System of a Down review by System of a Down

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  • Released: Oct 12, 1998
  • Sound: 8
  • Lyrics: 10
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 8.7 Superb
  • Users' score: 9.3 (184 votes)
System of a Down: System of a Down
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Sound — 8
This is System's best album so far. The Armenian trio has made some of the coolest sounding metal riffs in the past five years.

Lyrics — 10
There are dozens of metaphors and symbolisms in Malakian's lyrics, and Serj's voice is very versatile. He can go from a calm singing to a strange moaning to a manic yelling.

Overall Impression — 8
This is a very good album, and I recommend it to anyone who likes metal. System of a Down is one of the few bands in metal today who aren't considered nu-metal losers.

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