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Toxicity

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
While their self-titled 1998 debut gave some hints that this Angeleno aggregation was willing to mix in a few curveballs with the hard stuff they threw at audiences, this long-awaited follow-up takes their eclectic and electrifying blend to a whole new level. Over the course of 15 tracks, the quartet wax fiercely political on the ominous "Prison Song", starkly personal on the shuddering sex-and-drugs diatribe "Psycho", and downright madcap on the utterly out-there "Chop Suey!". As on the last outing, Serj Tankian's vocals are a love-'em-or-hate-'em proposition, but in terms of sheer intensity and message delivery, he's hard to top. The band dig a little deeper into ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
While their self-titled 1998 debut gave some hints that this Angeleno aggregation was willing to mix in a few curveballs with the hard stuff they threw at audiences, this long-awaited follow-up takes their eclectic and electrifying blend to a whole new level. Over the course of 15 tracks, the quartet wax fiercely political on the ominous "Prison Song", starkly personal on the shuddering sex-and-drugs diatribe "Psycho", and downright madcap on the utterly out-there "Chop Suey!". As on the last outing, Serj Tankian's vocals are a love-'em-or-hate-'em proposition, but in terms of sheer intensity and message delivery, he's hard to top. The band dig a little deeper into their shared Armenian heritage here -- "Science," for instance, incorporates some subtle Near Eastern riffs -- and deeper still into the prog rock that clearly inspired many a spasmodic listening session for the members way back when as evidenced by the thick-as-a-brick textures of "Ariels". There's plenty of mosh pit fodder as well, but like their kindred spirits in Tool, System of a Down prove you need not park your brain in order to flex some brawn.
All Music Guide - Eduardo Rivadavia
System of a Down's 1998 debut was initially overlooked by the mainstream hard rock audience, as well as the specialized press. But heavy metal cognoscenti in both camps quickly realized that in their hands was a potentially crucial stepping stone for the future development of heavy metal. Sure enough, so challenging and groundbreaking were its contents that the album soared over most everyone's unsuspecting heads, its eventual gold sales status only achieved via Columbia Records' massive promotional muscle and nearly three years of intensive touring on the band's part. Consequently, early believers were pleasantly surprised when 2001's long awaited follow-up, Toxicity met with instant popular acceptance, skyrocketing up the charts toward multi-platinum success. Yet, for the most part, it also managed to retained SOAD's unorthodox signature sound: so-called "nu-metal" uniquely infused with remarkable originality, including angular riffs, jagged rhythms, and oblique lyrics splattered all over the place. Like its predecessor, Toxicity seems utterly chaotic upon first listen, but things quickly begin falling into place, thanks to a number of small refinements, not least of which is a more generous melody, obviously pre-meditated, but rarely overdone. In turn, this immediacy greatly improved the album's chances at radio -- case in point, first single "Chop Suey!," a track so potent not even September 11, nor mainstream radio's ensuing self-imposed, politically correct attempt at self-censorship, could tear from the airwaves despite its none-too-discreet lyrics about suicide, the song's surprising success was reminiscent of another left-field hit from a decade earlier, Faith No More's "Epic" hear its piano-led outro for proof. And sure enough, from the unexpected false starts of "Prison Song" to the relatively mellow conclusion, the band's heightened commercial sensibility continues to joust with their inherently quirky songwriting. The excellent title track, "Forest," and "Science" are among the most accessible standouts from an incredibly diverse set, the likes of which SOAD's inferior nu-metal peers could only hope to emulate. Lyrically, it's simply no contest. Whether tackling typical rock subject matter like drug abuse "Needles" and groupies "Psycho", or embarking on inscrutable Dadaist gems like "Jet Pilot" and "Shimmy," co-songwriters Daron Malakian and Serj Tankain sound like are the bastard children of Frank Zappa and Slayer. And while sub-Rage Against the Machine political invective unfairly attributed to their Armenian heritage remains an integral part of the band's creative makeup e.g. "Deer Dance," "Atwa", Toxicity's approach is much more cautious in this regard than that of their incendiary debut. In conclusion, when a band takes this many left turns, you'd expect them to start going in circles sooner rather than later, but this is not the case with System of a Down. Hands down one of 2001's top metal releases, Toxicity may well prove to be a lasting heavy metal classic to boot.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/4/2001
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646224021
  • Catalog Number: 62240
  • Sales rank: 18,467

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Prison Song (3:21)
  2. 2 Needles (3:13)
  3. 3 Deer Dance (2:55)
  4. 4 Jet Pilot (2:06)
  5. 5 X (1:58)
  6. 6 Chop Suey! (3:30)
  7. 7 Bounce (1:54)
  8. 8 Forest (4:00)
  9. 9 Atwa (2:56)
  10. 10 Science (2:43)
  11. 11 Shimmy (1:51)
  12. 12 Toxicity (3:38)
  13. 13 Psycho (3:45)
  14. 14 Aerials (6:11)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
System of a Down Primary Artist
Rick Rubin Piano
Arto Tuncboyaciyan Vocals
Marc Mann Conductor
Daron Malakian Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Shavo Odadjian Bass, Group Member
Serj Tankian Keyboards, Vocals, Group Member
John Dolmayan Drums, Group Member
Technical Credits
Darren Mora Engineer
Rick Rubin Producer
David Schiffman Engineer
Eddy Schreyer Mastering
Arto Tuncboyaciyan Composer
Marc Mann String Arrangements, String Conductor
System of a Down Concept, Art Conception
Daron Malakian Composer, Producer
Shavo Odadjian Composer, Artwork, Art Direction, Concept, Label Design, Art Conception
Serj Tankian Composer, Producer, String Arrangements
Greg Collins Engineer
Brandy Flower Artwork, Art Direction, Collage
John Dolmayan Artwork, Collage
Mark Wakefield Cover Art
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AWESOME , just , AWESOME!

