Toxicity

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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. Alternative Press
    90
    The fast parts are faster, the hard parts are harder, and the melodic sections are more memorable. [Oct 2001, p.102]
  3. Cast in layers upon layers of aural intricacy, Toxicity charters new frontiers, yet it’s still grinding rock at its most deafening.
  4. Revolver
    70
    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]
  5. System of a Down's sophomore album thrives on this sort of urgency, the adrenal rush that insists there's no time for ambiguity.
  6. They have a sense of dynamics, tempering their heaviness with unexpected touches of acoustic folksiness and prog-rock flourishes.
  7. Uncut
    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 209
  1. PaulH.
    Feb 27, 2002
    10
    Awsome. Truely awsome. If "Bounce" doesn't get everyone at your local rock club onto the dancefloor and the DJ pogo-ing along aswell Awsome. Truely awsome. If "Bounce" doesn't get everyone at your local rock club onto the dancefloor and the DJ pogo-ing along aswell then I'll eat my copy of the album. With "Chop Suey!" and "Toxicity" they've surpassed the magnificence of Sugar. If the professional reviewers are so out of touch with what people actually want to listen to then I'm going to apply for a job! First class. Expand
  2. 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 theEvery 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
  3. IanS
    Mar 2, 2003
    10
    Best album I have ever heard...buy it, you'll love it. I did
  4. JohnL
    Dec 23, 2005
    10
    Two words 'get it'. The highlights are Chop suey!, forest, aerials and prison song. It's also got a deeper meaning than a rock Two words 'get it'. The highlights are Chop suey!, forest, aerials and prison song. It's also got a deeper meaning than a rock CD. Great album. Expand
  5. jims
    Jul 21, 2008
    10
    I love this cd it is perfect and could be SOAD's best album i'd pay $100 for it i think the best song is Chop Suey! (which is going I love this cd it is perfect and could be SOAD's best album i'd pay $100 for it i think the best song is Chop Suey! (which is going to be in Rock Band 2!) if you don't own it you need to buy this! Expand
  6. Dec 19, 2015
    9
    System of a Down is one of those bands whose style appeals to me in multiple ways. This means that a large amount of their songs, I will enjoySystem of a Down is one of those bands whose style appeals to me in multiple ways. This means that a large amount of their songs, I will enjoy and probably have somewhere on my playlist. However, this is not my favorite System of a Down album, but they did do a great job on this album. The main problem is Arto, which I didn't enjoy. But other than that, the album was stellar. 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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