System Of A Down - System Of A Down


8.1 | 559 votes |
Release date: 30 June 1998
Style: Alternative metal

Owners:

710 have it
16 want it
2 trade it


01. Suite-Pee
02. Know
03. Sugar
04. Suggestions
05. Spiders
06. DDevil
07. Soil
08. War?
09. Mind
10. Peephole
11. Cubert
12. Darts
13. P.L.U.C.K.

Japanese Bonus Tracks:

14. Marmalade
15. Storaged

Guest review by
Paradox0
Rating:
8.6
System Of A Down are probably best known for their 2001 smash hit album Toxicity, which was just strange yet accessible enough to garner a massive following. However, before they got their major label backing, System of a Down released their self-produced, self-titled debut.

Unlike Toxicity which seemed to have a certain polish due to major label supervision, this album could be best described as genuinely unapologetic madness. No, no, I assure you it's not that fake self-poser crap Hypnotize or Mesmerize, this sirs and madams is a flash of brilliance which afterwards makes you feel like you just finished riding Bizarro (the roller coaster, but the supervillian may suffice here to), rather than fighting through the hordes of conformity for the glory of metal. Unlike a lot of bands (or their later albums) which seem to go out of their way to seem like they were out of their minds, System Of A Down (and by that I mean vocalist Serj Tankian) just seems to be able to nonchalantly make the lyrics seem like the rants of a madman more than any kind of message throughout the song, yet oddly enough, end up being unusually catchy. The best example of this would be the song "Sugar" (although any song could showcase the tendency of the lyrics to not make any sense due to their rant-like nature), which for all I can figure out, might be about some kind of drug induced act of murder against someone of the female sex (but I'm probably far off the mark there). The only real theme throughout the whole album just seems to be opposition to any and all institution out there, just for the sake of doing so. Message? Who needs a message when you have the masses deeply and profoundly confused?

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published 11.04.2012 | Comments (9)

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30.07.2011 - 21:27
Rating: 10
king_matt

Posts: 449
From: USA

I've always seen this album as their best, even better than Toxicity.
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06.04.2012 - 07:49
Rating: 9
Paradox0
Unasuming Madnes

Posts: 592
From: USA
Written by king_matt on 30.07.2011 at 21:27

I've always seen this album as their best, even better than Toxicity.


Agreed. I love how insane yet organic it feels, unlike Hypnotize or Mesmerize which felt like attempts to forcefully out do themselves by trying to be catchy like Toxicity and insane like their self titled.
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26.04.2012 - 16:56
Rating: 10
Vonpire

Posts: 400
From: Portugal

Written by king_matt on 30.07.2011 at 21:27

I've always seen this album as their best, even better than Toxicity.


True, me too.
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24.06.2012 - 09:22
GrayWiZZarD
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I think this album is better than Toxicity
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17.01.2013 - 01:38
Rating: 10
king_matt

Posts: 449
From: USA

Written by Vonpire on 26.04.2012 at 16:56

Written by king_matt on 30.07.2011 at 21:27

I've always seen this album as their best, even better than Toxicity.


True, me too.

Definitely. Perfect.
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09.04.2015 - 16:10
Rating: 10
Remo2012

Posts: 6
From: Brazil

Best album of System of down. Best SOD song too - peephole.
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