System of a Down’s fifth album is incisively nuanced, with chunky overdriven hooks and groovy percussion breakdowns. Their thrashy tendencies are balanced by singer Serj Tankian’s dramatic melodies, and a knack for dynamics means they sometimes trade fury for subtlety, making the best tracks both stunning and pummeling.
Excuse me, this is not pop. Pop is defined as anything that pretends to be, but is not, music. This is in fact music, and good music at that. Metal ≠ Pop. No dice. Lern sum dikshunarys. That being said, buy it.