System of a Down



by barosjn USER (20 Reviews)
September 20th, 2005 | 29 replies

Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist

In 1994, KoRn made a new type of metal called nu metal. Ever since they did though, all of the other bands they spawned in the 90's were just cheap imitations of KoRn (SlipKnoT are a good example here). By the time it was 1998 however, System of a Down came and showed that not every nu metal band sounds the same. Their self-titled album impressed some metal heads, but they really got their success on the album in this review, Toxicity. This album is probably going to become System of a Down's most influential, because of how commercialized it is (Mezmerize was commercialized as well, but in a bad way even though it's a pretty good album). Overall there are only two nu metal bands that I really like; KoRn for inventing nu metal and System of a Down for perfecting it.

01. Prison Song
The best song that System of a Down have started an album with. It sounds like a SlipKnoT song, but the political lyrics Serj Tankian screams on more prisons being built makes this a brilliant track. It's also interesting everytime Serj imitates a news reporter before the chorus.

02. Needles
This is what "Prison Song" would've sounded like if SOAD sounded more like themselves. Daron Malakian joins in with the vocals, making the pre-chorus crazier and the bridge more soothing.

03. Deer Dance
The music still sounds the same, but Serj sings a mixture of politics and non-sense, only screaming at the chorus. The overall message of the song is that the peaceful loving youth get pushed around by the brutality of plastic existance with their fully automatics too much and this can eventually break into a new kind of war. Not one of my favourites on the album, but it's a good song to mosh to.

04. Jet Pilot
Many people think this track is total filler. I don't mind the song at all, because the guitar, bass, and drums are still as good as before. Like "Deer Dance", the words are hard to decipher but the main message is "Don't drink and pilot a jet".

05. X
A short interlude song that sounds exactly the same as the four songs before it, but it warms you up for a change. A great interlude, however the lyrics are the worst on the album. They're about the Armenian genocide, something that was already sang about on the last song on their self-titled album.

06. Chop Suey!
You know you've found a good song if it has an exclamation point at the end of the song title. It was the first single on Toxicity and the song that got me into System of a Down. The song starts soft, the verse gets hard, the chorus goes back to soft, and the bridge is split in half with the two sounds. An amazing way to talk about Jesus' self righteous suicide.

07. Bounce
Another interlude comes in, returning back to heaviness. This is the most insane interlude the album has. Why" Because all of the instruments are at their hardest while Serj explains to you the good times he had at a pogo party, with only one pogo stick.

08. Forest
After listening to the first half of Toxicity, you'd think every song System of a Down writes sounds the same. Untrue. "Forest" is a song softer than the beginning and chorus of "Chop Suey!". The only time the track gets heavy is when the chorus gets reached. The song has a nice message too, telling the story of a father taking his son to the forest so they can get along better. Another great album cut.

09. ATWA
Not sure what the title means, but it's a decent song. This track is the closest thing to a ballad on the whole album. Sounds similar to "Needles", but softer. Serj Tankian sings about a man who thinks his life is coming to an end and Daron Malakian does a good job joining in at the verses.

10. Science
"Science" tells the pros and cons of the world of science and SOAD get back to their hard sound. The best lyric here is "Science is recognized as the single most potent element of human existance". Those are some words to live by. The most enjoyable part of the song is when it gets to the bridge, which is an Armenian chant.

11. Shimmy
Toxicity's last interlude. It's a little more heavy than "Science" and Serj sings about how bad the education system is on every boy and girl. Does a good job at tying in between the previous track and the next track.

12. Toxicity
The title track and the album's second single. Beautiful guitar in the verses and Serj Tankian's words on the toxicity of our cities really shine. I'd usually expect an album's title track to explain what the other songs of the album are like, but it's a nice wave of change though. Then once you get to the ending of the song, you will be prepared for what the next track sounds like.

13. Psycho
Starts of sounding hard, but by the time it gets to the verses it's very very soft. The chorus goes back to hard again, but throughout the verses and the ending this is Toxicity's most relaxing song. A nice track to put after the title track and before the last song.

