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  • Audio CD (Sept. 4 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music
  • Run Time: 44.00 minutes
  • ASIN: B000021YQV
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 776 customer reviews
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1. Prison Song
2. Needles
3. Deer Dance
4. Jet Pilot
5. X
6. Chop Suey!
7. Bounce
8. Forest
9. Atwa
10. Science
11. Shimmy
12. Toxicity
13. Psycho
14. Aerials

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2001 album from the California Metal quartet led by Serj Tankian. The album was produced by Rick Rubin.


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, ultra-intense, and quirky qualities of System circa 2001. Unexpected time changes and death-metal-like intensity give way to mellower moments, all of which make for demanding but irresistible listening. Toxicity is a masterful, unusual, and forceful opus. This release includes a bonus CD-ROM that includes behind-the-scenes footage, band commentary, and concert clips. --Katherine Turman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Audio CD
There are millions of cd's produced each year. But only one of them can be named cd of the year. This cd in fact is the greatest piece of art I have ever listened to. System of a down, is without a doubt my favorite band, and if you were to buy the cd you would see why. This is my review of each song.
1. Prison Song 8/10 Only an 8 because I am comparing it to the other songs on the cd that are better. But a great song non the less.
2 Needles 9/10 One of the best songs on the album. Very hardcore but slows down when the guitarest starts to sing.
3. Deer Dance 8/10 A great song great chorus
4. Jet Pilot 6/10 You just cant start a song screaming even if you are System of a down
5. X 10/10 unbelievable...this is when I knew the cd wouldnt stop being good
6. Chop Suey 10/10 good first single got me to buy the cd Chop suey is not even mentioned in the song lol
7. Bounce Very 8/10 If it carried on it would be bad but is less then 2 mintues long so its good.
8. Forest 10/10 My 3rd favorite on the cd....It is another crazy hard then mellow song....wow how does Serj Tankian do it?
9. Atwa 12/10 My favorite song on the cd...slow mellow into "YOU DONT CARE ABOUT HOW I FEEL!"
10. Science. 9/10 Fast and quick and so damn good.
11. Shimmy 10/10 Looking to get pumped up, listen to it over and over
12. Toxicity 9/10 This song is a reason they could be the best band in the world
13. Psycho 8/10 Why did they describe their fans like this? Oh wait... because we are Psycho cocained and crazy!?!
14. Aerials 10/10 2nd best song and 3rd single on the cd....the middle eastern jive at the end is unreal.
At first I did not like the band as much as I do now. Their first cd did not do that much for me...but Chop Suey changed all ofd that. So do yourself a favor dont burn this cd....give the band the credit they deserve and go buy it...twice!
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Format: Audio CD
System of a Down's first album was truly great, combining various elements from various genres into the simple guise that was to become Nu-metal. On this album, the seem to have completely embraced the Nu-metal phenomenon on their songs entirely. The grand, sweeping, and eclectic music that was held within their first album seems to have disappeared here.
Fortunately, there are a couple of gems on this album. "Chop Suey" sounds almost like an outake from the first album that the band deemed (thankfully) worthy to include on this disc. "Bounce" has to be one of the most fun and weirdest songs that I have ever encountered in any genre. It truly does make you want to bounce along with it, no matter what musical stylings you prefer. Unfortunately, the rest of the album is rather monotonous without much diversity.
Besides the aforementioned two songs, the lyrics still remain true to the first album. They delve into personal ambitions, goals, veiwpoints, and feelings on various subjects. Hopefully, on their next album, the music will catch back up with the lyrics. Other than that, additional disc is kind of nice. It does give a good little glimpse of the band and their goings-on. If you are not really a Nu-metal fan or are expecting a repeat of their first album, then a couple of good songs and a bonus disc might not be worth your while.
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Format: Audio CD
Just as Id predicted, SOAD pulled no punches and released one of the years best records, while still maturing and growing upon their debut album. This was not an easy task-their s/t album was easily one of the greatest rock releases of 1998. Toxicity takes everything that made that cd good and improves upon it-their unique blend of metal with Armenian influence has become tighter and even more focused. The songs sound even heavier and aggressive than some on the prior album, albeit with more melody. Unexpected time changes still come around with this band, leaving you guessing where it will go next. Songs are still politically charged, and the lyrics are at times bordering on the plain bizarre. The guitar work from Daron is great: melodic while still maintaining a heavy, aggressive edge. The rythymic section backs well, Shavo's basslines flowing perfectly and John beating his kit with an intent fury. The real force on this is Serj however: his vocal work is amazing, and he shines on mellow tracks such as Aerials and ATWA for instance, while still retaining his hardcore vocal style elsewhere. Easily one of the best albums of 2001 (along with Slipknot's Iowa and Slayer's God Hates Us All).
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Format: Audio CD
If you were marveled by System of a Downs first self-titled release (as I was), then you will go nuts after hearing probably one of the best sophomore releases I have heard (up there with Around The Fur, and Aenema, if you dont count Optiate), Toxicity. Probably the best thing about this album is, that they are the same old band you heard last time. Only this time, they are much more talented. Serj Tankian is much more of a madman this time. With his trademark vocals and his brilliant political lyrics, he proves himself in every song on here. Daron has improved as well. His guitar style is even more dizzying then it was on their first album (see Needles). One of the best things this album has to offer however, is the use of the critically acclaimed Armenian multi-instrumentalist Arto Tuncboyaciyan. He adds weird percussion (coke bottles, trashcans, etc.) in songs like Forest, Science, and the beautiful Outro. Which is a song that uses a weird chant and ethnic percussion. The more I listen to this album the more I get into it. All the songs on here are incredibly catchy. I love the more entergetic songs filled with slight humor like Bounce, and Shimmy. To even the more slower songs like ATWA, Toxicity, and Aerials. If you were to choose between Toxicity and Iowa. Definely choose Toxicity. Unlike Slipknot, SOAD are smart and actually have music you can listen to. Once Slipknot is done with their 15 minutes of fame, expect SOAD to pick up where Rage Against The Machine left off. This album will probably go down into becoming one of the most triumphant and inspirational albums.
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