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System of a Down [Explicit Lyrics]

System of a DownAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (562 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (June 30, 1998)
  • Original Release Date: 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000007T1M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (562 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,241 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Suite-Pee - System Of A Down
2. Know - System Of A Down
3. Sugar - System Of A Down
4. Suggestions - System Of A Down
5. Spiders - System Of A Down
6. Ddevil - System Of A Down
7. Soil - System Of A Down
8. War?
9. Mind
10. Peephole
11. Cubert
12. Darts
13. P.L.U.C.K. (Politically Lying, Unholy, Cowardly Killers)

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This debut by the L.A.-based quartet is a hybrid of explosive rap-metal, politically incendiary lyrics, and wide-ranging cultural influences. The members are of Armenian descent, but their diverse stylistic background transcends easy cultural labeling. Singer Serj Tankian's throaty roar competes with any mosh-pit rocker around, but his real trademark is his emotional wail and refreshingly melodic singing, especially on songs such as "Spiders" and the condemnatory "P.L.U.C.K." Guitarist Daron Malakian, bassist Shavo Odadjian, and drummer John Dolmayan lock in tight on the capricious arrangements of "Know," "Ddevil," and "CUBErt." Their musical diversity runs wonderfully wild on "Sugar" and "Suggestions" with dizzying shifts of style and intensity. The tracks "Peephole" and "War?" reveal the band at perhaps its eclectic best, with vaguely Eastern European-sounding guitar riffs, passionate battle cries, and samples provided by legendary hip-hop producer Rick Rubin. --Mark McCleerey