14. Aerials
The third single and my favourite song on the album. The guitar is headbanging during the verses and soft at the chorus and the ending. The message is the same as "Spiders" off the self-titled album, but the words of "Aerials" are more philosophical (example: "Life is a waterfall, we're one in the river and one again after the fall"). But the best part is once you think the song is over, after a few seconds an Armenian chant with some Middle Eastern instruments gets played and it's pretty fun to dance to.

Overall album rating (on a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the best): 8

Content Rating: Clean

To Be Continued...

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September 20th 2005


[quote=Needles]"PULL THE TAPEWORM OUTTA YO ASS HEY![/quote]

[quote=barosjn]Content Rating: Clean[/quote]

I rest my case.

September 20th 2005


Album Rating: 3.5

Decent review, and I agree with you that System of a Down makes great music (save Mezmerize). I still think Still Life by Opeth is better ha-ha.

September 20th 2005


I think that ATWA might mean "All The World Around". I may be wrong but I'm pretty sure...

Storm In A Teacup
September 20th 2005


Slipknot is so much better than Korn could ever be.

:evil: (Preps to back that up)

September 21st 2005


forest is about jesus, i think.
cos it says how he is his father and no more circumcisions and stuff like that. im sure its holy

September 21st 2005


Album Rating: 2.0

ATWA is Charles Manson's environmental group. I think the song is about Charles Manson as well, because I know Daron Malakian is obsessed with him.

September 21st 2005


That album was good, but I like their self Titled one better. Ive never heard what ATWA could stand for so i can't say anything.

September 21st 2005


Album Rating: 4.0

Decent review. This is without a doubt the best by the band, and I guess the one that had enough big singles to actually get them out there.

Best tracks- Forest, Needles, X, Jet Pilot, Prison Song

September 21st 2005


Album Rating: 2.0

I still think Still Life by Opeth is better ha-ha.

I don't think anyone can disagree with that.

Does anyone else think this album, and SOAD's general output are uninspired? I know a lot of people who love them, but I think they are totally average.

Storm In A Teacup
September 21st 2005



I find almost all of their stuff as boring or uninspired, they shouldn't write over 100 songs and write about 20 instead and focus more on those songs.(and I though I was the only one) :lol:

September 21st 2005


Album Rating: 4.0

this is the band that got me excited about music in general. them and santana. they kick buttttttt

September 21st 2005


Album Rating: 4.5

I don't think this review was really necessary, but it was good.

September 21st 2005


[quote=barosjn]In 1994, KoRn made a new type of metal called nu metal[/quote]

Are you kidding me?

Storm In A Teacup
September 21st 2005


That's what I'd been thinking.

September 21st 2005


nobody really invented new metal, there were just a few hard rock/metal bands that started to combine different sounds and be different from the norm

September 22nd 2005


^ Except Pantera is actually good.

Your review wasn't very detailed at all. Sorry to say. SOAD is okay, but not that good.

September 22nd 2005


Album Rating: 4.0

^Kinda agree with you here.

Toxicity doesn't have much change in it, so sometimes it's hard to come up with unique descriptions for each song.

Diabulus in musica
February 12th 2006


Album Rating: 4.5

system of a down is aunique band, i think what makes them "different" from anything out there are there, sometimes, stupid yet funny lyrics, the insane but still easy to play riffs from daron and of course serj....and yeah i think that slipknot is a bit better than korn

February 15th 2006


Album Rating: 4.0

"Bounce" is where the person telling the story was the only guy there and the girls shared his "pogo stick" in this big orgy thing. "ATWA", I believe, stands for Air, Trees, Water, and Animals....and, yes, it was a environmental group started by Charles Manson. Good review, though. I really think "X" and "Jet Pilot" are the only real fillers on the album. I really like "ATWA" and "Science," not to mention the singles.

Brain Dead
May 16th 2006


Album Rating: 5.0

Uhhh.... It is pretty obvious that KoRn created nu-metal. Are they the best at it? F**K NO! but they did invent it, and that's impossible to argue with.

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