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  • System Of A Down: Serj Tankian (vocals, keyboards): Daron Malakian (guitar, background vocals); Shavo Odadjian (bass); John Dolmayan (drums).
  • Additional personnel: Rick Rubin (piano); Arto Tuncboyaciyan (background vocals).
  • Producers: David Schiffman, Greg Collins, Darren Morr.
  • Engineers: Rick Rubin, Daron Malakian, Serj Tankian.
  • Recorded at Cello Studios, Hollywood, California.
  • "Chop Suey!" was nominated for the 2002 Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance.
  • "Aerials" was nominated for the 2003 Grammy Awards for Best Hard Rock Performance.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (9/27/01, p.70) - 3.5 stars out of 5 - "...Both manic and schizoid, Tankian veers easily from sing-rap rhythm to Korn-ish hysterics to demonic baritone growl to doomily ruminative....the music insists on forward motion without trapping itself in a thrashy lock-step rut..."

Spin (1/02, p.76) - Ranked #1 in Spin's "Albums of the Year 2001".

Spin (p.89) - "System have an undeniable nerd-prog charm..."

Entertainment Weekly (9/7/01, pp.161-2) - "...Strange and engaging....It all adds up to bizarro type of meta; that has a warped majesty and strength..." - Rating: B-

Q (9/01, p.121) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Matches Slipknot for manic intensity while employing a freeform approach to songcraft which invites comparison to the lunatic-fringe rock of the '60s..."

Alternative Press (2/02, p.64) - Ranked #9 in AP's "25 Best Albums of 2001".

Alternative Press (10/01, p.102) - 9 out of 10 - "...This is not pop music - this is psychic wreckage."

Mojo (Publisher) (p.54) - Ranked #93 in Mojo's "100 Modern Classics" -- "[T]he world's most darkly hilarious noise band had come of age."
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