004 makes this album even more worthy of notice. This really blows away almost all of the 2004 competition. It's not a great album in any enduring or classic sense. But it is the kind of 'comeback' and attempt to return to glory that old warhorses like Metallica and Aerosmith seem completely incapable of producing these days.