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System Of A Down

System Of A Down

1998

System Of A Down

Album Summary

System of a Down is the debut studio album by Armenian-American heavy metal band System of a Down, released on June 30, 1998, by American Recordings and Columbia Records. The album was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America on February 2, 2000. After the success of System of a Down's following album, Toxicity (2001), the album was certified platinum.

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Rating

3.25

Votes

5446

Genres

  • Metal
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Tue Oct 19 2021
5

Somehow, I'd managed to forget how much of an adrenaline-fueled, psychotic, circus side-show this album is. If you don't know (or remember, in my case) what you're getting into, hitting play feels like being physically assaulted for asking a coworker how their weekend went. But, if you can hang in, by the time "Sugar" rolls around, you've caught the fever and are happily riding the insane-train like the good little distopic droog you always knew you could be. It's just such a mad, manic ride from start to end. Impossible to get off, you just have to hold on and smile at the approaching and inevitable carnage of a head-to-head train wreck. All that to say, I quite enjoyed it.

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Fri Feb 05 2021
5

Best album on this shithole called earth

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Mon Apr 19 2021
4

No way! What a welcome throwback. Of all the headbanging, nu-metal bands that Alex was into back in the day, SOAD was my favorite. I always loved how Serj Tankian's voice is so clear over these instrumentals. It's a quality that most other bands of this kind lack, as the vocals can get messy and unintelligible very quickly. I absolutely love how he sings on "Darts." Their instrumental performances are always impressive too, a surprising degree of clarity amid the madness. I love when they slow things down for an intro or section here and there. Of course, they are known for heavy, political lyrics. I rarely pick up on lyrics like that, but when I do catch them, it's a nice reminder that these guys (and Serj specifically) have good heads on their shoulders. I hadn't heard this album before, but it's really great. A fantastic debut. Favorite tracks: Darts, Suite-Pee, Suggestions, Sugar, Soil, Mind. Album art: Very strong. Apparently taken from an anti-fascist propaganda poster that said "A hand has 5 fingers! With these 5 grab the enemy!" Hell yeah. 4.5/5

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Wed Sep 08 2021
4

Blows your head off and then shits down your neck. No punches pulled is an understatement

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Wed Apr 28 2021
5

Man does this entire album fuck. So god damned good

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Sun Jun 20 2021
5

Debut from the absolute best by-metal band. The album is new and different in the best possible way and rocks insanely hard. Listening to this was cool because it made me realize that while this band is weird, they’re good because they’re weird in ways we all are, but have put it on record for everyone to see. Kick ass instrumentation and a lot of powerful lyrical themes, this one hits all the right notes.

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Tue Dec 28 2021
5

SOAD proving from the get go that they are one of the most creative, unique, and fun acts in the metal scene. The politically charged lyrics still hit home today, fortunately or unfortunately, and the sequencing and pacing of the album, is top notch to make seamless transitions between silliness and seriousness. Not my favorite from the group, but an incredible accomplishment in its own right.

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Tue Aug 31 2021
4

Did not care for SOD in the 90s, but re-listening now with the wisened (and slightly more hairy) ears of a 37 year old, these guys were really next level. I lumped SOD in with Korn and Slipknot and even Limp Bizkit. SOD is playing in a whole different league. This is Rage Against the Machine territory. They're messing hard with hard rock. Persian scales klezmer polka metal. This is Queens Of the Stone Age territory hard rock. Multiple personality singer brings at least 4 characters into each song. The standard, pro-level metal scream. The playful high pitch jumpy elf. That OOOOUUUGH low yell that metal singers started doing in the 90s. The possessed opera singer. I think the lyrics are actually meaningful at times too. If I liked metal at all I would love this album. A-

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Mon Jan 18 2021
3

ANGRYYY SO ANGRYYYYYY Sounds like a good album, definitely need to be in the right mood for it and a first and introspective listen isn't the right mood in the slightest "Mind" is possibly my favourite. I might come back to this album when I'm feeling a bit more anarchic. ANGRYYYYY

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Thu Mar 04 2021
3

Not a Rage fan, but there are some cool songs (like Soil) that have excellent guitar work. And, all of the songs definitely have an energy about them (coping, expressing, celebrating) that while this record doesn't do it for me, I do understand it on some level. Steve and his daughter Emily are huge fans, and it wasn't until Emily's wedding reception that I was like "ohhhhhh, it's so much more for them". Emily had the DJ play like 30 straight minutes of Rage towards the end of the night, and about 15 folks (including Steve AND his pregnant wife Kristin) were jumping and singing and smiling. It was cool to be a witness to the joy that transcended the pain & sorrow that so many Rage fans find healing from.

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Tue Nov 16 2021
2

I respect this album but didn't enjoy it.

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Thu Feb 11 2021
5

Basically started a new genre. 🤘🤘

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Tue Mar 16 2021
5

Everyone needs a mother fucker!

