System of a Down
Toxicity


3.0
good

Review

by Paul Moniuszko USER (7 Reviews)
July 10th, 2005 | 13 replies


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist


System of a Down- Toxicity

After releasing their Self-Titled album, System of a Down put out Toxicity in September of '01.

Brief Descibtion of the Band--

Serj Tankian- Vocals- Serj is a very intresting vocalist. He does have some talent, but really falls short in some areas. His "screams", if you want to call them that, sometimes fall flat on their face and his clean voice can be very medicore at times. However, despite the negatives I mentioned, he does do a good job with the style of music System of a Down plays, and provides a great amont of energy to each track.

Daron Malakian- Guitar/Vocals- Daron is an average guitarist, in terms of skill. His lead lines are very simple, stuff that I could play. However, he plays these leads with very high amounts of precision, and once again, the lines fit the music very well. His clean vocals are much better than Serj's, but still, aren't exceptional.

Shavo Odadjian- Bass- Shavo is rarely heard from in Toxicity, except for the occasional breakdown where he backs Daron's guitar line. Perhaps a mix of Toxicity with more bass presence would've made for a better album, but the mix used definitly cut out much of the bass.

John Dolmayan- The drums are easily the most impressive instrument in System of a Down's arsenal. John has very nice fills in most sections of the album. However, as for most of System of a Down's instruments, his fills all sound similar, and don't have much effect after a few listens.

Now, the album gets started off with a bang. Erm, a delayed bang. The bouncy breakdown that starts "Prison Song" is a good choice for an opener to Toxicity, but it suffers severely from excessive repeating. Unfortunitly, that is largest problem throughout Toxicity, the lack of originality. Most songs have a, A, good idea, but that idea is just repeated. Of course, there are exceptions, such as A.T.W.A. and Aerials. Ironically, Toxicity's slower songs, are much better than the "fast" and "heavier" songs. Tracks such as Forest, A.T.W.A., and Aerials are much more technically sound and smoother than songs such as "Chop Suey!", "Deer Dance", and "Prison Song".

Also, the songs only have a few topics. Either, A: The Armenian Genocide, B: Government Corruption, or C: Just sillyness. While A is a very serious subject, and should not be taken lightly, it is really overused on Toxicity. There were songs on their first album, such as P.L.U.C.K. that were very, very good tracks. They made their point well, and left you thinking. However, it just feels like recycled ideas here on Toxicity, and doesn't leave you with that same feeling. While System of a Down is known for their poltically inclined lyrics, they overuse them in my opinion. Pretty much for the same reasons as mentioned above, but, you only need one or two great tracks to get your message across. Not five or six average tracks to get the same message to your listeners. Now C. C can be good and bad. System of a Down is by no means the most serious band you'll find, annd tracks sound as Bounce really show that. I mean, it talks about a dude getting a bunch of chicas to line up for action. Thats funny, for a few listens. Then, it begins to get old, and then older, and then just flat out lame. The album just really suffers from lake of replay value.

Now, your probably thinking I dispise Toxicity, since I just mentioned all Toxicity's flaws. There are some good things. The energy is usually, very good throughout. Serj really delivers his vocals with passion and is really trying to prove a point, which you don't see too often in modern music today. The instruments aren't bad, they just aren't spectacular by any stretch of the imagination. If you're looking for an album to listen to to a few times, and then put it back on the shelf for a long period, you've come to the right place. If you're looking for an album with great replay value and great musicanship, look at their self-titled album, not Toxicity.

Recommended Tracks:
Forest
A.T.W.A.
Aerials

-rusty



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syous
July 10th 2005


5 Comments


atwa...

Animals
Trees
Water
Air.

it was an orginzation started in the 70s or something by charles manson believe it or not. something to that effect not 100% sureThis Message Edited On 07.10.05

Morg_rules_05
July 10th 2005


5 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I like this album But i agree there s/t album is a lot heavier

Rudd13
July 10th 2005


952 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I must disagree with you completely. This is the best SOAD album in my opinion, and it deserves all five stars. Theres not one track on this album that disapoints.

rustysurf84
July 10th 2005


327 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

it wouldve givin it a better reivew if persay...
highway song replace jet pilot
and
it was a little bit heavier, and the slow songs were similar in heavyness to songs like mind on s/t

Tenfootbrett
July 11th 2005


149 Comments


Jet Pilot is a trashy song.. Tapeworm blows as well... Toxicity has some bad songs on it if you ask me.. But I still listened to it for long, long periods of time, so it's deserving of what this reviewer gave it. 3.5 is about exactly how I feel. Mezmerize would get a 4 from me.

guitarplay911
July 17th 2005


6 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

this cd is by far my favorite! and i got it on sale for only $9.99! this is a work of art!

Priestmetal
July 18th 2005


542 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I dont see whats so amazing about these guys. They are cool I guess... but nothing mindblowing. Same with this album.

rustysurf84
July 18th 2005


327 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this album isnt as quote "mindblowing" as the first one...
if u look hard at the lyrics.. their so twisted and wierd and brilliant its awesome and the guitar work IMO is better



guitarplay911
July 22nd 2005


6 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

i agree that Jet Pilot and X are filler songs. i just wanna know why they put them in there. if they left those 2 songs out that would still leave them with 12 songs. i think it was a mistake on their part even adding them. but the rest of the album rocks.

Diabulus in musica
February 12th 2006


485 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

what??X is not a filler....in fact is one of the best songs in here, now jet pilot has filler written all over it, maybe along with shimmy and bounce

Brain Dead
May 13th 2006


1150 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Man, did you say Jet Pilot was about a horse flying a plane? It says wired were the eyes of a horse on a Jet Pilot, clearly implying the horse was looking at the Jet Pilot. Also, you forgot to rewiew ATWA, dude. And I don't know what's up with you saying Toxicity (the song) was slow, that's not right...

rustysurf84
October 30th 2006


327 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

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