System Of A Down
i love system of a down
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i love forsaken
>>By james_dead_dark_kathren (Tuesday, 11 Nov 2003 00:31)
Metro and Johnny are such cool songs!!
>>By Sk8a H8a (Saturday, 29 Nov 2003 18:23)
im going to go against the mold here just for the hell of it. System has some good tunes, but sometimes they seem to half ass a few of their songs. For example, sugar and chop suey kick ass, but toxicity was kind of weak. Just my personal opinion.
>>By leedaflea (Tuesday, 2 Dec 2003 05:57)
Well, I'm going to stick with the horde of smart people when I say that Toxicity was one of their best songs, so there. Sugar, meh. It's alright.
>>By Zephyr (Wednesday, 3 Dec 2003 03:00)
Sugar is my second favourite song ever, and it's my fave by SOAD. It's better than Toxicity, which is still an alright song.
>>By Sk8a H8a (Wednesday, 3 Dec 2003 10:56)
There's no bad songs on any of SOAD's albums for me. Forest I didn't really like for some reason. All the songs on "Steal this album!" are brilliantly thought out too. Nothing is ever half assed. I don't consider short songs, or songs with simple lyrics half assed at all either (e.g. "36" and "F*ck the System") -- its also the way Serj sings it and the intensity/passion the instruments are played at that also must be taken into account. I used to thing the only good songs could be 8 minute Metallica-esque progressive metal songs, but SOAD opened my mind to appreciating the sub 3 minute track.
>>By ftad (Friday, 5 Dec 2003 02:26)
I love Forest - of course it has a really obvious meaning, unlike the other songs on the album. I don't really like the singing in Pictures but the music is brilliant. Still, my favourite on "Steal This Album!" is IEAIAIO...
>>By Sk8a H8a (Friday, 5 Dec 2003 13:40)
They are ta sweetest punk band ever, they have such a blink 182 sound
>>By willieawesomeX (Sunday, 22 Feb 2004 10:24)
Although I first felt their music was "Noise"....
I kinda began liking them cuz their lyrics made a lotta sense...n I guess,their tunes give a new dimension to modern rock...love the song "Toxicity"
"Steal This Album"...rockkkkkssss!!
>>By listen (Monday, 23 Feb 2004 19:52)
Blink 182?? You can so not be serious. Blink 182 are nothing like as heavy or as provocative as SOAD.
>>By Sk8a H8a (Monday, 23 Feb 2004 20:59)
yea...was wondering bout the blink 182 thing myself..
duznt make much sense comparing them with s.o.a.d...
>>By listen (Monday, 23 Feb 2004 21:07)
Heh Sk8a H8a weren't you making some sort of correlation between Avril Lavigne and SOAD before?
>>By ftad (Sunday, 29 Feb 2004 21:31)
No, I was just saying that she did a cover of Chop Suey! It's pretty funny.
>>By Sk8a H8a (Monday, 1 Mar 2004 08:48)
Ah I wasn't aware of that. That I gotta see!
>>By ftad (Monday, 1 Mar 2004 18:19)
Haha yeah. She's pretty good at screaming, but she forgets the words and stuff. Also her singing is absolutely shameless... Oh well, the whole point is that it's amusing.
>>By Sk8a H8a (Monday, 1 Mar 2004 20:40)
Any URL's to this clip you can give me?
>>By ftad (Tuesday, 2 Mar 2004 07:32)
No sorry, I downloaded it from WINMX. That's a downloading thing in case you didn't know... It might also be on Kazaa. I think I've deleted it now because there are too many files on my computer. But there's probably someone else who has it on Kazaa or WINMX , if you use either of those two.
>>By Sk8a H8a (Tuesday, 2 Mar 2004 11:26)
Check this out...
Very funny clip with a song of SoaD
>>By Campking (Tuesday, 2 Mar 2004 12:33)
Hahaha that is so funny because it is so true... I mean I do that when I listen to Chop Suey! Supremely cool. The second half of the song with the "forsaken me"s always gives me a rush of blood to the head, except sometimes when it's so cold that I start crying... It's one Hell of a great song, although I'm not sure it entirely fits in with the album. The same goes for Aerials. They're both awesome songs but neither of them are particularly heavy, like the other songs. Nor do they seem to fit in with the "Toxicity" theme. Well, maybe Aerials does. I'm not so sure about Bounce either. How is that toxic?
Sadly I did delete the Avril cover, but there are probably loads of other people who have it that you could download it from. At any one time on WINMX there are usually about two users with a copy of the file online. It's definitely worth downloading, for a good laugh - for anyone who loves Avril and SOAD.
>>By Sk8a H8a (Tuesday, 2 Mar 2004 17:37)
Speaking of covers but a bit off topic -- I heard Evanescence did a cover of Soundgarden's "Jesus Christ Pose" and "4th of July" (I can't rememeber how that song goes anymore), and Smashing Pumpkins' "Zero" in their concerts. That would have been interesting to hear. Can you imagine Amy singing Zero in an operatic style voice :)?
Erm I dunno if Toxicity was meant to be a concept album as such. Probably just the best sounding name of a single in which to name the album.
But if you want to be creative and stretch things far enough, the self-righteous suicide (if taking the suicide meaning of the song) you could get lead poisoning from a rusty razor blade. Aerials could refer to 747's and Satellites up in the sky/space, that consume ridiculous amounts of fuel that pollute the Earth. And Bounce could refer to the toxic morals of society in gang banging little girls. Shrugs.