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Fri Aug 26 2022
5

I refuse to elaborate.

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Fri May 07 2021
4

Frantic, melodic, heavy, political, fun, weird. I listen to this when I work out because it's got it all. I always liked the heavy factor when I was younger but I can appreciate the complexity these guys put in. Toxicity they really came into their own but this album is still great, therefore 4 stars

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Sat Feb 13 2021
4

🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

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Tue Feb 09 2021
4

It’s funny. I’ve always known SoaD as a metal band but all the songs I’ve heard from them always seemed to almost transcend the genre. All genres in general. But from this intro track, I definitely feel the metal description. Also very cool opening riff. Ok I know it can’t be but the lyrics to “sugar” sound like “THE KOMBUCHA”. This is some solid metal. I can’t imagine me listening to it a lot since I’m not in that headset but this stuff is pretty good. “Soil” is a rad song. Cool lyrics and guitar. “Peephole” is another dope song. I kinda feel like this would be a 5 star album if not for being a genre I don’t love. The glitchy/tremolo distortion backing vocal is a cool ass effect. I might steal that for something. Ok now I’m just to the bonus live tracks. Great album. If I could do decimals this would probably be a 4.5ish but I might fall back to 4 just because I’ve definitely heard better albums so I need to reserve those 5s. But damn... still a great freaking album. Glad I listened to it.

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Fri Jun 11 2021
4

Ah, teen angst. But this drives hard and meaningful. It's harder than their more popular stuff so a bit difficult to get into. I'm a fan of Tankian's vocals but they make everything work. I suppose this could be considered the "heavy metal" that I actually like. I don't think it counts. Favourite track: "Know"

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Sat May 29 2021
4

This shit got my blood pumping. First time I listened to an album in one sitting in awhile. Made me wanna get in a fist fight with a customer. Gave me a stiffy. TWU

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Tue Dec 07 2021
4

Never listened to these guys before, and to my surprise I'm impressed. I had a brief flirtation with heavy rock back in the 80s, but I like this more. Will continue to explore this unexpectedly rich vein of entertainment.

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Tue Dec 28 2021
2

Christopher Cross with some Patti LaBelle should've done an album together. A duet of sorts. I imagine that if Patti and Christopher's album had materialized, it would sound a lot like this SoaD album. The deep soft vocals of are soothing and relaxing especially when they hit those low thud-y notes. And the chorus' rwwrawwhhh, rwawrahhhh is incredibly inspiring. This is something you'd put on for an enjoyable Sunday morning with the family or right before you marched into Taliban territory outside of Kabul.

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Wed Mar 17 2021
1

Nope. Didn't make it through the first song. Definitely not my sound, groove, or anything else. I know a lot of people just love this, but I would commit 0 stars if possible.

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Wed May 19 2021
1

ROOOOOOAAAAAARRRRRR!!!!!!

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Mon Feb 01 2021
1

Very loud.

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Sun Mar 07 2021
1

If I could give this less than 1 I would! Not my cup of tea at all!

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Sat Dec 18 2021
1

Ekki kaffibollinn minn

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Mon Jun 06 2022
1

I never want to hear this again. Give me some yacht rock instead of angry music.

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Wed Sep 16 2020
5

Love SoaD!

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Sat Feb 20 2021
5

I don't think I've listened to this since high school, and I was afraid it wouldn't hold up, but it absolutely did. I put the entire album on my 1001 Albums playlist. Best song: Sugar

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Mon Feb 01 2021
5

Classic

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Fri Feb 05 2021
5

This album gets me so pumped! Didn’t know prior to listening to this how much of an influence SOAD must’ve had on my fav metal artists today. The heavy drop and breakdowns sound so good.

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Mon May 24 2021
5

I love SOAD passionately. They came along just as I started thinking I'd never fall in love with a band again the way I had in the early 90s. I debated giving this album its 5 score, because some of the SOAD tracks I like the least are on this album. But then amongst the gold you find Spiders, which is worth more than a 5 all on its own, it's just so beautiful. These guys have such an original unique sound and I adore it all.

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Wed Feb 17 2021
5

You'll never hear me complain about this first album. I remember the first time I heard this when Ben Skinner let me listen to his CD in health class. It has rocked since then.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
5

done

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Sun Jan 17 2021
5

!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Mon Jan 18 2021
5

LOVE

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Fri Jan 22 2021
5

A suburb debut album. This album hits the same as it did 20+ years ago when I first heard it.

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Mon Mar 22 2021
5

System ist einfach Programm. Maschinen ey. Liebs. 5/5

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Tue Mar 09 2021
5

banger

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Tue Mar 16 2021
5

You can hear the middle eastern influence weaved in the rock sounds, I'd never heard this full album but with out a doubt it deserves to be in this list. Not to mention the great amount of activism they do through their platform.

