Toxicity is the second album by System of a Down. Produced by Rick Rubin, Toxicity was released on September 4, 2001 by American Recordings, debuting at #1 on both the United States and Canadian charts. Toxicity has sold over 12 million copies worldwide and is multi-platinum in the United States. Like Lisa Marie Presley’s To Whom It May Concern, it was released without a Parental Advisory sticker, despite a good majority of profanities.

Toxicity received mass critical acclaim, making many end-of-year “best of” lists (such as being named SPIN Magazine’s #1 record of the year), and earning a Grammy Award nomination for lead single “Chop Suey!”.

This album marks a sonic departure from the heavy guitar riffing featured on their debut album. It is the only System of a Down album not to feature the Parental Advisory label, with only minor profanities. However, a limited edition of the album containing a bonus CD with behind the scenes footage of the making of the album does feature the Parental Advisory label, while a different limited edition containing a DVD with the “Toxicity” music video and live footage also does not feature the label.

Several songs have been featured in various video game soundtracks. In 2002, “Science” and “Shimmy” were featured in the games ATV Offroad Fury 2 and Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 4 respectively.[1] The song “Chop Suey!” is featured in Rock Band 2 in 2008, and “Toxicity” is featured in Guitar Hero: Metallica and as downloadable content for the Rock Band series. The song “X” was originally recorded for the band’s 1998 self-titled debut but it was re-worked for Toxicity.

The album is listed in Blender’s 500 CDs You Must Own.[2] MusicRadar held a public poll and Toxicity was ranked as 26th greatest heavy metal album in the list of The 50 Greatest Heavy Metal Albums Of All Time. The album is ranked at number 44 in Rolling Stone’s 100 Best Albums of the Decade for 2000’s.

Studio album by System of a Down
Released September 4, 2001
Recorded March –July 2001
Cello Studios
Hollywood, California
Genre Alternative metal, heavy metal, art rock
Length 44:06
57:31 (special edition)
Label American
Producer Rick Rubin, Daron Malakian, Serj Tankian

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