System of a Down

Darkside 03-10-2005 09:22 PM
Who here is a fan?
Or am I the only one jumping for ecstatic joy for the new Albums coming out this year?

Talk about the System!!!
Volt 03-10-2005 09:56 PM
I love System. I liked a lot of the songs on Toxicity, but Tsewal This Album! blew me away. A.D.D. is one of my favorite songs. The drums are just so well done. I can't wait for their new albums this year. I can only conjecture what political topics they'll bash. Big Grin
My favorite songs by System of a Down are Chop Suey!, A.D.D., and Snowblind (is that what it's called? I can't remember...).
P.S.: Any clue when their new albums will be coming out this year?
Travis Bickle 03-10-2005 11:30 PM
System is indeed a great band. My favorite album from them is the first self titled one, yet I happen to also like Hypnotize and Mesmorize as well...not that I illegally downloaded them or anything Big Grin
BethMcBeth 03-11-2005 01:18 AM
Oh yes! they are defently a most wicked awesome band! Woot!! ^_^"""
AndroidZeroX 03-11-2005 03:41 AM
Yeah i really like toxicity, i dont think there was a song on there that i didnt like. UNique sound is what makes them rock!
Travis Bickle 04-27-2005 08:49 PM
The video for B.Y.O.B. is amazing. And what's more amazing is I just found this:

quote:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THURSDAY, April 28, 2005


SYSTEM OF A DOWN ANNOUNCE SUMMER TOUR
The Mars Volta will be Special Guests on All Dates

What will undoubtedly be a "must see" tour this summer, SYSTEM OF A DOWN
is confirmed to headline its first major U.S. tour in three years, it is
announced today. While specific dates are being confirmed and will be
announced shortly, the band will kick off a two-month trek in early
August that will see them playing arenas in major and secondary markets
throughout North America. It is also announced that The Mars Volta will
join System of a Down as Special Guests on all of the tour dates; a
third act, yet to be announced, will open the shows.

"We're very excited about getting out on the road this summer," said
System's vocalist Serj Tankian. "It's been a long time since we've done
a major American tour, and with The Mars Volta on the bill, I think
we're giving our fans a terrific show."

System of a Down is currently on a 10-date "guerrilla club tour" playing
small venues and debuting a couple of brand new songs from their
forthcoming release, "Mezmerize," Disc One of the 2-disc set
"Mezmerize/Hypnotize," due out May 17. Disc Two, "Hypnotize," is
expected to be released late this fall. "B.Y.O.B.," the first single
from the new album, is already a Top 10 track at Rock/Alternative radio,
and the band will perform the song when they appear as musical guests on
"Saturday Night Live" May 7.


For the most current news and information on System of a Down, log onto
www.systemofadown.com.
Zopwx2 04-27-2005 08:54 PM
System is pretty cool.

I love the fact that they can rock but they don't use retarded low pitched growl vocals.

Plus their wierd schizophrenic tempo changes and such make for good music.

I was just listening to BYOB, good stuff.
Otherside 04-27-2005 09:03 PM
My sister was in a music video of theirs, and I like them alot, (and all rock) I think my favorite song from them was Chop Suey, cause it was the one my sister was in, and I liked the intro.
Volt 05-26-2005 11:35 PM
I've had Mezmerize a few days, and after listening to it a few times I'm definitely liking it. Song by song, ehre's what I think of it:

BYOB 8/10
Just the guitar intro is amazing enough to give this song a high rating, but it's the way the two completely contradictory moods in the song mesh that make this a great song for me. The one thing I don't like about the song is Serj's "La la la la la la la." And yet, there's soemthing else missing that keeps it from being one of System's greatest. By any means though, a great song.

Revenga 8/10
I really like this song. The fast paced vocals and John's abckground percussion make it a unique song among this album.

Cigaro 7/10
Heh. I just know this one is gonna get controversy. I won't go into depth, but the lyrics are pretty profane (look 'em up on azlyrics.com if you must), and somehow the song just feels odd, but musically it's a decent song. I especially like the "Cool, in denial" part. A good song, but not on of the Album's greatest by any means.

Radio/Video 8.5/10
This song is catchy as all hell. I love it, but again it's just missing the undescribable quality that makes the greatest SOAD songs great.

