System of a Down
Lonely Day


3.5
great

Review

by William Hughes USER (17 Reviews)
May 18th, 2008 | 36 replies | 31,791 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Lonely Day is bad, but this EP holds some content System fans shouldn't be without.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

Lonely Day EP
System of a Down was the first rock band I ever bought an album from. That album, Toxicity, was only the second album I listened to all the way through, and not just to the singles (The Marshall Mathers LP being the first). Why am I hitting you with all this seemingly pointless knowledge you might ask? Well the answer is because I am a pretty big SOAD fan, one that would actually buy an EP named after the band’s worst song. That EP was titled Lonely Day EP.

Now, the obvious response to this release would be, “Oh, it’s a B-Sides EP just for money!” Though I cannot comment on the intentions of the release, it does prove to be actually worth your time if you are a SOAD fan. “Shame,” “Snowblind,” and “Metro” are covers of a Wu-Tang Clan, Black Sabbath, and Berlin song respectively. “Shame” actually features some members of the Wu-Tang Clan and contains typical System insanity with Serj rapping and a few extremely catchy riffs. In “Snowblind,” SOAD makes a decent Black Sabbath song into a fantastic song by speeding up the tempo of the verses and slowing down the bridge, bringing a beauty to it that was never previously there. Then changing speeds again back to the heavy chorus. “Metro” is another classic System-twanged cover with another catchy slow verse that gives way to a hectic chorus then right back to the melodic verse. All three covers display all the things System of a Down fans have come to love about the band.

“Marmalade” is not only the best song on the EP, but one of System of a Down’s best songs period. The wacky verse structure and riff, intensity-raising chorus, solid drumming, and sweet little solo by Daron, makes a case for this song belonging in the annals of SOAD. On the other end of the spectrum is “Lonely Day.” Though solid enough musically, lyrically and vocally this song is pure rubbish. The lyrics are downright stupid and Daron is at his vocally most annoyingest. There is another nice solo here, but it’s not worth the brain bludgeoning that is the rest of the song.

So should you buy this EP? No. Will this change your opinion about System of a Down? No. What it does do, however, is contain some pretty solid songs performed by SOAD that are rare. It has the wackiness of Serj’s vocals, catchiness of Daron’s riffs, solidness of Dolmayan’s drums, and nothingness of Shavo’s bass that System fans adore. So if you are not a fan don’t get this. If you are a fan and have a hunger for just a little more System, this might just satiate you. It’s at least worth a listen.



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buckthetide412
August 9th 2008



35 Comments


So, I'm the only one that likes Lonely Day?

SHOOTME
August 9th 2008



2393 Comments


ya pretty much.

UnderFlames
August 9th 2008



268 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The Snowblind cover rules.

Poet
August 10th 2008



5910 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Shame and Metro are awesome.

IAmInsect
August 10th 2008



3800 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

every song except lonely day rules

Hawks
August 10th 2008



33363 Comments


Lonely Day is probably the worst SOAD song ever.

UnderFlames
August 10th 2008



268 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's not even grammatically correct. "The most loneliest day of my life" doesn't make sense.

Hawks
August 10th 2008



33363 Comments


Yeah the whole thing is just a piece of garbage. Pretty much all of Hypnotize is garbage.

willfellmarsy
August 13th 2008



3844 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Na hypnotize is good it just has the worst soad songs so it's seen as all bad...it really is strong...This Message Edited On 12.21.08

InsertTacosHere
August 13th 2008



153 Comments


They should have just opted to make a living by playing Sabbath covers. It's the best thing in their entire catalog.

mario lethal
September 3rd 2008



17 Comments


daron's voice is annoying... i can't stand

mario lethal
September 3rd 2008



17 Comments


great guitarrist, but he isn't a good singer

SlaveLabor
December 17th 2008



453 Comments


Shame Marmalade Metro and Snowblind all fucking rule..but i had them wayyyyy back before this CD. Lonely Day sucks btw

Bobek9
October 27th 2009



24 Comments


huh, i like almost everything from all soad albums, and definitely lonely day! I don't know whats the problem there (maybe because i'm not native English speaker) I enjoy the lyrics(!), they really suits me at times when i feel bored/depressed/lonely and i love Daron voice there (yes it can be at some very few seconds annoying but it overall great - as usually) and its combination with Serj voice is good. So, to me Lonely day is different in style than most of soads songs but it is nevertheless great!

anyway, i haven't listen to this album and most of this songs, so i cant rate it (yet), but reading what you all said it could be really high rate(since most of you are just disappointed in Lonely Day which i like)

focksy
May 2nd 2010



437 Comments


what slavelabor said

LiNaK37
May 30th 2011



20 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I actually like Lonely Day, but then again, I don't really care about lyrics so that could be why.

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
May 30th 2011



16126 Comments


They should have just opted to make a living by playing Sabbath covers. It's the best thing in their entire catalog.


Haha, not even close. It's not even a very good cover. The original rapes it in the ass.

demigod!
May 30th 2011



40970 Comments


Lonely Day is such a bad song, though. Even if you excuse the shitty lyrics, the music is just repetetive, generic and annoying. i had this one kid in my comm tech class a couple years ago (when hte song first came out) and he'd play it every fucking day over and OVER. eventually we told him to just stop so we blasted amon amarth and iron maiden after m/

BigPleb
May 14th 2013



28486 Comments


Snowblind cover rules m/

Gwyn.
May 14th 2013



13988 Comments


last three songs are actually pre sweet



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