System Of A Down - System Of A Down (Music CD)
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System of a Down sees itself as being an integral part of anew musical
revolution of heavy music. On the surface, the band's manifesto seems tangential
to Rage Against the Machine's; but musically SOAD is a groove-metal machine,
with a sound that incorporates a punk ethic, Panteraesque riffs, and a
schizophrenic vocal approach reminiscent of Mike Patton.
Like a dose of chicken soup for a disconnected moshing youth, SYSTEM OF A DOWN is unrelenting. "Sugar" segues from neo-jazz verses into pounding thrash-core choruses. "Spiders" shows more depth, dynamics, and even poetic, melodic vocals. The production of the album is raw and very close to that of a live album, surely a deliberate stroke by producer Rick Rubin (who has put many metal bands on the map under his guidance). On "Soil", vocalist Serj Tankian questions the ideology of democracy. With possibly more conspiracy theories than an episode of THE X-FILES, System of a Down explores the concept of mass influence through technology in "War?" The essence of SYSTEM OF A DOWN can be found in "P.L.U.C.K"; the song's title says it all, an acronym for "politically lying, unholy, cowardly killers".
1. Suite Pee
12. Darts PLUCK