Sound — 8
This is a very different CD in terms of System's style. This is a well recorded disc and is good quality but if you listen to there newest single 'defy you' it has a very distinct resemblence to a much earlier hit of theirs 'nuguns' I myself am a huge fan of SOAD but I was really dissapointed with this one mishaps. Otherwise this is a very enjoyable album, the band seem to have created a new System, still retaining their old qualities and recognisable sound but with a very new and fresh blast! They remain as heavy and as brilliant as ever. The group also seem to have also adapted a new dress code to go with their sounds, very class, very rock. Anyone who has seen the video for their newest hit 'BYOB' will have noticed this.
Lyrics — 8
Daaron seems to have found a hidden talent of his as he now has a much greater role then just backing vocals, he shares the writing and singing in many of the new songs along with serg. He did this to a certain extent prior to this album but has stepped it up a notch, this is also evident in 'BYOB' Serg's ideas remain tightly focused on his hatered of the American government, amongst war and various other ideas. He still remains a talented and well respected vocalist.
Overall Impression — 8
It is very different so therefore is hard to compare to previous albums. I think BYOB and Sad Statue are the most influencial and powerful songs on this album. I think this new type of 'System' is fantastic but there older material still remains the best for me. There is not much I dislike on this record apart from the lyrically remastered 'nuguns' which is now defy you, good song but a let down on the bands part, in my opinion. For all System Of A Down lovers I think it's worth while buying, and also for those that don't yet appreciate their music.