This Cocaine Makes Me Feel Like I'm On This Song 7/10
Well, it's fast-paced, but otherwise nothing really stands out for me.

Violent Pornography 8/10
Like R/V, it's very catchy, but the lyrics are so weird that I really can't take it seriously.

Question! 9.5/10
Here we go! This is already among my favorite SOAD songs. I love the guitar, and this is some of Serj's best singing yet. I really can't say much bad about this song.

Sad Statue 8.5/10

My favorite part of this song is how the chrous happens so suddenly. The lyrics in the chorus are also very catchy.

Old School Hollywood 7.5/10
Roll Eyes If Mezmerize were a classroom, OSH would be the eccentric class clown. It obviously doesn't want to be taken seriously, but deep down, it's kinda cool. The robot voice combiens with the cheesy synth stuff to form a pretty enjoyable song.

Lost in Hollywood 10/10
At first, I didn't see much of anythign special out of this song. But after a few times listening to it, an indescribable amazement dawned on me. There's just something in this song that no other song I've heard in months has had. I love this song. It's already one of my favorite songs of all time. It's a very slow song, and Serj and especially Daron do a great job of creating an atmosphere of loss and despair. There aren't more than a few lines and the song is very simple, yet it seems epic and amazing. Destined to go down with Ego Brain, Chop Suey, and A.D.D. as one of SOAD's best songs of all time in my book, Lost in Hollywood is the closest thing to perfect I've heard in a long time.

Overall: 8.5/10
Mezmerize doesn't quite measure up to Steal This Album!, in my opinion, but it really has mastrepieces, and when it's only half of the final product, how can you complain? For anyone who doesn't suck, Mezmerize should be on your must buy list. I can't recommend it enough.
Travis Bickle 05-26-2005 11:58 PM
Mezmerize is decent. However, Question! sounds too much like the goddamn overplayed Aerials, which sucked hardcore.

Lost in Hollywood would be better if it didn't have sh**ty lyrics.

Example:

All you maggots smoking fags out there on Sunset Boulevard.

All you bitches put your hands in the air and wave them like you just don't care.


Yeah...somebody needs to learn from the master of all songwriters, Paul McCartney (Someone’s knockin’ at the door/Somebody’s ringin’ the bell/Do me a favor/Open the door and let ’em in. YOU DON'T GET LYRICS LIKE THAT ANYMORE)</sarcasm>

My favorite tracks on the album are B.Y.O.B. and Cigaro, for their political driven lyrics (except about the guy's c*** and balls), kick ass riffs, and vocals. Everything else is just fair (though I do like This Cocaine Makes Me Feel Like I'm On This Song).

But I felt like supporting them since I pirated the album, and it was a waste of 13 bucks. Plus, there were a lot of songs from my downloaded copy of Mezmerize that were not released on the album, which pissed me off.

Hypnotize is ok.

They need to write more about politics.

Edit: I must admit, for some odd reason, these are the best chorus I've ever heard from SOAD:

quote:
We're the regulators that de-regulate
We're the animators that de-animate
We're the propagators of all genocide
Burning through the world's resources, then we turn and hide


Think about the truth in that...
Volt 05-27-2005 12:07 AM
quote:
Originally posted by Bleedthrough
Lost in Hollywood would be better if it didn't have sh**ty lyrics.

Example:

All you maggots smoking fags out there on Sunset Boulevard.

All you bitches put your hands in the air and wave them like you just don't care.



Somehow I don't really even care that the lyrics sort of suck. Musically it seems really captivating to me.
I was surprised at the lack of political songs, though (could you PM me exactly what Cigaro is about? I heard somewhere but wasn't very clear). Overall, I think I'm gonna have to say it's the worst of the four albums so far, but I still found it very enjoyable.
Travis Bickle 05-27-2005 12:16 AM
quote:
Originally posted by Volt
quote:
Originally posted by Bleedthrough
Lost in Hollywood would be better if it didn't have sh**ty lyrics.

Example:

All you maggots smoking fags out there on Sunset Boulevard.

All you bitches put your hands in the air and wave them like you just don't care.



Somehow I don't really even care that the lyrics sort of suck. Musically it seems really captivating to me.
I was surprised at the lack of political songs, though (could you PM me exactly what Cigaro is about? I heard somewhere but wasn't very clear). Overall, I think I'm gonna have to say it's the worst of the four albums so far, but I still found it very enjoyable.


