16. System Of A Down – Toxicity (2001)
A band who were a by-product of Nu-Metal but completely devoid of its often lump-headed mentality, System Of A Down’s sophomore smash, Toxicity, was the mainstream maelstrom that literally took the world by storm.
Each unique Armenian-Folk-Metal ditty is a joy to listen to, alternating between the eccentric, the emotional and the downright ludicrous, the album remains devilishly catchy from first track to last and has a timeless appeal.
For every commercially viable song such as the title track, “Aerials” and the massive crossover hit “Chop Suey”, this album reveals alternative-metal madness in the shape of “Jet Pilot”, “Shimmy” and the sheer lunacy of “Bounce”; a song about a Pogo-Stick….absurd, yet quite brilliant!
Taking inspiration from Faith No More’s idiosyncrasies and Rage Against The Machine’s political patter, System Of A Down still managed to make a noise which was distinctly their own; individuality in a crowded music scene is almost impossible to come by but there is no mistaking a System Of A Down song.
Toxicity is a heady, toxic mix of Eastern rhythms, obtuse time-signatures and mad-as-a-hatter vocals and is as mind-boggling a set of tunes today as it was 13 years ago; a classic.