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Tue Mar 16 2021
5

Para chiflarse un rato

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Wed Feb 03 2021
5

Discazo!! A++

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Fri Apr 30 2021
5

9

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Fri Feb 12 2021
5

System are great. Cool debut

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Fri Feb 05 2021
5

Yes!!!

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Fri Jun 25 2021
5

Stupid teenage me only ever listened to Toxicity as a kid

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Fri Jun 25 2021
5

Fucking love this album.

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Wed Jun 16 2021
5

Reminds me of my childhood

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Tue Aug 24 2021
5

Quando uma música é capaz de deixar o álbum perfeito. Sugar garante isso.

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Fri Sep 03 2021
5

This whole album is fire

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Wed Sep 15 2021
5

great one liners, some heavy bass lines

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Sat Oct 09 2021
5

A pleasant surprise. An excellent album

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Sat Oct 16 2021
5

What I love about SOAD is that the vitriol is coming from a genuine place. They're not just overgrown teenagers ranting against their parents.

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Wed Oct 27 2021
5

Bra jäkla ös

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Wed Oct 27 2021
5

Classic of heavy genres!

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Wed Nov 17 2021
5

Good band bet never checked their first album before

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Tue Nov 30 2021
5

Vecchia conoscenza! Mi ha avvicinato al metal e al genere di musica più alternativa/sperimentale. Capolavoro, come il resto SOAD.

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Sun Dec 19 2021
5

Exactly what I would predict an early SOAD album to sound like. Unrefined only compared to later works.

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Tue Dec 28 2021
5

This was an excellent listen as always from SOAD. They really bring something unique to metal that I don't think any other group does, including their intense sound, operatic performance, and potent message. Always going to be a 5.

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Fri Jan 07 2022
5

LOVE SOAD

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Sun Jan 09 2022
5

I've loved this album for 20 years - it still rocks! Part of the permanent soundtrack of my life.

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Sun Jan 09 2022
5

Flawless beginning to end.

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Sun Jan 16 2022
5

Mes cervicales désapprouvent.

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Thu Jan 20 2022
5

nu-metal gem

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Sun Jan 30 2022
5

Melhor música: Spiders

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Wed Feb 02 2022
5

LETS FUCKING GOOOOOOOO

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Sun Feb 06 2022
5

Gostei ❤️

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Thu Feb 17 2022
5

a classic.

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Sat Mar 05 2022
5

Their all albums are good enough to have 5 stars.

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Mon Apr 04 2022
5

Easy five stars

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Thu Apr 14 2022
5

brilliant

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Mon Apr 25 2022
5

Un autre album produit par Rick Rubin. J'ai découvert System Of A Down avec Chop Suey! qui jouait à The Buzz. Je me rappelle très bien où j'étais à ce moment. J'ai été frappé par ce que je venais d'entendre. C'était nouveau, original et j'avais instantanément envie d'en entendre plus. J'ai adoré Toxicity et comme bien des gens, je suis arrivé par la suite à ce premier album du groupe. Et je n'ai pas été déçu. La force du groupe est définitivement dans son énergie et sa culture musicale intégrée dans ses pièces. Ce n'est pas redondant. La voix de Serj est bien particulière et elle sert très bien le groupe. J'aime aussi le fait que le guitariste Daron Malakian apporte également sa voix bien originale au groupe. La basse est un peu molle, mais ça amène quand même tout un son (je pense notamment à Spiders). Côté drum, le jeu de John Dolmayan n'est vraiment pas ennuyant. J'étais vraiment content de réécouter cet album. Pièces préférées: Spiders, War?, Sugar, Suite-Pee

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Sat May 07 2022
5

Does exactly what its meant to do. Rock HARD! 5/5

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Tue May 10 2022
5

Genre hopping experimentation, heavy as hell and insanely catchy, that's a trick very few bands can manage. SOAD are, and always were, so much more than the knuckle dragging nu-metal bullshit they got lumped in with. It's frankly an insult to compare songs about the Armenian genocide to doing "it all for the nookie". I'm not even sure this can accurately be described as metal as there is so much other goodness going on here. Even though SOAD sound almost nothing like them, the only comparison point I can think of is Faith No More. Well, Faith No More but not shit. Faith No More with the white boy funk dialled down and the Slayer dialled up. It still blows my mind that Toxicity was even more wild than this and yet it somehow pushed them into the mainstream.

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Tue May 10 2022
5

well that's one thing i didn't think this list would do for me. I am apparently a System of a Down fan and i didn't even know it.

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Tue May 17 2022
5

Well its a classic isnt it?

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Thu May 19 2022
5

100% slap machine

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Tue May 31 2022
5

I'm 61, but courtesy of my sons I know, and love SOAD. This album is a nice introduction to this band. This introduction, however, isn't a handshake. It's a musical assault of glorious insanity. I mean, it's seriously warped. It's ANGRY! They are unique, they are wonderful. I'm a little afraid that I won't sleep well tonight. Or at all.

