System of a Down – Toxicity – 25 Days of Christmas Metal Countdown: Day 20

Metal Mofos’ Isaac Sauers gives us a holiday treat as he counts down 25 days till Christmas with 25 of his favorite must own metal and hard rock albums. Join us daily through December 25th to read the latest entry.

System of a Down’s Toxicity was released September 4, 2001. Another popular and influential album from my teenage years. I remember I used to be able to play every song on this album on my guitar.

System of a Down was EVERYWHERE when this album was released. Radio, MTV, magazines, you name it. They became the biggest band in metal.

I actually remember not liking System of a Down when I first heard them around the time this album was released. I had not heard their self titled debut album at the time. “Chop Suey” was all over the radio and I thought it just sounded awful. I couldn’t stand the sound of Serj Tankian’s voice. One day however I heard the song in a whole new way. I loved the clean sound of the intro before it breaks into the metal madness of the verse then back to a softer tone in the chorus. The bridge is an especially favorite part.

There really isn’t a bad song in this album. I love when that happens. All killer no filler. Some favorite tracks include “Prison Song”, “Forrest”, “Aerials”, and “Psycho”, the title track, and “Deer Dance”

Toxicity is full of heavy down tuned distorted guitars and pretty darn good drumming. It’s really hard to associate System of a Down with one type of metal music. Are they nu metal? Thrash? Hard rock? Folk metal? I just call them metal. Plain, straight up, in your face metal.

System of a Down last released an album in 2005 and have been pretty dormant since except for the occasional tour or festival. Rumors about a new album have been going around for years. Could 2017 finally bring us some new music from these guys?



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