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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.

Top Track

Chop Suey!
Wake up (wake up) Grab a brush and put a little make-up Hide the scars to fade away the shake-up (hide the scars to fade away the...) Why'd you leave... See the rest of the song lyrics
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: 3 out of 169
  1. ChopSuey
    Feb 23, 2002
    10
    SICK!!!!!!!!
  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. Ashm
    Mar 20, 2003
    10
    This cd kicks huge ass and if u dont like it yer retarded
  4. TomR
    Feb 19, 2006
    10
    Anyone with any appreciation of good metal will agree... this is one of the best metal albums ever... I don't know what that "Uncut" Anyone with any appreciation of good metal will agree... this is one of the best metal albums ever... I don't know what that "Uncut" journalist was listening to but it surely wasn't this... his ears seem to deceive him. Expand
  5. Dec 12, 2013
    10
    this is my favorite album, simply the best
    System of a Down is very amazing
    I know this album backwards and not ing me this strange work
    this is my favorite album, simply the best
    System of a Down is very amazing
    I know this album backwards and not ing me this strange work
    **** the system
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  6. Aug 19, 2021
    9
    Maybe more than a nine out of ten but certainly not less. 'Toxicity' does nothing more than opening System of a Down to more chanting,Maybe more than a nine out of ten but certainly not less. 'Toxicity' does nothing more than opening System of a Down to more chanting, genre-blending approach. Songs are as concise as effective, melodies are terrific, overall rhythm is simply insane, lyrics are theatrically wise and intelligible. Some songs are iconic from their intro to their end, especially 'ATWA', 'Aerials' or 'Chop Suey!' to only cite them. The overall versatility of the whole record is a true blessing as the band always think about letting blank spaces and moments of silence between all these numerous pogo-ish riffs and infectious drums schemes. Their impressive ability to calm down in few milli-seconds is impressive as hell and feels as good as finishing a long fast-paced run. Structures of the tracks are notably impressive. The second part of 'Aerials' for example is as surprising as viciously catchy. Can't wait to hear their new work in the future. 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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