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Thu Jun 16 2022
5

Doesn't quite reach Toxicity (which is their magnum opus) but this is still amazing and wildly creative. The raw production fits the ferocity well. No one sounds like SOAD.

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Thu Jun 16 2022
5

Already loved this album. Haven't listened to it in a long time though. It really holds up.

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Mon Jun 20 2022
5

Nu-Metal may be a mixed bag, but at the very least it brought SOAD to the mainstream. With a debut like this, that's honestly pretty shocking. With some exceptions, most of the songs are filled with bizarre choices in structure where any song could change its intensity at the flip of a switch. That, along with Serj's wide range of wacky ways to sing and scream, can understandably turn off many people, but if you're into the experimental side of music and metal, even if just a little bit, this is absolutely worth checking out. Overall, I love this album. While I consider later albums more accessible and better, I was still really glad to revisit this. Favorites: "Suite-Pee", "Sugar", "Suggestions", "War?"

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Sat Jul 02 2022
5

SUGAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAR

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Sat Jul 09 2022
5

Lekker hard album! Wel nog zaliger om deze band live te zien. Maar deze blijft in mijn favorieten lijst staan

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Sat Jul 09 2022
5

ok

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Tue Aug 09 2022
5

ПСИХИ

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Tue Aug 23 2022
5

já curti muito esse som aha

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Fri Aug 26 2022
5

It SOAD.

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Mon Aug 29 2022
5

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Wed Aug 31 2022
5

Durchgehend entertained Sehr enjoyed

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Tue Sep 13 2022
5

This was an awesome album, especially considering it's their first album, would. Definitely listen to more

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Thu Sep 15 2022
5

whichi whcihhwhiww

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Sat Sep 17 2022
5

This is one of my top ten nu metal albums, I was so excited to relisten to this album after not listening to it in almost a decade. It also led me to listen to Toxicity immediately afterwards. I think that this has rekindled my love of SOAD.

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Thu Sep 29 2022
5

Dear lord—Sugar—

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Mon Oct 10 2022
5

Hard metal at its best

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Wed Oct 26 2022
5

Tämä levy sekä Toxicity, talvi 01-02 ja pitkä viikonloppu Tahkolla. Voi JUMA! Nuori mies oli aivan myyty miten vahva fiilis välittyy musiikista ja kuinka yksinkertainen voi olla lopulta niin monipuolisen kuulosta. Kyseisen orkesterin levyistä ei ole likimainkaan paras, mutta "paskinkin" on puhdas timantti.

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Tue Nov 08 2022
5

I don't like metal very much, but System Of A Down has always been different. I really like System Of A Down, but I hadn't heard their first album before, so I was excited to listen to it. Luckily, it still has the same quality that I like about their later music. I absolutely love the singer's voice, and that still holds true in this album. My favourite song was Suggestions.

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Sat Nov 12 2022
5

Classic soad, simply great!

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Wed Nov 23 2022
5

:)

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Mon Oct 12 2020
4

OK

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Thu Jun 03 2021
4

Loud, angry, and more than a little cheesy (though I think that's the hindsight view). Still, brilliant in the sense that something shines continually. I can't help but be won over.

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Tue Feb 23 2021
4

Pretty good. Serj Tankian is a very theatrical singer, but it didn't annoy me.

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Thu May 13 2021
4

Been a fan of SOAD for a while so I'm biased. Feel like this album gets lumped into nu metal a lot, but I feel like it contains a lot more thrash and hardcore influence. Unhinged. Really great, high energy stuff. Favorite tracks: "Know", "Soil", "War?"

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Thu Nov 05 2020
4

One of my favorite

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Sat Jan 30 2021
4

This was good fun.

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Tue Jun 01 2021
4

badass

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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

Need to be active for this one

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Fri Mar 26 2021
4

Ensikosketus tähän levyyn. Jostain syystä jäänyt tutustumatta vaikka uudempia soad-levyjä on tullut kuunneltua paljonkin. Tutunkuuloista menoa kyllä. Ehkä vähän raskaampaa ja räyhäkkäämpää kuin myöhemmillä levyillä. Kokonaisuus toimii hyvin, vaikkei mikään yksittäinen biisi jäänyt mieleen erityisemmin.

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Wed Apr 07 2021
4

AHHHHHHHHHHHJJJJJJJJEJJDJDJEJEJIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YEEEaaaaaAAAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!!!

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Tue Jan 19 2021
4

Serj has such a dope voice. Know, sugar, spiders stand out bangers

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Wed Mar 31 2021
4

Love system 3.7

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Mon Jan 18 2021
4

první půlka šlape, Know, Sugar

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Tue Feb 02 2021
4

Heavier than expected, been out of metal for loong time. Would def relisten

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Mon Mar 22 2021
4

Derbes brett - 4

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Fri Feb 12 2021
4

7/10, what happened to nu metal since then?