Yes pretty much all SOADs songs are good. Go get "Steal this Album!" Sk8a H8a.
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heh amusing clip. Is that you on the left Campking ?
>>By ftad (Wednesday, 3 Mar 2004 10:25)
I'm sure Sk8a H8a already has "Steal This Album!" *looks innocent* It's my least favourite of the three albums, but I still love it. My favourite song on there is "I E A I A I O". I never worked out what was being sung on there so I had to look up the lyrics on their site.
I have to agree with the toxicity thing about "Aerials" and "Chop Suey!" I did think about the moral thing in "Bounce" but I wasn't sure. The reason I figured toxicity was the theme of the album was because so many of the songs are about the faults of modern society - obvious examples are "Prison Song" and "Science". The thing about toxicity is that ever since the Industrial Revolution, the atmosphere has become more polluted and toxic, along with the degrading of morals sparked by the social revolution that was created by the new technology. Another reason I thought of Toxicity as a concept album was that its title is actually the name of a song, unlike the other two albums.
System of a Down was obviously a self-titled debut - sadly they seem to have lost the energy they had in that album. I find it amusing that of the three albums, only Toxicity had a "Parental Advisory Content" sticker on it, and that's the only one with no swearing! I enjoy System of a Down most because the songs on it have very powerful music. However, Toxicity has more powerful lyrics, and it's a lot heavier. I won't deny that sometimes "Forest" makes me cry.
>>By Flake 1.6 (Wednesday, 3 Mar 2004 11:44)
Oh yeah the "Peter picked a pepper" song... and after the I E A I A I O bit, he sings "and we light up the sky... on the 4th of July".
I never really thought of 'Toxicty' as being a concept one. That's because SOAD always sing about the ills of society and things on a regional and global level such as war. But yes 'Toxicity' the album does sound as if the whole thing is singing about Los Angeles. The Toxicity of that city (in many different contexts) as a microcosm of urbanisation.
I was skeptical of 'Steal this Album!' at first. But it grew on me after many listens. I think I even like it more than 'Toxicity' now. Their self-titled album I like the least even though it's the rawest of the 3, and Serj does some hysterical things with his voice such as on "Suggetions" and that snort somewhere.
Forest is one of my least fave songs on Toxicity (even though I heard it was about his dad's denial) but to each their own :)
>>By ftad (Wednesday, 3 Mar 2004 20:29)
I like "Forest" a lot because it was the first song I heard by SOAD. It's one of my friends' favourite songs, so she recommended it to me which is how I got into SOAD. That was only last year - I went out and bought all three of the albums at once, after downloading a few of their other songs.
I really enjoy a lot of the songs which don't feature on the albums, although "Steal This Album!" is very well arranged - moreso than "System of a Down" or "Toxicity". Of course, SOAD have grown more professional with time, although that could just be a fluke. "Toxicity" was a really successful album, and their style of recording has definitely evolved since then. I don't know if you've heard some of their advances for "Steal This Album!", but they're pretty cool, although nothing like as well produced as the finished songs.
>>By Flake 1.6 (Thursday, 4 Mar 2004 23:31)
Forest is excellent.
>>By Undertone (Sunday, 7 Mar 2004 02:18)
It is, yes. The guitars and vocals are BOTH very special, which is unusual in SOAD songs. Usually there's one notable element of the song - in Forest there are two. "Walk with me my little child - eh!" I'm not going to attempt to turn the guitars into text, although I wish I could...
>>By Sk8a H8a (Sunday, 7 Mar 2004 03:43)
About the song "Know"... Does anybody have any idea what the word "know" is all about? Is he trying to ironically make it sound like he's saying "no", or is the shouting a command to know, as in telling people to stop being so ignorant? While other SOAD songs have comparitively simple meanings, this one completely puzzles me.
The songs in Toxicity have fairly obvious meanings, apart from "Jet Pilot" and "Chop Suey!" and these 2 are still understandable. One of the main reasons I love SOAD is because their songs have such deep meanings, which is why I love their first album the best.
"Steal This Album!" is also really cool, especially the song "Roulette", which is totally unlike anything else I've ever heard by SOAD! Anyone who hasn't heard this song has got to listen to it, even if they don't like SOAD. My ex-girlfriend liked it, even though she generally likes nothing but emo and punk. I can't imagine anyone not liking "Roulette".
>>By Flake 1.6 (Sunday, 21 Mar 2004 10:34)
Ugh...emo. Yeah, I was always wondering about that song myself...at the beginning, what are they saying? Is that Armenian or something?
>>By Zephyr (Sunday, 21 Mar 2004 15:28)
Which one? Know or Roulette? They both have English at the beginning.
First line from Know: "I will never feed off the evergreen lustre of your heart"
First line from Roulette: "I have a problem that I cannot explain"
>>By Sk8a H8a (Sunday, 21 Mar 2004 16:28)
ok i suppose...even i was suprised when i first listened to it and found that i actually liked it....so far i had alaways tought that i hated metal....i own to this band...
>>By HY - (Monday, 22 Mar 2004 00:09)
Great band...such a shame that they're actually racists...
>>By bluedatura (Tuesday, 23 Mar 2004 10:57)
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