A postcard sized advertisement-pamphlet I got when I picked up Procrastination by Zero recently has the following quotes about Mezmerize by System of a Down:
E!Online: You�ll be left wondering why other bands aren�t so daring
Rolling Stone: At its reckless best, which is a lot, Mezmerize is thrilling confrontation, a graphic reflection of a nation tearing itself apart in anger, fear and guilt.
The Guardian: Who�d have thought you could describe a metal band as �intriguing�?
When you hear System of a Down for the first time, you�re likely to either laugh out loud, like the Rhymebawd did, or think �that the hell is this crap�, like I did. This not for those who want music that�ll just play in the background and let you work or chat; it commands attention, even though it took me a couple of songs (after Aerials) to switch from �what is this crap?� to �WOWEE�.
Even though Rolling Stone called it progressive metal, System of a Down create music that defies definition: it is rife with abrupt changes in rhythm and obscure choruses, and switch between the chorus, high-energy bass and drums, the mellow piano or lead guitar, and just plain screaming. Nothing in their music seems sane and it just great fun. Most songs are short and snappy, and most songs are dissimilar, even in their quirkiness.
It�s not that SoaD can�t do normal metal. Aerials, Snowblind and Lonely Day are just as normal (and good) as Vicinity of Obscenity and Violent Pornography are extremely weird (and great fun). Viscinity of Obscenity is obscure and fascinating: the switches in rhythm are surprising, and reminiscent of Queen�s Bohemian Rhapsody, even if the lyrics are nonsensical � Banana banana/ terra cotta. But that can be said of a lot of SoaD�s other songs. If you liked Green Day�s �Hitchin a Ride�, you will probably like SoaD.
Before I begin repeating myself, here�s my SoaD top
ten fifteen twenty, in no particular order because I can�t make up my mind:
1. Viscinity of Obscenity
4. Violent Pornography
5. The Prison Song
6. Jet Pilot
8. Outer Space
17. Suite Pee
19. She�s like Heroin
20. Lonely Day
It�s strange, but not much else sounds interesting after listening to this quirky and surprising music. I fear my music preferences may have been permanently altered. A few days ago, I heard Vicinity of Obscenity on repeat for about five hours at a stretch. And that is just insane.
HDHD, O�God of Music Recommendations- any music recco�s that are similar to SoaD?
Related: Rolling Stone on System of a Down