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Mon Apr 19 2021
4

System of a Down is one of my favorite metal bands, I fell in love with them back during Toxicity. I wasn't as into their early albums as their later ones but after sitting down with this one, I appreciate it a lot. I didn't hear the back up singer maybe at all on this album which means maybe he worked his way into doing songs. Serg is just as incredible here as it is on his later albums. He has such a distinct and unique voice and while their later albums were more overtly political, this felt like them just trying to get some jams out and I love that. Standouts for me were Know and Spiders but I listened to this puppy straight through. Also, iconic album cover. I always saw this at Movie Trading Company but knew I could never buy it because it had a parental advisory label on it...those were the days...

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Tue Feb 09 2021
4

Cañero, como no se podía esperar de otra manera. Revolucionarios

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Wed Mar 17 2021
4

I didn't expect to like this but really enjoyed it. Such a fun album! The strong musical theatre vibes were a surprise. It reminds me of a marginally heavier Jesus Christ Superstar (which is very much a good thing).

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Wed Mar 17 2021
4

i love SOAD, but this album has always been a bit too quirky to be 5*

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Sun Feb 14 2021
4

takes me back to high school

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Fri Mar 26 2021
4

SOADia on jonkin verran tullut kuunteltua, mutta en tätä ekaa bändin nimeä kantavaa levyä ole kokonaisuutena kuullut. Ainoastaan singlenä julkaistut Sugar ja Spiders oli liveseteistä tuttuja. Vasta seuraavalla Toxicity-levyllä ollut Aerials taisi olla ekoja biisejä, mitkä ainakaan kuulin SOADilta. Ensimmäinen levy on näin jälkikäteen kuunnteltuna vahva lupaus siitä, mitä SOADin tuotannolta saattoi tulevaisuudessa odottaa. Jotenkin päällimmäisenä SOADin musiikista tulee mieleen nerokas hulluus ja omalaatuisuus (muusta MASSAsta erottaututuminen). Nelkun levy.

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Mon Feb 01 2021
4

Suite-Pee is probably the right ringtone I've been looking for...Insane first three tracks (Suite-Pee, Know, Sugar) I like the way the next few songs have a acousticy intros/riffs and then go full metal bomb...Overall brilliant album!

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Fri Mar 19 2021
4

I was first introduced to System of a Down by a friend in HS who put this album on in his truck while we drove to lunch. I hadn't really heard anything like it at the time. Skull crushing metal mixed with Serj's unique vocals. This album ruled then and it rules now.

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Tue Mar 16 2021
4

Not my favorite album of SOAD, but still a great album, it's quite different from all of their future releases. It is punkier and Thrashier than rest of their catalog. But i still enjoyed re listening to it, with better focus on lyrics.

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Mon Jul 12 2021
4

Before listening to this, I was only familiar with Toxicity. I would never typically say I like metal but I've always found System of a Down's music to be more interesting that would I would generally think of as metal music. And I love a bit of politics - System of a Down do that better than anyone else. This is a generally good album, but I would say it has less stand out songs than Toxicity does. For a debut album I think it's extremely cohesive. I particularly enjoyed the latter part of the album (from Peephole onwards)

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Fri May 14 2021
4

First time listening: 11/13 songs liked Damn....this album goes HARD. Not a lot of their more melodic works I'm used to, but it makes for a great listen. One song saved

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Fri May 14 2021
4

Pretty decent nu metal

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Tue May 18 2021
4

Great debut! I could never get into SoaD before but listening to this really clicked with me!

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Fri May 07 2021
4

A bit too energetic for me, but I enjoyed listrening to it in the background.

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Tue Jun 22 2021
4

Enjoyed this a lot actually, holds up well sonically and some obviously bold choices made throughout. Only major critique would be the slightly on-the-nose edginess - just borders slightly on the cringe side for me. But still great music overall. Really enjoyed the live tracks at the end of the Spotify edition.

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Tue May 11 2021
4

Loved the album but a lot of explicit content

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Tue Jun 22 2021
4

Energetic! But not out of control. This will pump you up. Love the drums in the mix. While I prefer Toxicity, this is still a great album of the era. Fav track: Spiders

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Tue Jun 22 2021
4

Love the bits of Arminian style mixed in with the metal.

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Tue May 11 2021
4

Nostalgic and Politically charged, but damn, I was getting anxiety listening to his screaming. That's the point though, right? To make you feel something.

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Mon May 24 2021
4

I really liked this. I feel a bit silly for convincing myself that I "didn't like metal" even though I had never really given it a try. It's definitely not something that I could listen to all-day-every-day, but a lot of the songs pack a real punch and I loved the political lyrics.

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Tue May 25 2021
4

have listened to b4

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Tue Jun 22 2021
4

Listening to this now is way more fun than it was all those years ago. Not sure if this is because I've listened to so much dreck between now and then that I appreciate it more, or (more likely) I'm just enjoying the comfort of familiarity.

