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System of a Down - Toxicity
Label: Sony
Release: 2001

Prison Song
Deer Dance
Jet Pilot
Chop Suey!
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     System of a Down's Toxicity is a very good album, if you agree with the political views that are put into a lot of their songs. Their music is very fast passed and are very upbeat. If you can't understand the lyrics, the music will sound great to you. But for those of us that can understand the lyrics, I just hope you agree with the stand point they take. I think the CD is very good, songs like "Prison Song" and "Deer Song" have a very specific meaning behind them and I hope that everyone can pick up on what they are trying to say. Although not everything on the CD is political. The singles that were released on radio "Chop Suey!", "Aerials", and "Toxicity" are a very good sample of the songs on this album, but they are far from the best songs on the CD, for example "Bounce" is one my personal favorite songs. Another must listen to is "Forest"; this is a great song with a very intense message behind it. "X" and "Science" are both okay songs, but not highlights of the CD. In the end if you are a fan of the new rock movement this is a must have for your CD collection.


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System of a Down's album Toxicity was hailed as one of the greatest rock albums of recent years by many critics. It is a good rock album, but I just don't get the hype. I'll agree that "Chop Suey!" is an incredible song. The music is intense, and the vocal harmonies are amazing. But beyond that, it just seems to be a pretty solid rock album.

The first track, "Prison Song," features repeated spoken-word fillibusters about the state of the United States prison system that are nearly comical. In my opinion, they ruin what would be a listenable song which contains one of the best riffs on the album. "Needles," track 2, just kicks ass. "Deer Dance," the third song, is also solid, but there begins to be a noticeable problem... every damn song sounds the same. This was also a problem with SOAD's self-titled debut. It's a hard-rocking metal album that features some of the most unique vocal stylings ever, but most of the songs sound the same. With Toxicity, SOAD has again created a redundent album again, recording about 12 tracks that utilize the same chugga-chugga-chugga riff.

It's an okay album, and I appreciate that they utilize their music for some purpose beyond fame and money (i.e. their political views), but it's nothing special. The highlights are "Chop Suey!," which is an effing great song, "Science," which features the best of the chugga-chugga riffs, and "Aerials," which includes some of Serj's best traditional vocals.

Avg. album gets an Avg. grade: 5.0/10

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