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92 of 102 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Numetal? I think not! February 20, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I really don't understand why this band is labeled as numetal. Having listened to this CD, I can safely say that there is nothing on here that even vaguely resembles numetal. There is no rapping, no turntabling, no simple 3-chord Korn riffs, and no indication that this album was made with any intention to get on MTV. What I'm hearing here (if I can describe it) is something much closer to progressive metal, and even death metal. System of a Down has much more in common with bands like Testament and Meshuggah than Korn and Limp Bizkit. In fact, Daron, the guitarist, doesn't even like numetal, so I doubt he appreciates being lumped in that category.
As a person who never really got the whole numetal/rapmetal thing, and would rather listen to just about anything else, I always avoided this album, because I didn't expect it to be "my thing". But, since I try to keep an open mind, I decided to borrow this album (and "Toxicity") from a friend, and just see if I liked it. Wow, good move. I am VERY impressed! This album is nearly perfect in every way. Very heavy, very melodic, and very technical. Daron is far superior to any numetal guitarist, churning out wild time changes, thunderous riffs, and even some solos. John Dolmayan is a very talented drummer, who can do way more than just pound absent-mindedly at his kit, like say, John Otto. He does very complex beats, and some pretty impressive fills. The bass player is nothing special. His basslines are audible, but not very technical. Then there's Serj. The madman behind this masterpiece (there, I said it, I used it the "m" word). Probably one of the most talented and bizarre vocalists there is. He has an amazing voice, and frightening range.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars System for a new century... are you down? March 28, 2000
Format:Audio CD
System of a Down lands at the forefront of the "new metal" movement with their self-titled debut album. I first heard of these guys when Snot brought them up to Santa Barbara to play a show with Manhole (now Tura Satana). Serj and the boys rocked the crowd hard, and left an indelible impression in my mind. Whenever I saw a mention of System in the press, I would remember that show as one of the most impressive I'd seen.
The album is musically tight as a lock. Musically System mix it up from metal riffs to Rage Against The Machine-esque guitar squeals; the songs race along at breakneck speed and then slow to a stop with no warning. "War?" is the album's anthem, a denunciation of the hypocrisy and greed that fuels all war efforts in our time. Other standout tracks are "Darts", "Mind", "Soil", and "Know." System may not be as MTV-friendly as Limp Bizkit or as hardcore as Pantera, but somehow they manage to walk a finer and truer line. Their politics are spoken from the heart, and their music is crushing, melodic, compelling and rocking all at the same time.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not A Jadded Old Fart December 16, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I wasn't gonna write a review(is it necessary, this album is ground zero for what metal should be)until I saw a review that basically says this album is great if you are 15.F**K YOU TOO!!! I'll have you know from the opinion of someone pushing 30 that this album made me realize that not only was metal relevant but vital to our world.I used to be a full on metalhead then the 90s happened and I realized life is too short to swell up your chest with bravado 24/7 and that's all metal was about until Korn came along, but Korn is too imature and trendy for me to champion them. I'll give them their proper respect for breaking new ground but alot of their stuff is boring and drawn out. Then System Of A Down Came along and showed me that you can channel aggression through metal and produce somthing very explosive. I thought Rollins was the only one who knew how to channel aggression properly. System Of A Dowm schooled him. System Of A Down schooled us all. Metal will never be the same, and as long as they countinue to make records, they will be the standard that everyone that has come out after them will be measured against. WAR? is so prophetic, it's scary. Ther is no filler on this album. From Daron's opening harmonic riff to Serj's singing of the word "Down" at the end it's hard to catch your breath or blink and more importantly it's not necessary.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Metal April 27, 2001
Format:Audio CD
System of a Down is one of the most influencial bands in today's metal scene. After the rap metal explosion, they were a major force in bringing metal back to its real form. Songs like Suite-Pee, Soil, and War? show the naturaly heavy side of System, while Suggestions, Peephole, and CUBErt show off their Eastern European flavor. Serj proves himself a great vocalist in Know, DDevil, and Darts, sounding like a cartoon character. The best songs are Spiders, Mind, and Politically Lying, Unholy, Cowadly Killers because they have the ability to take on their own life, and end up emotionally moving you. The only song on here that isn't above and beyond anything else in hardcore metal today is Sugar.
Overall, this CD is excellent. If the thought ever crosses your mind to get a Korn CD, get this one instead. It's well worth it. If you liked this, I recommend Violence by Nothingface, Boy Hits Car's self titled, and the Dracula 2000 soundtrack, which has the rare cut "Metro" on it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars SOAD
Probably the best album ever made, but I would say that with any album Serj Tankian comes out with. BUY THIS NOW.
Published 1 month ago by Serj Tankian
4.0 out of 5 stars Finished my SOAD collection
Great CD to add to any System of a Down fan's collection. This was the only CD of theirs that I didn't have, and now I have it. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Josh Belko
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
People talk about other SOAD albums as they were the greatest but this is definitely THE album. There's no comparison
Published 4 months ago by Marco Noguera Fajardo
5.0 out of 5 stars Best album ever!!!!
I love this album sents it came out!!! This is childhood music to me lol system of a down is the best!!!!!
Published 4 months ago by josh
5.0 out of 5 stars A great metal debut album!
I remember when I first got this album, back before anyone had heard of them. I still think this is my favorite album by them. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Josh Bosely
5.0 out of 5 stars SOAD
An instant classic. The best SOAD album and the heaviest. Every song is original and the album flows so well. A definite headbanger. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Zachary Rodgers
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic.
Perfect late 90's early 2000's pre-nu-metal rock.

SOAD's follow up albums are excellent, in some ways better, cleaner, but still never manage to capture the raw, gritty,... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Radio Guy
1.0 out of 5 stars WHY?
I only kept one song off this, I dont get why some like this band, they have the worst singer i have ever heard, i listen to a lot of music and can only handle a couple of their... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Richard
4.0 out of 5 stars kind of a mish-mash of studio and live.
Even though ther are more than version of some songs, it has enough good songs on it to be rated at a 4
Published 6 months ago by Stephen Maestas
5.0 out of 5 stars SOAD debut album is a must have
The first album from this killer rock act. Its raw and in your face. Serj can go from screaming his lungs out to a soft yet melodic voice. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Joel
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