System of a Down
System of a Down


5.0
classic

Review

by Sir Grigor Domashevich USER (16 Reviews)
January 19th, 2006 | 30 replies | 5,012 views


Release Date: 1998 | Tracklist


5 of 7 thought this review was well written

System of a down is one of the most unique bands many will ever find. They're songs feature Serj's and Daron's unique voice and many instruments not normally used in today's average rock band, like electric Sitars and electric Mandolins. With influences from Slayer, Black Sabbath and Rage Against the Machine under their belt, they release their self-titled debut album in 1998. Their self-titled album is probably the most intense of their five albums released, with some of the heaviest riffs and lyrics they've ever produced.

Even if you hate System of a Down because they're labled "Nu-Metal", your missing out on some of the best metal out there. System of a Down is a very original band; far from your average "Nu-Metal" bands like Korn and Mudvayne. There is no rapping or and DJ stuff if your wondering. Go give this album a shot; I guarantee you will be satisfied.

Song Reviews

The CD Opens with Suite-Pee. This song has a very strange opening guitar riff and gets really heavy shoRTly after. It's lyrics appear anti-religious, because of the many mentionings of Christ and his crucifiction in this song. It is a powerful opening, and the best opening song SOAD has ever made, compared to the four other albums.

The next song is Know. It staRTs off with a drum riff and then goes into Serj screaming "Cursed EaRTh". This song appears to be about imprisoned people, but there can be so many other different meanings to the song.

I think all you metalheads have heard their next song, Sugar, from somewhere. In the song, "Sugar" stands for some soRT of drug, cocaine maybe, and how much trouble it can get you into. The outro of this song has pure awesome written all over it. Any metalhead should like this song.

Suggestions is number four on the album, and it staRTs out with an acoutstic guitar in the intro, and is repeated in some areas in the song again. Though slower and lighter than Sugar, it gets its message out just a cleanly as the other songs. Some hate Serj's screaming here, but I think he does a good job at it. Better than Daron would, anyway.

Spiders is up next, and what a song it is. Though the slowest overall on the album, it's probably one of my favorites. It features a really catchy bassline at the beginning. The song does get heavier as the song moves along, with the heaviest paRT at the chorded solo, which is very neat. After the solo, the song staRTs slowing down little by little until the bassline from the beginning is played again.

The next, and probably the strangest song on the album, is Ddevil. I don't know what the spelling is all about, but it does look a little better if then they just put "Devil". This song is not about the devil; it is how people can be like the devil by stealing works from someone, which is what "Shake your spear at Shakespeare" probably means.

Soil is a very good song that staRTs out with an off-key major riff, then they go back into their regular minor key. The song is perfect; and even better yet, it has a solo! The solo is quite amazing, too. I can't really explain the solo technically, so go buy the album/song if you want to listen to it.

System of a Down's third single, War?, is up next. This song gets its message out without being annoying and repetitive, like punk music is. The softer paRT where Serj is talking about War itself is probably the best paRT of the song.

Mind is a masterpiece. It is the heaviest song on the album, because of the speed it goes at. This is one of the few longer songs that don't get old and boring, like Avenged Sevenfold songs tend to do. This song is divided into 3 clear halves basically; the intro lasting about 1 minute, 40 seconds, the main paRT of the song that lasts around 3 minutes 40 seconds, and the outro that lasts about 50 seconds. The first half is incredibly slow, featuring a bassline for the first 25 seconds. The rest of the intro is actually relaxing. The main paRT is the best paRT; its incredibly heavy for System of a Down. The riffage will burn into your Mind. It gets to a paRT where it seems like it's slowing down, but speeds up again into a fast paRT where Serjs is shouting "Gonna let you motherf***ers die!". The outro is all bass and is similar to the intro.

Peephole has an odd keyboard intro for the first 30 seconds, then the guitar staRTs. This song is in 3; System of a Down usually has 1 song per album in an odd time signature (Peephole in this album, Toxicity in Toxicity, Streamline in Steal This Album!, Question! in Mezmerize, Lonely Day in Hynotize). I personally find this song a little repetetive with the "Stuck in the Sky" thing, but I like the solo at the end, though it doesn't beat Soil's solo. I find it the weakest song on this album, but it's definently still very good.

Ah, here is System of a Down's best song under 2 minutes, and suprisingly my personal favorite on this album. CubeRT is amazing; it squeezes several lyrics into the shoRT 1:49 seconds it lasts. The screaming by Serj is also his best here. It sounds like he's screaming "die" (which I thought he was at first), but he's actually saying "dare". (Sorry guys, I had to make all the RT's capitalized, just because I love this song so much.)

