Toxicity - System Of A Down
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9.3

Universal acclaim- based on 339 Ratings

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  • Summary: This is the alternative metal band's follow-up to their hit 1998 self-titled debut. Rick Rubin produced the 14-track effort.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Where the debut sometimes resembled a psycho-ward jam session, System serve up some surprising melodies on "Chop Suey!" "Forest" and the haunting "Aerials."
  2. Cast in layers upon layers of aural intricacy, Toxicity charters new frontiers, yet it’s still grinding rock at its most deafening.
  3. The fast parts are faster, the hard parts are harder, and the melodic sections are more memorable. [Oct 2001, p.102]
  4. System of a Down's sophomore album thrives on this sort of urgency, the adrenal rush that insists there's no time for ambiguity.
  5. 45 minutes of jagged, uneven music that includes sparks of urgent genius, and perhaps five or six seconds that border on legitimate transcendence. [Nov/Dec 2001, p.117]
  6. They have a sense of dynamics, tempering their heaviness with unexpected touches of acoustic folksiness and prog-rock flourishes.
  7. 30
    Toxicity is virtually unlistenable: thrash metal splintered into a million pieces by unnecessary time changes, topped off with excruciatingly theatrical vocals. [Dec 2001, p.118]

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 5 out of 203
  1. Aerials
    Mar 3, 2002
    10
    Another one of the best albums I have ever owned. They must make another CD
  2. AaronH.
    Oct 12, 2001
    10
    if you've come this far and you liked the last album, you're wasting your time sitting here, go get it. From Hard Death to Light Melody in a single song, brilliant... Expand
  3. Jan 13, 2011
    10
    Every song on the album sounds great to my ears and nobody else sounds close to their greatness of alternative metal and great vocals by the two singers. Expand
  4. IanS
    Mar 2, 2003
    10
    Best album I have ever heard...buy it, you'll love it. I did
  5. stevenn
    Dec 16, 2005
    10
    My 2nd SOAD album and by far the best, it delivers some of the greatest songs uttered from the group inculding ATWA, Aerials, and Chop Suey!
  6. JiriV.
    Oct 25, 2007
    10
    The essential album by SOAD. One of best albums of this century so far regardless the musical style. The mirror facing our era. Hard, funny, creative, melodical. Expand
  7. VakilyZ
    Jul 27, 2004
    0
    This album blows!! Anyone who takes this band seriously should be shot and flayed!! Rage Against the Machine will always be better than this crap!!

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