Sound — 8
This is supposed to be nu-metal but you can hear a lot of extra stuff sometimes, like the synthesizer stuff in old school hollywood. although it does sound good sometimes, it gets a little annoying. this would've been better if they'd just stuck with their old stuff just a little more. just like Korn, they experimented with a new sound but did not come out with as good results as before. the heavier stuff in this album was great, though, and I liked it a lot.
Lyrics — 10
the lyrics are anti-government and about war. the lyrics in B.Y.O.B. (bring your own bombs) are really strong, and asks the question "Why do they always send the poor?" and asks why the presidents don't fight the war themselves. This may sound like a scheme to get more people to listen to them, but if you listen to it more, you can tell that they really mean it and don't just do it for popularity, like green day. serj has a really unique voice that makes System of a Down better than a lot of other bands. In addition to anti-government, the lyrics also are against hollywood, because maybe one or more have had "bad" experiences with hollywood or just don't like hollywood. Jack Jabarti (I think that's how you spell it) is a real person and so is the Frankie guy (I couldn't really hear the last name). System Of A Down also has some lyrics about a lot of media being "brainwashing" people, like in the song "Violent Pornography", he states "The shit, you get on your TV."
Overall Impression — 9
Compared to other artists, system of a down are "uncontested" for their creativity and unique style, and not just being mainstream like some bands. Some of the most impressive songs are "BYOB", "Violent Pornography", "Lost In Hollywood", and "radio/video". I loved how it was unique and also great to listen to. This is one of my favorite bands of all time. If stolen, I would buy it again and if I found out who stole it, I'd get it back and make 'em buy 10 copies of this album.