Many people claim Darts is the worst, but I find it just as good as the other songs on this album. The paRTs where only Serj is singing and John is drumming and the outro I find pretty neat. It's also one of the heaviest on the album.

P.L.U.C.K. stands for Politically Lying Unholy Cowardly Killers. This song is easily about the Armenian Genocide. Everything in the song slides into place almost perfectly. I personally think the song cuts off too soon, which is the only impurity in this song. This is one of the best songs on the album. I highly recommend it.

Pluses
[+] CubeRT
[+] Mind
[+] The solo in Soil. Well I guess the whole song too
[+] No song on the album is really a "filler"

Minuses
[-] Peephole is weaker than the other songs
[-] Language might be too intense for some people

Wtf!?
[?] Why can't System of a Down make an album like this anymore?

What do you think of my first review? Sorry if it seems a little strange in some areas.

System of a Down is...

Daron Malakian: Guitars, Background Vocals
Serj Tankian: Vocals, Keyboards/Samples
Shavo Odadjian - Bass
John Dolmayan - Drums



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Lunarfall
January 19th 2006



3179 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Okay, thanks.

Hatshepsut
January 19th 2006



1997 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Why are the RTs capitalized?
Good review, but fix up a little on the grammar. There, their they're and your, you're. There is location, their is possession, they're is they are. Your is possession and you're is you are.

FunkyMunky
January 19th 2006



43 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I think peephole is one of the best songs on the album but thats just me
other then that good review

Cravinov13
January 19th 2006



3854 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

System's best abum, but not a classic. Good review though.

FunkyMunky
January 19th 2006



43 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Personaly I think peephole is one of the best songs on the album but thats just me
other then that good review

ocelot-05
January 19th 2006



807 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I wonder if that "wtf? was paying homage to Scruples' "Perplexing."

Cravinov13
January 19th 2006



3854 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Why can't System of a Down make an album like this anymore?

Because they're trying to appease to the mainstream crowd more. Even though I like Mexmerize/ Hypnotize just fine, they're really kiss-a$$ CDs for the radio and the media in general. This CD was back when SOAD didn't care about being famouse as much as they did just being original.

NuMetalMania
January 19th 2006



325 Comments


SuGaR!!! Another bad album. But SuGaR rules, my band played it at school infront of about 1000 kids, man it was funny.

sgrevs
January 19th 2006



698 Comments


This is by far their effort by far, and it is well worthy of at least a 4.5, not sure bout a 5. And I used to be a total fanboy. But it is a fantastic album.

barosjn
January 19th 2006



501 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I don't think "Suite-Pee" is the best album opener System of a Down have concocted, but it still an amazing track. My favourite line in the song, because of how nonsensical the lyrics are is "I want to f**k my way to the garden, 'cause everyone... needs... a mother... F**KER!!!". But still, no album opener from SOAD can beat the amaziness that is "Prison Song".

Cravinov13
January 19th 2006



3854 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Prison Song as a whole IMO doesn't match up to Suite-Pee. Then again, I really don't like Toxicity at all except for Prison Song, X, Science, and Aerials.

Pizza
January 19th 2006



687 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this album is goooooood. suite-pee is one of my favorite songs on here

Zaine
January 19th 2006



199 Comments


probably the best album i own. Suite-Pee is the greatest. As for the review, theres better on the site, but this one aint half bad.

Aakon_Keetreh
January 19th 2006



448 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This cd is okay!
its not that great

Thor
January 19th 2006



10176 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Love this album and review.

Lunarfall
January 19th 2006



3179 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5


Why are the RTs capitalized?
Good review, but fix up a little on the grammar. There, their they're and your, you're. There is location, their is possession, they're is they are. Your is possession and you're is you are.

Because my favorite song is CubeRT. =P
I don't have a word processor (yes it's sad), so I can't spot all the misspellings. I'll go through the whole thing and fix the ones I find.
I wonder if that "wtf? was paying homage to Scruples' "Perplexing."

I like that little thing he adds at the end of this reviews. But I didn't want to say that because it would look like I was stealing his idea (okay, I did steal the idea =P). So I changed it to "wtf!?". ;)

Diabulus in musica
January 19th 2006



485 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

average album for a huge band...IMO, this is their weakest album...atack me if you want but i still think this is their weakest production, but there quite good tracks on here like, sugat, suite-pee. know and CUBErt

Two-Headed Boy
January 19th 2006



4527 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

good review, but

System of a down is one of the most unique bands many will ever find.

is an extremely bold, and in my opinion, unturue statement.

Diabulus in musica
January 19th 2006



485 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i think that is kinda true, along with korn and mudvayne their pretty unique and original

ocelot-05
January 19th 2006



807 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It's cool, hey143; imitation is a form of flattery.



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