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System of a Down

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An album by System of a Down

Japanese Version featuring Bonus Tracks.

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Ode to Rock

  • Nov 30, 2005
This is an album that I have been wearing out for years. It is thrashing, insightful, mysterious and never gets old.

System of a Down is without a doubt my favorite Rock band. No doubt, without question. They wreak of aptitude, even as displayed in this their debut album.

If you want an indepth view into each of these songs, it would literally take me thousands of words spread across a hundred pages, so I will sum up my avidity into a breviloquent format.

Frankly that can only happen if I give you an overall sense of the experience of listening to this album an incalculable amount of times. It is an emotional piece of work, displaying a band (labeled by and kicking off the genre of NĂ¼metal, supposedly) which is beginning to find a focus on later greatness. With the release of Mezmerize/Hypnotize, it is highly recommended that you go back to this beginning to understand their foundations. Though their sound may not of been as authentically ethnic as newer work, it still rocks.

Spiders is in my mind (no pun) the crowning achievement of this album in the realm of haunting pulses and envelopment. Suite-Pee, though labeled with a name in no way associated with the song - as many are, is a bold throw against the belief that Christ was a woman. Ddevil is a sarcastic snarl at Satan, amazingly enough. The verses tell about the horrible "photographic relapse, of a people feeding frenzy" then the acerbic line "the devil is so lovely." The exhibition of Good and Evil is still lingering in their music today. SUGAR gives the bouncing breakout song which had youngin's banging their head with glee. It tells, in a roundabout way, the drained emotions of the lonely - playing russian roulette just by exhisting day to day. Others cover the plagues of war and injustices upon the family infrastructure. They fight the agnostic heathen and thumb their noses at anything resembling the formulaic backbone of Rock. They are good, real good. And, blunt.

**The Two bonus tracks included are Marmalade and Storaged, which are songs that are not to be bypassed. For Thirty more bucks? That's between you and the folded hunk of leather in your back pocket.

That touches the skeletal structure of an album that is alive and well. It is refreshingly different, as are all of their albums.

The videos, which can be seen through a number of sources on the net, are worthy of study and combine vision, style and coolness to enhance the songs they represent. {S~A~O~S}

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System of a Down
Label: Sony Japan
Release Date: January 26, 1998

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