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System Of A Down by System Of A Down

System Of A Down

by System Of A Down


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Barcode: 0019075865581
Format: Vinyl
Media: Mint (M)
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System of a Down, the debut studio album by the American heavy metal band of the same name, was released on 30th June 1998 by American Recordings and Columbia Records. It attained Gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America in February 2000. Following the success of their subsequent album, Toxicity (2001), System of a Down achieved platinum status and later went double platinum.

The album is typically classified as nu metal and alternative metal, genres that would become synonymous with the band. Lyrically, the album explores various themes, including anti-war sentiments, genocide, religion, and indoctrination. For instance, “Suite-Pee” critiques pedophilia within the Church and religious extremism, while “Mind” addresses government mind control, specifically referencing CIA brainwashing in the liner notes. “P.L.U.C.K.” is a tribute to the victims of the Armenian genocide, serving as a condemnation of the Turkish Government.

The cover artwork features imagery from a 1928 anti-fascist poster created by visual artist John Heartfield for the Communist Party of Germany. The text on the original poster reads: “A hand has 5 fingers! With these 5 grab the enemy!” This slogan inspired part of the text on the back of the album, which reads: “The hand has five fingers, capable and powerful, with the ability to destroy as well as create”. Additionally, bold letters state: “Open your eyes, open your mouths, close your hands and make a fist” (later used by Serj Tankian in the song “Uneducated Democracy”).

System of a Down received critical acclaim, with Q describing it as “an excellent starting point for this most curious band.” The album is featured in the book “1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die,” and Loudwire included it in its list of “The Best Metal Debut Albums,” ranking it at number 22.

1. Suite-Pee
2. Know
3. Sugar
4. Suggestions
5. Spiders
6. DDevil
7. Soil
8. War?
9. Mind
10. Peephole
11. CUBErt
12. Darts
13. P.L.U.C.K.
Catalogue No.: 19075865581
Barcode: 0019075865581
Genre: Rock
Style: Alternative Metal, Nu Metal, Hardcore
Label: American Recordings
Released: 2018
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Stereo

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