Sound — 9
The sound in this album really generates a original feel for the true hard core system.It brings back the super heavy riffs that seam more lost in the newer albums like mesmerize and hypnotize. Then in some of the tracks it kind of reminds you of a musical or an opera the way serj sings, especially in CUBErt. You get the feel like your in a circus almost. A very original unique sound that came out of this album and it hasn't been done that often by very many other bands, System of A Down can pull it off.
Lyrics — 9
The lyrics from this album were very very deep and they deal with issues in life at home such as abuse and neglect. If you read the article on back of the album and the other article on the bottom of the lyrics in the case then you can tell that the system is dealing with very heavy deep material, but when you listen to some of the songs it is hard to make out because serj is singing so fast. Also some of the lyrics are way screwy, and don't make any sense. In the song Sugar the verses have meaning but the Chorus and the coda are just F----- up! They did do a nice job with making it work though, agian System of a Down can pull it off!
Overall Impression — 9
This album, I think/I hope, will stand out amongst other and stand through the test of time, but all things have an end. It brought that originality back into metal and started the foundation for future musicians, without the system I don't think the world would be the same. I love how different the tempo and the timing is in each song, because it is almost never the same, it is hard to follow, but that's good. Everyone loves a good surprise, and when TheSystem of a Down came out with this album, well surprise mother f------!