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System of a Down – Toxicity Reviews

Toxicity

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System of a Down’s sophomore effort is a musically and lyrically ambitious 14-song collection that’s even more left-of-center and powerful than their 1998 self-titled debut. Here the Los Angeles-bred foursome tackle everything from government (“Prison Song”) to cocaine-crazed groupies (“Psycho”) in a more pointed and aggressive manner than Rage Against the Machine. Serj Tankian’s hardcore vocals and occasional Middle Eastern flourishes (“Science”) contribute to the unique, u (more…)

13 responses to “System of a Down – Toxicity Reviews”

  1. Walt says:

    This review is from: Toxicity (Limited Edition inkl . bonus CD-ROM) (Audio CD) I really doubt about the SOAD could be the beginning of their incredible self-title debut, but they have … and clearly exceeded expectations. This album is like an amazing performance of modern metal, I'm almost speechless. Serj Tankian is this generation Jello Biafra. His lyrics are pointed, political, and biting. He has not Fliche if his opinion whether it is on the state of modern collegiate education (Shimmy) or of the overcrowded prison in the U.S. (Prison Song). By and large works, toxicity succeeds on every level, the music is raw and makes you like a blast of adrenaline. The best thing about the toxicity is that it plays like a whole album, which is extremely rare in today's metal climate. Each track on this CD is strong, it is pitiless and brutal. Some of my favorites are Jet Pilot, Prison Song, Forest, antennae, and toxicity. The Anchor Song toxicity and the album is the best thing so far SOAD. The Rick Rubin was a great decision, because the strengths of SOAD were maximized (Tankian's bitching, fast and numerous tempo changes, and Dean of the heavy riffs) and the weaknesses no longer exist. The track placement of Toxicology is to praise how well and much credit should be based on Rubin. I never thought I would say, but this album smokes Lateralus Tool of miles (and I'm a huge TOOL fan). Toxicity take a Scud missile fast and deadly, but the remains will be with you for a lifetime. Highly recommended.

  2. Laik says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    GREAT CD!
    I bought this album not knowing what to expect and I’ve got to say its FANTASTIC. If you are a SOAD fan this cd is the first one you should buy.

  3. Annabel says:

    1.0 out of 5 stars
    Absolutely Horrible
    This is an absolutely atrocious album. Do not waste your time or money. I will use it for target practice with my .44 Magnum.

  4. Jaetyn says:

    This review is from: Toxicity (Limited Edition inkl . bonus CD-ROM) (Audio CD) Many fans expected this album with a single question in mind: Can SOAD might make an album better than the first? Well, the answer is blazingly clear-YES! From the first chord of shaking “Prison Song” to the whisper of “Aerials” It's pretty obvious that you are not dealing with a mere rock band, but a musical force to be reckoned with. So many young bands to suffer the “curse of students” when it comes to follow up a stunning debut, but SOAD has managed to surpass himself and what a joy it is to hear. Always the best showman, singer / lyricist, Serj Tankian is the biggest standout of the group. His voice has a lot since the first album, and this change is very clear. Its dynamics can be just as awe-inspiring. He infuses his lyrics with such emotion that the words on a life of its own. I have some reviews, the dismissal of his unusual texts just psycho babble, but that could not be further from the truth. There is a tendency for a fair amount of symbolism in SOAD's lyrics. If you are just the words at face value all the time, of course, it is not certain to make much sense, but if you take your time for the interpretation of the words for themselves, within the meaning very clear. For example, “Bounce” at first seem like a stupid song about Pogo sticks, but on close listen, you will notice that there is actually a song about a promiscuous woman. Guitarist Daron Malakian also. In some ways, he has the ability, music is just an unusual Tankian, as the texts. It can be used by heavy industry ( “Science”) to soft beautifullly (the opening of “Chop Suey!”). He also shows a great vocal talent of loans Tankian harmonies to the tunes on several tracks ( “Chop Suey!” “ATWA” needles “). During the bridge of the “needles” he sings on his own, and the result is unbelievable. It seems that he had the ability, with only a few, and I emphasize some, emotions that can not afford Tankian. Bassist Shavo Odadjian is definitely a very talented bassist. He seems to do much more than just a basis for all others to play on. If you hear, “toxicity” and concentrate on the bass, you will be pleasantly surprised. As for the lyrical content, “toxicity” must be one of the most diverse in recent years. Their politically charged material collected comparisons to Rage Against the Machine, but I think these comparisons are a little out. SOAD can be very political at times (especially on “Prison Song” “Deer Dance” and “X”), but they can have fun with a series of bizarre lyrics ( “Shimmy” “Bounce” ). With Tankian's incredible vocal talent to work with almost any type of song is possible. Despite the fact that the entire album is nearly flawless, a few tracks are a little more gloss than the rest of the world. “Prison Song” is a thought provoking criticism of the American prison, and their practices. The combination of a controversial topics and very catchy melodies, the group seems forte. “Deer Dance” is a very political song, which basically calls the injustice of the LAPD. The meaning of the song is not always obvious, but the line that points a finger is the “Beyond the Staples Center …” line. “Jet Pilot” only radiates the energy that has SOAD. The speed of light and lyrical electric supply in a way that embodies what is SOAD. I did this song live and it is an incredible experience. “X”, at least in my opinion, picks up where “Pluck” left and tells the story of the Armenian genocide. “Chop Suey!” Stroke is a pure spirit, and everyone already knows that, enough said. “Forest” is probably at its most dynamic Tankian. His voice ranges from high to low and soft to loud and almost effortlessly, this is one of the best tracks on the album, which is a great addition, if the excellence of the rest will be taken into account. “ATWA” is aesthetically the most beautiful song on the album. The complex combination of Tankian the melody with the harmony Malakian covers this song in a sort of a melancholic beauty that is unlike anything you have ever heard. The title track is a clearly political nature. Rather than pointing out a specific location, is criticized, as in “Prison Song” and “Deer Dance”, “toxicity” only describes a situation and the way you can select a specific on your own. My favorite track would probably have to “Psycho”. To be honest, the song is simply about cocaine crazed groupies, and is a harsh criticism of them. It's a little irony in this, when you consider that the rock bands and groupies always go hand in hand. The opening of the song, this great guitar driven crescendo that ends with Tankian maniacally singing the chorus of the song. That the opening almost pulls you into the song and not let go until the bitter end. Overall, “Toxicity” is a work of great spirit and talent. It is clear how much SOAD's musical horizons and master their new styles unbelievable. I think it would be safe to say that SOAD has to work for them if they ever top this!