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Fri Aug 06 2021
4

- Funky and energetic. A more musical RATM. - Great vocal delivery, lots of time for it. - Would have loved to hear more of the bassist and drummer

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Sat Sep 18 2021
4

Es hat mir sehr gut gefallen. Die Originalität der Band zeigt sich jedoch am besten in den Liedern, die die I liked it very much. However, the band's originality is best seen in the songs that cross the line between genres, both in the ethnic realm, especially the syncopated Middle Eastern metal fusion, but also the foreign musical accents , in the pop realm, like the bombastic power ballad Spiders. (8/10) Favorite Tracks: Spiders, Suggestions

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Mon Oct 11 2021
4

edgy angry sardonic high school energy. reminds me of high school

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Thu Oct 14 2021
4

Hard hitting album. Thought provoking. Still good and enjoyed listening 23 years later.

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Mon Oct 18 2021
4

I like it but I like other SOAD albums more

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Mon Oct 18 2021
4

I've heard Toxicity before and didn't like it. Chop Suey is one of the most annoying popular rock/metal songs in existence. Serj Tankian's singing grates on me, and I was in the middle of my "man, FUCK nu-metal" phase when they really blew up anyway. I may have heard a song or two from this around 98-99, I definitely knew OF them before Toxicity came out, but it's likely they were just lost among the rest of these bands. I wasn't exactly starving for nu-metal in 1998. Ok, this is way more "standard late 90s nu-metal" than Toxicity. I had assumed it would be full of Armenian-style melody/wailing - instead it sounds like a mix of Korn, Incubus and... Static-X? In hindsight it makes a lot more sense for a debut album to sound more like established bands. There's still a BIT of vocal silliness going on, but it's far more tolerable. Overall, this is pushing a 5 - the only thing holding it back is a few tracks using that cliche " subdued drum/bass/vocal verse, heavy unhinged chorus" formula that really didn't do the genre any favours. 3.5? 4?

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Tue Oct 19 2021
4

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Wed Nov 17 2021
4

This is exactly what I remember SOAD being. I guess I appreciate it a little more now.

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Wed Nov 17 2021
4

great album

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Wed Nov 17 2021
4

Super heavy

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Mon Nov 22 2021
4

Rating: 7/10 Best songs:

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Fri Nov 26 2021
4

I want to give all metal albums a five, but have to be reasonable. I like very specific SOAD songs, and respect what they did for alt and nu metal, but this isn't a 5 album. A 4.5 sure, but not 5. || Mostly I'm impressed with their willingness to bring attention to issues that we are STILL grappling with today, 21 years later (Church sex abuse, armenian genocide denial, endless war). It's bummer how relevant this still is, but mad respect for them being so unapologetic.

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Fri Nov 26 2021
4

Better than expected, the vocals are good and you can see the talent very clearly; however I get overwhelmed easily by the sound

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Sun Nov 28 2021
4

some nice songs but the rest eh

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Sun Dec 05 2021
4

Really thrashy

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Wed Dec 08 2021
4

bara ágætt

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Mon Dec 13 2021
4

Great album

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Fri Dec 17 2021
4

System Of A Down had their sound basically fully formed on this album, in time to lead as kings of the nu metal scene. They have this sense of dynamism and groove that is so rare in this space. Tankian's voice soars on Spiders. Soil and War? both have powerful lyrics. Mind I am not too fond of.

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Wed Dec 22 2021
4

Track 01 - 4/5 Track 02 - 3.5/5 Track 03 - 4.25/5 Track 04 - 3.5/5 Track 05 - 4.25/5 Track 06 - 3/5 Track 07 - 3.25/5 Track 08 - 3.75/5 Track 09 - 3.5/5 Track 10 - 4/5 Track 11 - 3.25/5 Track 12 - 3/5 Track 13 - 3.25/5 Overall: 4/5 Album Art: 3.5/5

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Sat Dec 25 2021
4

I remember System of a Down from when I was in middle school and high school. I was not allowed to listen to them. I was extremely pleasantly surprised to find a very interesting album with interesting melodies and guitar lines. It kept my attention the whole time and this is a genre I never listen to by choice.

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Tue Dec 28 2021
4

I'm not sure why I can explain why I like System of a Down. Or why I still like them? I had this album back in '98. But I have only listened to SoaD in scattered bits in the last decade. Would I still feel the same way at 41 as I did at 18? Turns out the answer is yes. And there are definitely things I listened to in the late 90s that I no longer feel the same affinity for. But surprisingly SoaD is not one of them. I still really like the wild and weird variety with which Serj Tankian uses his voice. Sometimes it's lovely, sometimes it's guttural and gritty and ugly. And he shifts so effortlessly between those extremes. I think I'm gonna be the outlier in the group here, hellyeah. No spread of every score 1-5 here, I may be the only one with a positive review. But I can't quite give it a 5. A few more on the level of "Spiders" might've gotten it there. I liked "Toxicity" even more than this one back in the day. I'll have to revisit that and see if it can earn a 5.

