System Of A Down : Chop Suey

'Chop Suey' is at leaset 50% unrefined rock oprea balladry

[I]”Father, into your hands I commend my spirit/Father, into your hands, why have you forsaken me”[/I]… Christ, it’s Godspell You Black Emperor!. Los Angeles metallers System Of A Down might beSlipknot’s touring partners, but their theatrical leanings err more on the side of the velvet cape and interpretive dance than the scary mask. Despite some excellent hyper-speed shouting and the glorious fact that singer Serj Tankian actually says

[I]”roar!” when he wants to roar, the theologically minded ‘Chop Suey’ is at least 50 per cent unrefined rock-opera balladry. [I]”I cry when angels deserve to die”[/I] sobs Tankian and you can see him stalking the stage and shaking his fists at heaven. Ah, the smell of the greasepaint, the “roar!” of the crowd…

Piers Martin

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