System Of A Down - Toxicity

System Of A Down - Toxicity.

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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, the song's surprising success was reminiscent of another left-field hit from a decade earlier, Faith No More's "Epic". And sure enough, from the unexpected false starts of "Prison Song" to the relatively mellow conclusion of "Aerials," 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 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. ~ Eduardo Rivadavia, Rovi

Specifications+

Available for Shipping to Canada Post
Yes
Artist(s)
System Of A Down
Edited
No
Format
CD
Label
Sony
Language
English
Number of discs
1
Parental Advisory
No
Release date
04/09/2001
Track list
Prison Song, Needles, Deer Dance, Jet Pilot, Chop Suey!, Bounce, Forest, Atwa, Science, Shimmy, Toxicity, Psycho, Aerials
Brand
Anderson Merchandisers
Product Identifiers
Walmart Item #
5502505, 30472156
SKU
10150896
UPC
7464622402

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Ratings & Reviews+

System Of A Down - Toxicity is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 2.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from System Of a Down, Has Gone Up System of a Down is the best political Metal Band that truly nows how to express themselves. They don't only give me something to listen to they also give me ideas and make me think until my ears bleed... wait I have my music to loud one second. I enjoy "Prison Song", "Deer Dance", "Chop Suey", "Shimmy", "Aerials" and the title of the album which also is a song "Toxiciy".
Date published: 2009-09-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from How I feel about System of a Down I HONESTLY BELIEVE that this CD called Toxicity by System of a Down is an Absolutely GREAT CD because(I think at least) I think that the songs called Chop Suey,Lonely Day,Toxicity,Aerials, and B.Y.O.B. are some of the Best songs because of HOW GREAT THEY SOUND/ARE.
Date published: 2009-07-23
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