September 4, 2001 - 2021: 20 years of: Toxicity.

They're trying to build a prison.

Through the swamp of rapmetal wannabes and nümetal un-metals of the end of the millennium, a new vulgar display of power arises from the ashes of Los Angeles ...look up, look down, a new regime, a new system !

A solid left-punch was thrown with 1998's self-titled Rick Rubin produced exhibition and now the gloves come off for the finishing knuckle knock-out ...SYSTEM OF A DOWN is a total game-changer !

The opening cut "Prison Song" punches and stops, and devastates everything above sea-level. After the breakdown, this rough metal and funk pizzazz is oh so beautiful. The punk-grind-funk "Bounce" is a clever mix of NAPALM DEATH and RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS ...yes its that wide opened !

The moshpit gets rowdier, literally as "Deer Dance" features, once again, strong lyrical content this time directly aimed toward toxic-city's own LAPD: "Pushing little children with their fully-automatics, they like to push the weak around". History repeats itself.

The club-favorite "Chop Suey" is a an attempt to crack the mainstream with some multi-layered rock/metal/jazz, while the thrashmetal set-up of "Jet Pilot" and "Forest" provides some extra-crunch.

Social, relentless and definitely not sugar-coated, in a pre-9/11 world, they yell the truth, besides RIAA-certified 3x Platinum units sold can't be denied. Politics aside and armed with loud-mouths, the SoCal hardcorepunk mindset is alive and well with these lovely Armenian boys.

Welcome to the deer dance.

Chop Suey ! = video
Toxicity = video
Toxicity = full CD
Interview in 2001
Live in Lowlands in 2001


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