System of a Down
Toxicity


4.0
excellent

Review

by YDload USER (16 Reviews)
January 14th, 2005 | 117 replies | 15,909 views


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist


System Of A Down- Toxicity


System of a Down was formed in 1995. They are of Armenian descent. This is their second album. Some consider it their best, but it is definitely their most popular to date. They are also probably my favorite band, a unique stand-out among their nu-metal kin. Here are the members of the band:

Serj Tankian- Vocals This guy is an amazing singer, and his voice is very unique. I heard that he took after this guy named Mike Patton, but you can't fault him for doing very well at it. Highlights include Deer Dance, ATWA, Aerials, and probably a few more too.

Daron Malakian- Guitar/Vocals Daron is not as good of a guitarist as I once thought before I became a better musician, but he's still really good. And boy are his riffs unique. Another unique thing is his singing voice, which is really hard to describe. His highlights include Deer Dance, ATWA, and Psycho, which all feature neat solos. His vocal highlights include backing vocals on Needles, Chop Suey, ATWA, and Aerials.

Shavo Odadjian- Bass Now that I am a bassist, I can honestly tell you that there is nothing special about Shavo's playing. However, he still manages to make himself heard, which is good enough. Highlights include Prison Song, Forest, and Aerials, although they're not that great.

John Dolmayan- Drums This guy is a great drummer. A bit of jazz influences, and some neat mini-drums are utilized a lot. His highlights are on almost every song, but special props to his work on Forest, Toxicity, and Aerials.

The songs:

1.Prison Song (3:21): This used to be my favorite song on the album, but I still like it a lot today. Very politically-charged, like many of their songs, with some weird almost-spoken verses and a weird shout-out by Daron ("I buy my crack I smack my b*itch right here in Hollywood!"). 4/5

2. Needles (3:13): This is probably my favorite song by now. The two main riffs alternate between fast-drumming thrash and slower-drumming, faster-riffing death metal. The lyrics are obtuse as usual, with a great duet in the bridge. All in all, an insane song that definitely pumps one up. 5/5

3. Deer Dance (2:54): A rather specific political song, about Indians protesting at a globalization meeting. There's a nice semi-solo in the bridge and as always, some great singing. 4/5

4. Jet Pilot (2:06): This is what a repetitive song sounds like. I like the little Arabian guitar riff at the end of every verse/chorus/ I don't know which is which. I think it's the chorus, but you'll be hard-pressed to find anything out about this one. 2.5/5

5. X (1:58): All right, this is the low point of the album. I usually skip this one, mostly because of the next song. It's about the Armenian genocide, which they already sung about better in P.L.U.C.K. from the first album. Next! 2/5

6. Chop Suey (3:30): This is probably SOAD's most famous song, and believe it or not, it's still a good one! Even though both verses are the same (they do that a lot), the dynamics are great, and the duet at the end with both voices is awesome. If you haven't heard this one before, hear it! 5/5

7. Bounce (1:54): This one blasts into your headphones/speakers after the quiet fading of Chop Suey, and it's not really that good. Just another one of the wacky tracks that they like to do, so take it for what it's worth. A weird, distorted bridge too, but kind of... bouncy. 2.5/5

8. Forest (4:00): This is a great song, with some nice riffs and that little bongo/mini-drum thing I told you about before. It's actually kind of repetitive, but it's not bad at all. Passionate vocals too. 4/5

9. ATWA (2:56): Kind of a ballad, but not acoustic or anything. Just a little quieter in the beginning, but with a forceful chorus as usual. A great song, with great vocal duets and a nice solo that you could play easily. 5/5

10. Science (2:42): This song carries a weighty message, with some powerful vocals and those great Arabian melodies. In the bridge the song suddenly turns into some kind of Native American chant that I almost thought was a different song at first. Great job. 4.5/5

11. Shimmy (1:50): This is nice short song that with plenty of Arabian melodies, similar to "Jet Pilot," but I like this one better. This is the shortest song on the album, but it's by no means a bad song or interlude of some sort. 3.5/5

12. Toxicity (3:38): Title track time! I'm sure you've heard this song before, as it's a good one as well as their second single. Nice as passionate as usual, with some good drumming. But all I can think about is the video, where they're all eating seeds as in the lyrics, but the drummer isn't eating any. In fact, the drummer never seems to do much in their videos besides drumming. Oh well, good work by him anyway. 4/5

13. Psycho (3:45): This song is extremely repetitive, and I kept skipping it until I heard the sitar and guitar solo near the end. In fact, the sometimes-annoying vocals of this song are completely gone and the song ends with just the awesome Indian music. Saves it for me. 4/5

14. Aerials (6:11): Well, that's the track length anyway. The actual song is about four minutes long, and it's a great one. It was their last single that I've heard of, and the video has that weird-looking kid in it that surely must mean something. Anyway, the song closes with a vocal duet and lots of power chords, and then there's a Native American song called "Arto" at the end. They're both neat, and the album closes with a 5/5.

