16 Years of SOAD’s “Toxicity”

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Yep, you read that right – it’s been 16 whole years since the skillful Armenian rockers System Of A Down dished out one of the best albums ever. Feeling old yet?

 

About the album

“Toxicity” is the band’s second studio album, and arguably their most popular one as well! Flooded with instant classics such as “Chop Suey!” and “Aerials,” the album ended up defining SOAD’s sound to fans all over the globe. The album was released on Sept. 4, 2001 via Columbia Records and ended up at number one on both the Billboard 200 and the Canadian Albums Chart.

Every single one of Toxicity’s singles were on the Billboard Hot 100. The single “Aerials” went all the way to number one on both the Mainstream Rock Songs chart and on the Modern Rock Tracks chart. The album received loads of praise from fans and critics for its sound and innovative qualities.

“Toxicity” has been officially categorized as alternative metal, thrash metal, hard rock, art metal, heavy metal, and nu metal. Gee – that’s a whole lot of metal! “Toxicity” also features elements from other popular music genres. These include folk, progressive metal, progressive rock, jazz, thrash metal, Middle Eastern music, and even Greek music.

 

The Tracks

According to ScreamingGuitars.com, Serj Tankian wanted to sing more in this album. He wanted to bring something raw and fresh to the band and its sound. The sounds range from angry to quirky.

“I always want to introduce new ideas and new stuff because that’s what art is all about. So if I’m screaming, I have a reason in my mind for what I’m doing, and if I’m sounding like a crazy man there’s a point for that, too. The same thing goes for when I’m singing without any aggression at all”

-Serj Tankian on writing music, from loudwire.com

 

Now knowing a little more about it, go give the album a listening to in honor of 16 whole years of pure awesomeness.

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