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Fri Dec 31 2021
4

I love this album - I'm listening to it on vinyl today, which should give you an idea! Within four opening tracks, you have Suite Pee, Sugar and Suggestions, three wildly different tracks showcasing the crazed mix of styles SOAD can deliver - often within the same song. This is an alb for anyone who has ever thought metal is a one note genre. You're wrong. Serj Tankian's lack of inhibition when it comes to his vocals is a delight, moving from traditional metal growls and screams, to opera, to ridiculous comedy squeaks is a pure joy. And yet, while making such a fun album, they also manage to raise serious political issues. I genuinely cannot think of another artist who has done more to raise awareness and recognition of the Armenian genocide by Turkey a century ago, and made genuine, brilliant progress.

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Wed Jan 05 2022
4

I've never been a huge SOAD fan, more casual, but there are some tracks I really enjoy here.

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Tue Jan 25 2022
4

meh not for me but I can see why someone would like it

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Fri Jan 28 2022
4

Fun. I was more used to their later work, so it is great to hear an earlier album.

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Mon Jan 31 2022
4

Good and highly unique/creative album. Very much liked the "up and down" between hard metal and softer parts

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Mon Jan 31 2022
4

Probably the most famous contemporary Heavy Metal band. And certainty the most underrated when it comes to sheer talent, musicianship and songwriting. This albums is produced so well, has a timeless aspect to it, and the signature dynamics and vocals of the band really make them stand out. A bit too long of an album, and lacking in big singles, but a great album nevertheless!

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Mon Jan 31 2022
4

Love this, but I can’t go to 5. It’s a hell of a first record and set a standard for 15 years of metal, but not quite as complete as Toxicity or Mezmerize/Hypnotize.

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Tue Feb 01 2022
4

Oh wow this is going to be fun, haven't listened to System since high school. I always loved Serj's voice in contrast to the heavy metal instrumentals, and their goofy ass lyrics as well as the political stuff they get into. I also remember being so proud of my little trivia tidbit that Serj was an opera singer before SOAD, hence his ridiculous ability to switch up vocal styles. Turns out I still dig it, you can tell they really MEAN their political stances, it's not angsty teenagers this is a lived experience. The music bangs, it's loud, it's angry, and it kicks ass. Also, the squirrely dude isn't singing much on this one which is a plus, let Serj handle the vocals.

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Mon Feb 07 2022
4

I’m surprised that this album is on the list and not Toxicity. That was the album that really broke the band in to the mainstream.

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Sun Feb 20 2022
4

This album could be pretty annoying in large doses but as a one-shot it can't help but get you pumped up. Lyrics are incredible and the energy is off the charts. Can't handle more than one listen in a row though.

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Tue Feb 22 2022
4

This is a great debut by a very creative band, that always challenge the limits of alt and nu metal. The lyrics are, mostly, great, tackling genocide and religion. And I say mostly because System of a Down always finds a way to sound a little conspirational. But in 1998 the world was completely different and it feels more naive than insane. The instrumentation is great, especially Dolmayan's drums - a great influence for other nu metal bands. They also chose the right singles, since "Sugar" and "Spiders" are the best songs.

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Tue Mar 01 2022
4

System of a Down has such a unique musical, vocal and lyrical style that stands out from other heavy bands.

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Sat Mar 05 2022
4

Distilled rage produced well as an album

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Mon Mar 07 2022
4

It was good. Rock on metal.

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Wed Mar 09 2022
4

Thoroughly enjoyed the album. I haven't listened to System of a Down in-depth and found that I liked most of the songs. They're different and heavier than what I normally listen to

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Tue Mar 15 2022
4

Great one

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Wed Mar 23 2022
4

I think this and Korn have made me realize I like more alternative metal/nu metal. Always though metal wasn’t for me but I can get down with this.

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Sat Apr 09 2022
4

This was pretty much as far as I went with nu-metal. I always thought they had something more going on than, say, Crazy Town or Papa Roach; revisiting it now reminded just how short most of these songs are, too, they did quite a lot in these short spaces. Gets a bit wearying at times, perhaps, but solid on the whole.

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Mon Apr 18 2022
4

Not as familiar with this as some of their later stuff, and it's weird this is on the list rather than "Toxicity", but hell, it still rocks _hard_. Fave track - "Peephole" this time around...

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Thu Apr 21 2022
4

Creo que ahora sí valió la pena tener un disco debut porque este es bastante bueno y no lo conocía. Sí tenía la noción de que Toxicity no era el primero, pero no había buscado más. Y bueno, no es cualquier debut… Aunque las rolas no sonaron tanto como las del siguiente disco, igual ya traían a Rick Rubin de productor y la verdad es que en general es muy entretenido y con muy buenos gritos y tamborazos. Se gana la 4a estrella.