All in all, an enjoyable album. If you don't have it, then you don't necessarily need it, but you would like it. Really, you would. 4/5



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brycey
February 15th 2004



205 Comments


when i first heard system of a down, i didn't like them. they didn't appeal to me. it was after my friend kept telling me all about them and singing their songs when i realised they were not all that bad. i bought this recently, and i really love this album. definately one of my favourite albums.

great review ydload. :thumb:

YDload
February 15th 2004



1207 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Only two replies? I thought this was in big demand? Oh well, I'll just get a better picture that doesn't red x on me.

Vietnow
February 15th 2004



39 Comments


I actually just listend to this CD today. Its pretty good, but prison song is by-far the best.

Kaden
February 15th 2004



222 Comments


The only song on here I don't like is Forest. I don't consider them Nu-Metal, I think they're just metal. I love this album. All hail System!

Crashingleg
February 15th 2004



17 Comments


Good review of a great album! I don't know if it's better than their self titled or not, but it's definitely better than Steal This Album.

ieatalotoftacos
March 15th 2004



17 Comments


I'll give it 8.5/10, although it's not as good as their debut. It's too short, but still a great album.

Fender_Strat8915
March 16th 2004



29 Comments


this was a very good and thorough review and i would rate this cd a 5/5 because it kicked some major arse and i loved every minute of it.......the riffs of the guitarist were so awesome and i my self as a guitarist could not even compare *bows down*

LordDargon
March 16th 2004



165 Comments


They are about 50 billion times better than all other Mallcore. I'd give it a... 2.5/5. The thing I like about it is that it still contains alot of energy, (and no rapping from the songs I have heard from it!) however it does leave alot to be desired.

YDload
March 16th 2004



1207 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Coming from a die-hard death/black metal fan like you, Dargon, that means a lot.

The JoZ
March 16th 2004



345 Comments


[QUOTE=YDload]Coming from a die-hard death/black metal fan like you, Dargon, that means a lot.[/QUOTE]


I really hope that was sarcasm

YDload
March 16th 2004



1207 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

No, I wanted to make him feel special. Really! All of my posts sound like sarcasm, so it may be hard to decide. But that post and this one are all serious. Really!

The JoZ
March 16th 2004



345 Comments


Short answer: Yes :p

LordDargon
March 17th 2004



165 Comments


[QUOTE=Nazi Bassist]I really hope that was sarcasm[/QUOTE]

Bah, you're just bored out of your mind from listening to evanensenasenans... you know who I mean. :p

ZEROthirtythree
March 17th 2004



234 Comments


I like the song "Bounce." :mad:

The JoZ
March 17th 2004



345 Comments


[QUOTE=LordDargon]Bah, you're just bored out of your mind from listening to evanensenasenans... you know who I mean. :p[/QUOTE]

I haven't listened to that CD in about 2 months. I'm hooked on At the Gates, Slayer, Motograter, and Dream Theater at the moment

LordDargon
March 17th 2004



165 Comments


Lose all but Slayer :p

CHEMICAL WARFARE! dun dun dun dun dun...

The JoZ
March 17th 2004



345 Comments


The die-hard black/death metal fan doesn't like ATG or DT? K, whatever.

LordDargon
March 17th 2004



165 Comments


Um... DT is prog. They take too long to get going for me. Don't like.

ATG - haven't heard, but I don't like melo-death. It kind of destroys the whole purpose of death metal?

Griffin_Page
March 26th 2004



60 Comments


I was a System of a Down freak about a year and a half ago. I loved this album.. haven't listened to this one in a long time either.

bassaholica2004
March 31st 2004



40 Comments


my favorite song on here is forest. its fun just to jam out to. the only thing i like about nu-metal is that some of it is fun to just jam to, not having to worry about going to fast or anything or playing anything technical. then i go play metallica or slayer, and get back to normal.



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