    I love this CD! I had to beg my mother to get me this CD its awesome! I cant stop hearing it! I love the songs . ' Aerials','Prison Song' , ' Psycho', 'Toxicity', Science ...... Well actually every song on the CD "

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    on a scale of 1-10: 12!

    My favorite all time album! John Dolmayan is an outstandingly awesome drummer, and Serj Tankian is a very innovative vocalist. the best tracks are "Deer Dance", Chop Suey!", "Forest", the tile track, and "Aerials." this album is so awesome, my dad sayed he hated a SOAD, but now he is hooked on "Chop Suey!" and "Aerials". My seven year old brother b begs me to play "Chop Suey!" all the time. Daron Malakian has some very catchy guitar riffs, and Shavo Odadjian is very quick on the bass. this is a brilliant album from a brilliant group.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is what SOAD is all about.

    Yes, this album, along with their debut album, are what define SOAD's real style. They are definitely one of the craziest metal bands of this era. The music is frantic AND the lyrics have meaning. Serj's vocals are amazing. This is one of the best albums I own.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Toxicicity is pouring thru my speakers

    Ahhhhhhhh the best CD EVER if you r skeptical, buy it buy it buy it. MY favorite is Chop Suey, ad Toxicity, but bounce is the funniest

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Loves it!!!

    I love this cd! It has easily become one of my favorite cds in my whole collection. I would have to say aerials is my favorite song on the album but I also really like shimmy and toxicity too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    They Like to Push the Weak Around.

    This cd is excellent. I got it two years ago and couldn't turn it off for about a month. The cd grabs your attention very quickly, I still enjoy listening to it, I know almost every song word for word. The whole album is very well done. Personally, I like "Deer Dance", "Bounce", "Shimmy", and "Science" (which would be very fun too play full blast in a science class to drive your science teachers insane). SOAD kicks a**!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome

    An amazing clash of political anger and metal music. Truly one of the best Political metal CD's out there. I Recommend this to anyone who is Anarchy and hates the goverment.......Or just likes Heavy Metal

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    nothing better

    this cd is the best cd ever made, it gets you pumped when you need it, (ex. for a game) and gets you up in the morning, but don't listen to this cd in the morning unless you can take it!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I love this cd

    this cd is good. thats all i have to say.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is really cool CD, u know...

    This is the best Soad album so far, but I hope that the new album will be eaven better! In all of the songs there are something special and I like all of the songs on this CD, everything is well done!!! My favourites are Aerials, Atwa, Deer dance and Psycho!!! But the best of this album is the bonus track after Aerials!!! Down with the system, ehe=0...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An Extraordinary Album for Anyone With An Ear For Rock/Metal

    System of A Down has an extremely contagious beat to most of their songs. It has a good variety of metal and hard rock. For those of you that are into some heavier rock songs, I suggest the 'Bounce' song. It is EXCELLENT!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    this cd kicks major ass!!!!!!!!!

    its on of the best cds i've ever listended to. they have a way with their music that has smooth melodies, yet it is still metal. its also not just screaming. some of the songs make sense. aside from that they are extreme creativity. if you haven't listend to the cd yet, GET IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ROCKS!!!!

    If you ask me, the heavier the better.This album has lots of heavy songs(prison song,chop suey,science to name a few).The only flaws are less heavy songs(toxicity)but for some strange reason I like Aerials, exept for the wierd ending.If yor gonna buy a system of a down cd, make it toxity.Steal this Album and system of a down(other system of a down cds if you're wondering)aren't as good or as loud as this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best CD!!

    I was never into rock untill i heard this band. Every song on this album is GREAT. My fav. one is "Chop Suey!" It's a weird song but catchy. love this album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Cant describe it. Awsome!

    Out of all the songs I would have to say that Forest and Toxicity are the best. I bought the cd because of those two songs. And to my surprise, they were all amazing!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the Few Great New Bands Out There

    System of a Down is one of the few new band that are absolutely amazing. Serj's vocal are outstanding. The music is thought provoing although I may not agree w/ all the ideas

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    They're System Of A Down

    System Of A Down is one of the first bands I've ever noted that screams- well. They were the group that really first got me into metal, or rather, metal with a twist. They have something intelligent to say, which comes as a surprize. It's not teen angst and it's not mindless cult screaming. It's System Of A Down. And that's what makes it great.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Toxicity or Steal This Album!

    These cd's are the best, you should lisen to one of them because it is just great.When they sing they do talk fast but you will catch up by the lyrics.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    System of a Down: Toxicity

    Very good album. One or two songs short of being great. My favorite song is "Atwa." If you like Rage Against the Machine, you may like this band's style. They're very intense yet not so much to the point of being annoying. Thanks for reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This CD rocks!

    System of a Down is a great band and they really bring it out with Toxicity. Hits like Science, Shimmy, and Psycho will keep you bangin' your head while Atwa will tone it down.....but just a little. Aerials even got nominated for a Grammy. This CD just kicks butt!

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