Toxicity - System Of A Down
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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 205
  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. declanm
    Dec 7, 2005
    10
    the album is totally superb never to be beaten by system or any other band for that matter
  5. 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, 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
  6. Nov 27, 2013
    9
    Their easiest album to get into to. It's not different enough to scare people away, and it's not simplistic enough to blend in with the rest.Their easiest album to get into to. It's not different enough to scare people away, and it's not simplistic enough to blend in with the rest. This album holds some of my favorite songs by them like, "Prison Song", "X", "Chop Suey!", to name a few. The best on the album in my opinion are Aerials, and X. The haunting and well written melody of Aerials, mixed with the meaningful lyrics make one of the best rock tracks of the decade, while the fast paced, and hard hitting X is one of the heaviest on the album. If you haven't heard the album yet, you're missing out on something. 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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