System of a Down

by System of a Down

(1999) American

Personnel Daron Malakian: Guitars, Background Vocals; Serj Tankian: Vocals, Keyboards/samples; Shavo Odadjian: Bass; John Dolmayan: Drums
Description 40 minutes long 13 songs *Bonus CD*: includes 4 live tracks as well as multimedia Includes the hit "Sugar" and "War?" as well as 11 other kick a-- songs.
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Directory Recordings: Rock/Pop
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Overall Rating: 4.8 (of 5)
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On 5/26/2003, Evan Duff (789) posted:
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This is a great cd that has been heard by people all over. Three songs from the cd became hits: Toxicity, Chop Suey, and Ariels. This cd has other good tracks, and is a great to listen to over and over.
On 2/13/2002, Jason Henderson (5681) posted:
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This album is perfect for anyone who enjoyed Toxicity, it follows the same guidelines, although a bit less experimenting, a little less focused on the music side, but more harder, and more angry and anti-political. This album sure grabs you in it's first three minutes and never lets go until the final chyme has sounded. But like I said, this album sure does show sings of what SOAD was, throughout songs like Suite-Pee, Soil, etc, where the music is a lot less rock radio pop but nonetheless clever like SOAD always has been. But this album sure does tell you where Toxicity has come from. With the two primary radio-hit songs, 'Spiders (dreams are made winding through my head)', and especially the goofy but rock-hard hit 'Sugar (In the end it all goes away)', I sure have proved this. This album sure shows angry though, and a lot of cursing as well. It has it's share of screaming, and loud guitars. The most interesting part of the album is something that always grabs my attention about SOAD, is that they can be funny, suicidal, serious, melodic, rhythmic, and overal rock, all in one, and yet it all makes since and you just can't help but enjoy it. This album should be in any collection that has a really used up Toxicity copy, because it really feels like it's counterpart on many songs. This is a very overlooked album, and although it doesn't shine as much as Toxicity does, in it's own way, it does have a glow.
On 2/1/2000, Jason Reich (1765) posted:
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SOAD are the only other political rockers out there besides rage. All Armenians, the band focuses on issues like capatalism, the Armenian genocide, and other rage-like stuff. If you don't give a damn about all these things, you can still buy this (just don't tell anyone) for its heavy riffs and wild vocals. A little short, but powerful.
On 1/27/2000, Inactive Member posted:
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This album really breathes new life into hard rock. All of the song's lyrics are chillingly real and thought-provoking. This isn't the bull-s--- whining i've heard on alot of "Hard Rock" CD's this yea, this is real stuff. The guitar playing of Daron is really incredible. He uses a drop d tuning tuned down one whole step on most of the songs (CGCFAD) and it sounds fantastic. GO out and pick up this CD as soon as you can, but make sure to get the bonus pack with the extra CD that includes live tracks and videos.