  5. Tabananica says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    GREATEST ALBUM OF ALL TIME!!!
    This is for sure the best album this band has ever made and quite possibly the best ever. It’s been 8 long years since this album came out and I haven’t heard anything that sounds…

  6. Yalitza says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    EXCELENT
    THIS COULD BE A ONE SONG ALBUM, ITS A MASTER PIECE, BUY IT FOR “TOXICITY”
    AND “CHOP SUEY”. AND LOVE IT FOR “AERIALS”, “X”, “PRISON SONG”, “ATWA”…

  7. Jenny says:

    I loved System of a Down's debut, so of course I was first in line to buy toxicity of the day it came out. After 3 years of delays and anticipation, I must say, I'm not the least bit disappointed. Toxicity shows great growth in the band has in recent years, thanks to the grueling touring and the Union of SOAD with producer Rick Rubin-god. The guitars are much more complicated and even more depth and personality to the songs. Add in the quirky Serj Daron singing with background vocals, and you have a pretty unique album. The opening track “Prison Song” is a song more comfort than anything to say that the listeners System of a Down refuses to disappoint. Then as the Deer Dance tracks and X get crazy and show that there is much diversity in this album, which ultimately makes it better than their last outing. ATWA, a song based on Charles Manson (yes, you heard me) And his view on the environment is simply my favorite song here. Very angry and very melodic at the same time. Antennas and toxicity are two softer songs, which are compared to SOAD own spiders. Psychoanalysis is probably the most beautiful song to sing along and of course you can not forget the first single, “Chop Suey!” This is a good choice for a first single and will definitely earn them the glory they deserve. If you like System of a Down's first album, you'll love this even more. A great album, and I must say it was worth the wait.

  8. Kylee says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Unique music composition in rock
    If you’re into nu-metal/rock music, you should know a couple other bands like Slipknot, Sevendust, Deftones, etc..

  9. Caitir says:

    1.0 out of 5 stars
    System Of A Down SUCKS!!!!
    I honestly think this album shouldnt even be on sale cause it’s just that bad! X[

  10. Noxolo says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    SOAD’s Best and THE Best of 2001
    I’m not much into speed metal, nu-metal or death metal. I like music that plays great and lyrics that make sense.

  11. Woodward says:

    1.0 out of 5 stars
    toxicity
    Never received this item and no response when I emailed this person. I have put in for a refund.
    Laurie

  12. Ryann says:

    1.0 out of 5 stars
    Non-Existent
    The order was never shipped out. I contacted the seller a week after the cd was supposed to ship and have yet to receive a response.

  13. Tillie says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Greatest Album Ever Made
    Seriously, this is an incredible album and System of a Down are a truly unique band that have become the success that they are through creating music like nothing heard before…

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