System Of A Down - Chop Suey (Music Video)
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  • The way that Odajian works with Dolmayan who works with Malakian who works with Tankian is definitely a nice chemistry in the band
  • The Song – Although Chop Suey isn’t exactly a “ballad” like song in the sense that I suppose I would consider Aerials is, the two songs share a similar structure because both songs feature heavy verses with heavy choruses followed by a pretty heavy and aggressive bridge, Chop Suey to a larger extent than Aerials though
  • It’s sort of an odd visual but it’s not really an effect that I like all that much, it isn’t bad but it isn’t an effect that really impresses me


    • by Grimmy101
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      Overview – Chop Suey, another music video and single released by System Of A Down for their second record, Toxicity, is one of their more well known songs, and for good reason I’d say. The song has a lot of energy behind it yet it still has some softer vocal sections along with some catchy melodies. Chop Suey is a good example of a System Of A Down song where the musicians in the band all seem to be really in tune with each other. The way that Odajian works with Dolmayan who works with Malakian who works with Tankian is definitely a nice chemistry in the band. The bass and drums create a nice rhythm section while the drum patterns work nicely with Malakian’s attacking guitar riffs that are reinforced with Tankian’s incredibly aggressive vocal delivery. Another excellent song where the lyrics really aren’t straightforward, even if a System song seems straightforward, it’s most likely going to have some kind of deeper meaning, I can guarantee that with Serj Tankian and Daron Malakian handling lyrics. Among the songs off of Toxicity, or really off the first three records for that matter, Chop Suey ranks among my

      favorites.

      The Song – Although Chop Suey isn’t exactly a “ballad” like song in the sense that I suppose I would consider Aerials is, the two songs share a similar structure because both songs feature heavy verses with heavy choruses followed by a pretty heavy and aggressive bridge, Chop Suey to a larger extent than Aerials though. Both Chop Suey and Aerials also start with more melodic guitar parts before leading into heavier sections. I remember that this was one of the System Of A Down songs that always stuck out to me and was always one of my favorites, even after all this time has passed, Chop Suey still remains to be one of my favorite System Of A Down songs, particularly from their earlier days. Chop Suey is another song which has pretty abstract lyrics and I assume symbolize something greater than how I interpret, but what I get out of it is an abusive relationship, between whatever people, which ends in a suicide. I’m aware that the original title of this song was “Suicide” but changed for more airplay and the lyrics also deal with suicide a bit so this interpretation makes sense to ...


      • me personally at least. Chop Suey is very driving to say the least and the energy of the song is excellent, as just about all of System Of A Down’s music is, yet they still manage to balance this drive with more melodic aspects, particularly during the choruses of this song where even a piano can be heard. During the bridge of this song Malakian and Tankian also share a vocal section which trades off back and forth, showing Malakian developing and progressing into a bit more of a lead singer role, something he’d really take on for Mezmerize and Hypnotize.

        The Video – Chop Suey is pretty much a performance video of the band playing to a group of their fans who are surrounded around the stage that System is on. Although I can’t clearly remember if System Of A Down released a message of some kind inviting fans to this music video, I honestly can’t see hired hands being filmed in this music video, these are the real and genuine fans. I really like when bands include their own fans in their music video, meaning inviting a bunch of them to the shooting of the

        video, it just adds a certain touch to videos that I personally like. I remember that for the other music video where System Of A Down was performing, War, the crowd seemed a bit dead for the most part with a few exceptions. However, with Chop Suey the crowd flows perfectly well with the music and their energy definitely matches the energy of System themselves on this music video, that’s one thing that I didn’t really feel with the music video for War, the band may have had an excellent sense of energy but the crowd didn’t match that. This music video uses a camera effect where the members of System are shown sort of walking through each other or passing through each other. It’s sort of an odd visual but it’s not really an effect that I like all that much, it isn’t bad but it isn’t an effect that really impresses me. Some of the scenes where it shows Tankian standing and then the camera goes sort of upside down and Malakian shows up looks a lot cooler to me, visually. Put simply, yes it’s a performance video, but it’s a performance video with a lot of energy to it.




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