It doesn't really matter what the lyrics are about. However, it should be obvious, since they make a ton more sence then My Chemical Romance or the Mars Volta.

Just look to the lyrics.
Blue Crow 05-27-2005 04:38 PM
i've heard better.

a LOT better.

-BC
Volt 05-27-2005 09:48 PM
quote:
Originally posted by Blue Crow
i've heard better.

a LOT better.

-BC


...K.
*listens to Mezmerize*
cookie_dough_monster 08-29-2005 12:31 AM
i liked just about the entire album. i thought that old school hollywood was kinda strange. lost in hollywood was pretty good both musically and lyrically. i liked how it FINALLY said for people just standing around and smoking to do something useful. byob was not as good as some others, like question! and radio/video. it sends a powerful message about people, but it tended to be non- political. im hoping that hypnotize makes more political songs.
Kairi 09-14-2005 08:07 PM
YOU LOSE

Seriously, I hate this band.
spiked-knives 09-29-2005 11:11 PM
can't argue with you here. this is a great band. everything they do turns out good. lets hope they can keep going good like they are.

good chop suey rocked f***ing hard
Volt 10-03-2005 10:53 PM
I saw them in Denver yesterday. It was amazing. The set list (not in order, and probably missing a few.... they played a lot):
Soldier Side
BYOB
Suggestions
Suite-Pee
Revenga
Cigaro
Violent Pornography
Sad Statue
Question
Lost in Hollywood
Mr. Jack (sadly, the only song from STA, but great. Complete with "F*** YOU PIG" lighting up on the back)
Know
War?
Needles (oh man, I loved this. At the beginning Daron said "Rocky Mountain High..." (a high school in the area that I hate) and some people cheered. Then, "...pull the tapeworm out of your ass." Hahaha. It was awesome.)
Deer Dance
Chop Suey
Prison Song
Bounce
Forest
Toxicity
Aerials
Kill Rock n Roll (I think I was about the only one who knew it.... but it was awesome)
Hypnotize
Sugar

They ended with Sugar, which, although to me it doesn't seem like much of a finale song, worked out great.
Also, one of the coolest parts: Daron started playing "Sultans of Swing", substituting the title for "System of a Down". It was really cool and unexpected, seeing that it's a kick ass song and I hadn't heard it in a while.
Another cool moment: a security guard dropped a crowd surfer. Shavo, standing on a cabinet, spits on the security guard, who doesn't even notice. Big Grin
The concert ended around 11:30. My sister, mom (who didn't go to the concert, just went around Denver) and I had to spend the night in a hotel so we didn't have to make the 2 hour trek home. I only got a few hours of sleep and still had to go to school (ehhhhhhh), but it was worth it. Thumbs Up Thumbs Up Thumbs Up
Sharpshooter005 10-24-2005 06:25 AM
quote:
i liked how it FINALLY said for people just standing around and smoking to do something useful.


Hey system of a down...which one of you was the father of the atomic bomb again? The drummer?

OH WAIT NO, IT WASN'T YOU IT WAS A MAN WHO SMOKED BOTH UNFILTERED CIGARETTES AND A PIPE.



Unless by smoking you meant...you know, the ganja. Then I suppose you have a point. Except even then...Bob Marley, and I'm none too fond of drugs but even I have to admit no, you couldn't be more wrong.

Furthermore the richard cheese cover of chop suey is in many ways better than the original.

quote:
t sends a powerful message about people


"Hey hey LBJ, how many kids did you kill today" is a powerful message.

Howling "WHY DO THEY ALWAYS SEND THE POOR" fourty times at the end of your song is what happens when you try too hard to be "deep".

Also you "send the poor" because statistically theres more people classifiable as "poor", and also it's a volunteer force. Unless you're arguing we begin imposing some kind of socio-economic quota system on this, at which point don't be shocked when nobody listens to you. Not everything is grounds for some half-baked social experiment. Please get off my property now.

(Then again I guess in some way I kind of liked the song toxicity..so...thats a point in their favor I suppose? I don't even know anymore.)
Travis Bickle 11-09-2005 08:53 PM
So Hypnotize, as an album, is meh. It would have been a lot better if they just made it one whole cd.

And Needles is still their best song...evah...