Sound — 10
System Of A Downs sound is very unique. There is no band in the world like them, there mix of crazy random inventiveness and stunning musicianship is really special. The guitaring is brutal and heavy, yet finely crafted, while the drumming is very powerful and does more than accompany their songs. Serj's voice just defines System, crazy yet beautiful. Also the vocal harmonies between Serj and Daron are absolutely incredible. The last 30 seconds of 'Chop Suey' leaves u astounded at the vocal displays, absolutely gorgeous.
Lyrics — 9
The singing skills are absoluely amazing, words cannot do justice. The lyrics however can be very forceful and political, but can also be a bit random and wierd as shown in songs like 'Bounce'. They can make you laugh, emotional or even furious.
Overall Impression — 10
This is one of the greatest albums I own, its raw passion and aggression merged into a CD. The highlights are: The Prison Song, Deer Dance, Chop Suey (best song on the album), Bounce, Toxicity (also awesome) and Ariels. Everything is great, exept it could do with a bit cutting of the more useless songs such as 'X' and 'Jet Pilot' apart from which the album shows no signs of weakness. Highly recommended.