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Thu Apr 21 2022
4

Guitarrazos con buen groove y mucho poder. Sugar la mejor del disco. Sólido 4.

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Mon Apr 25 2022
4

J’aime la prod de ce band. Ils ont une façon de faire de la musique agressive mais pas agressante. C’est toujours « rond ». J’aime mieux Toxicity qui est un peu moins brouillon que celui-ci, mais c’est bon pareil. Serj Tankian a toute une apacité vocale quand même. C’est aussi le fun d’entendre les influences arméniennes dans le son du band.

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Sat Apr 30 2022
4

Highlights: Sugar Spiders Mind Peephole Artwork: 7 / 10 Rating: 7,5 / 10

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Sat May 07 2022
4

Every single boy aged 13-17 that I went to high school with in the early 2000s seems to have been fucking obsessed with SOAD. My nu-metal loving skiddy husband was stoked for me to get some System today, his all-time favourite band. He’s a man of his time. There’s more than meets the eye here. I appreciate that it’s not just metal, loud for the sake of loud. The socially conscious hyper-aware lyricism driven by angry, furious instrumentals is so effective. It’s a compelling, well-structured album that rocks.

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Sun May 08 2022
4

The beautiful musical madness of SoAD begins.

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Tue May 10 2022
4

This was System Of A Down’s explosive introduction to the world at large: crunching riffs, sinuous shapes, kombucha mushroom people and all. Play 'Sugar' as the first dance song at your wedding.

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Fri May 13 2022
4

This one is tough to rate. SoaD is such a good band, but I can't stand the screaming growling vocals. If he would just sing, I think they would be one of my favorite bands.

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Sat May 21 2022
4

Neki dan slušao, najdraži njihov album, a isto tako i najžešći. Jutrima dost dobro dođe do posla. Jedan od bendova koji po meni nemaju baš ono loš album, Steal this Album ima svoje loše trenutke, ali općenito sve kad se uzme imaju jako dobru diskografiju.

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Fri May 27 2022
4

Classic but I prefer the album with chop Suey

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Tue May 31 2022
4

4.5

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Wed Jun 01 2022
4

Really good album I particularly enjoyed ‘Soil’ and ‘War’ I will revisit this album. Might have 5 star potential.

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Mon Jun 06 2022
4

I was a sophomore in college when I first heard SOTD and I listened to them constantly. They may have been the unofficial soundtrack to flipping burgers at A&W in South Fargo. I've always loved the mixture of a hard rock with the Armenian ethnic vibe.

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Mon Jun 06 2022
4

Punchy and fun

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Wed Jun 15 2022
4

Teen me would have loved this and had it on heavy rotation with Faith No More's 'Angel Dust'. It's a bit thrashy for my current self and I can't think of a time I'd ever play it outside of this but it was a fun listen.

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Thu Jun 16 2022
4

It’s funny, SOAD never really got to be classified as underground, since they caught on almost immediately. But I don’t think a band this weird caught on since Faith No More. I’ll always have a soft spot for their later material, but I understand why their s/t does it for so many. It is pretty bitchin’, and everyone kills it. B+

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Thu Jun 16 2022
4

I do like soad but I haven't heard this whole album before. It's surprisingly solid for a debut, they already had their sound figured out.

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Sat Jun 25 2022
4

There's so much going on here musically, I feel this would be perfect for listeners with shorter attention spans. So many different ideas all held together with some epic, aggressive metal riffage. In all, a fun, testosterone fueled, scattered record, though I don't think this is SOAD's best. Standouts: Know, Sugar, Peephole

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Tue Jun 28 2022
4

frábær plata

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Sat Jul 09 2022
4

Tinkle dinkle (AHH), Rabba Rabba (AHH!), Ya hinko dinko... *Adam Sandler voice* Why do the imperialists presume themselves the guardians of morality?

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Sat Jul 09 2022
4

ruido agradable, gustoso como soad siempre fue, falta ponerle atención a la letra, no estoy del todo seguro sobre los temas que hablan, pero lo musical es buenísimo, mi favo es "War?" y "Darts". en la tercera escuchada me gustó "Mind", un álbum disfrutable si se busca un rock-metal-pesadito

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Sun Jul 10 2022
4

Harcore, basis for a lot of metal

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Mon Jul 18 2022
4

all high energy fun album with one saved for future listen song

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Mon Jul 18 2022
4

I’ve only heard parts of Chop Suey and know nothing else about System of a Down. I’m not a huge fan of metal and do not like heavy metal. That said there are a few bands that are metal/hard rock that I do like, so I have some familiarity with the genre, even if it is much softer than System of a Down. I can definitely now see the appeal of mosh pits at metal concerts now after this album. I enjoyed this much more than I thought I would. I especially like how quite a few tracks start quieter then get louder quickly. Fav Track: Spiders 4/5

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