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  • Overview – The self-titled debut album by System Of A Down definitely made a new mark on the genre of metal in my opinion
  • Although I’m not a huge fan of Korn, I will say that I think they had a very distinct sound from any of the bands around that time and they would have to be even more influential than System Of A Down
  • Back on topic, I say that this album left a mark on metal because it has to be from one of the best nu-metal bands of the 1990’s
  • The Good – The aggression and just overall tone of this album is amazing
  • Some of Malakian’s riffs are just sort of boring chugging at a fast tempo, but since it fits the song itself, I really can’t complain about it much


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      Overview – The self-titled debut album by System Of A Down definitely made a new mark on the genre of metal in my opinion. During the time of this album’s release, there honestly wasn’t a whole lot of good heavy music still going on like it had been during the 80’s. In fact, as far as I’m concerned, grunge had basically killed off all of the good metal and what was left was terrible. However, there were obviously some exceptions to this statement. Although I’m not a huge fan of Korn, I will say that I think they had a very distinct sound from any of the bands around that time and they would have to be even more influential than System Of A Down. However, I personally just like System’s music a lot more than Korn’s – it just seems to be a bit more dynamic, melodic, and varied. Back on topic, I say that this album left a mark on metal because it has to be from one of the best nu-metal bands of the 1990’s. I try not to group bands into subgenres extremely often, but I will for this case. I’ve heard a lot of the nu-metal of the

      90’s, and honestly, aside from a few bands – it’s all terrible. System Of A Down would just have to be the one band that I felt were the best at this style of music and my personal favorite. This album isn’t their best, or my favorite, by any means, but it made it clear that this band was something to watch for.

      The Good – The aggression and just overall tone of this album is amazing. With Serj Tankian leading the attack on vocals, the album is extremely, and I can’ t stress this enough, aggressive from start to finish. Accompanying Tankian is guitarist Daron Malakian who blends in very nicely with the singer due to his very fast, heavy, and aggressive chugging guitar riffs. I’m not extremely sure of the tuning Malakian wrote this album in, I believe it’s drop C or drop C#, but this gives his guitars along with Shavo Odajian’s bass an extremely heavy tone. The most well known song on this album would probably be Sugar which I personally think is a good song, one of my favorites of this album along with “War?” A very big positive of this album is that despite it’s extreme aggression, it ...


      • did manage to keep melody to it which is a task that most nu-metal bands seem to truly fail at in my opinion. Generally if you have a very aggressive sound, then you sacrifice a lot of melody or vice versa, however System manages to find a balance between the two extremes and come out with a sound which is extremely appealing to me. Another thing which I haven’t talked about yet, which is surprising, is the lyrics. System Of A Down has always been known for very strange and metaphorical, yet brilliant, lyrics – and this album definitely showcased a bit of that. Although Malakian’s and Tankian’s lyrics would develop throughout the later albums, this album definitely set them apart from most other bands lyrically as well. None of the songs on this record are extremely straightforward lyrically, in fact, I still have problems trying to understand what Malakian and Tankian are truly writing about, some of the material is just so obscure that I have difficulties with it. However I think that’s one of the best things about System Of A Down. They don’t simply come out and state what they’re singing about, they’ll present it through excellent metaphors and through symbolism
        to allow the listener to come up with the interpretation on their own. This alone is a trait which sets the band apart from so many others at this time.

        The Bad – Now personally I really don’t have all that many complaints about this album, but obviously I do have a few. Now although I do think that System was able to find a nice balance between melody and aggression, there isn’t really any song on here which is extremely melodic which is something I personally really like to hear on an album, but then again I have to remember that this is a nu-metal album. Thankfully, System did eventually do some songs which had very melodic parts on future albums, but as far as this album, there really isn’t anything too close to that – most of it is just very aggressive metal from the start to finish of this album. But besides this, there really isn’t anything very weak about this album. Some of Malakian’s riffs are just sort of boring chugging at a fast tempo, but since it fits the song itself, I really can’t complain about it much. It may be slightly generic in some parts, but since it’s done tastefully, it isn’t a huge deal.




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