Toxicity

~ Release group by System of a Down

Annotation

The 2002 releases are the limited edition (blue cover) with bonus DVD.
The CK 86059 2001 release is a limited edition with bonus CDROM (see at Amazon).

Annotation last modified on 2012-06-07 22:48 UTC.

Wikipedia

Toxicity is the second studio album by Armenian-American heavy metal band System of a Down, released on September 4, 2001, through American Recordings and Columbia Records. Expanding on their 1998 eponymous debut, it incorporated more melody, harmonies, and singing than the band's aforementioned album. Categorized primarily as alternative metal and nu metal, Toxicity features elements of multiple genres including folk, progressive rock, jazz, Armenian music and Greek music, including prominent use of instruments such as the sitar, banjo, keyboards, and piano. It contains a wide array of political and non-political themes, such as mass incarceration, the CIA, the environment, police brutality, drug addiction, and groupies.

Toxicity was recorded at Cello Studios in Hollywood, California. Over thirty songs were recorded, but the band narrowed the number of songs on the album to fourteen. The album peaked at number one on both the Billboard 200 and the Canadian Albums Chart, sold 220,000 copies in its first week of release, was certified triple-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America in November 2002, and has sold at least 2,700,000 copies in the United States. All of Toxicity's singles reached the Billboard Hot 100. The final single, "Aerials", went to number one on both the Mainstream Rock Tracks and the Modern Rock Tracks charts. Toxicity received mainly positive ratings and reviews from critics, among them perfect ratings from AllMusic, Kerrang!, and Blabbermouth.net. Many critics praised the album's sound and innovation.

The promotional shows for Toxicity resulted in a number of controversial incidents. A six-hour riot ensued at a free concert in Hollywood the day before the album's release as a result of the show's cancellation due to an overcrowded show; the crowd in attendance was estimated to be at least twice the size which was expected. Another scheduled System of a Down performance was cancelled to prevent a similar riot, and the band then toured with Slipknot. Bassist Shavo Odadjian was harassed, ethnically insulted, and physically beaten by guards when he tried to enter backstage at a concert in October 2001. Regardless, the tour was successful, and System of a Down later co-headlined a leg of Slipknot's Iowa World Tour.

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Album

ReleaseFormatTracksCountry/DateLabelCatalog#Barcode
Official
ToxicityCD14
  • XE2001-08-27
American RecordingsCOL 501534 95099750153499
ToxicityCD14
  • SG2001-08-27
American Recordings501534 24893391077722
ToxicityCD14
  • GB2001-08-27
American Recordings, Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP)501534 2, COL 501534 25099750153420
ToxicityEnhanced CD16
  • JP2001-08-29
American Recordings, Sony Records International (Japanese TEXTLESS walking eye imprint)SRCS 24874988009248714
ToxicityCassette14
  • JP2001-08-29
Sony Records International (Japanese TEXTLESS walking eye imprint)SRCS-2487
ToxicityDigital Media15
  • XW2001-08-29
American Recordings888888046775
Toxicity12" Vinyl14
American RecordingsCOL 501534 15099750153413
Toxicity12" Vinyl14
American RecordingsC 62240074646224014
ToxicityCD14
  • AU2001-09-03
American Recordings50153420009399700092981
ToxicityCD14
  • MX2001-09-04
887254683728
ToxicityCD14
  • US2001-09-04
American RecordingsCK 62240074646224021
ToxicityCD14
  • US2001-09-04
Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP)CK 86059
ToxicityCD15
  • JP2001-12-05
Sony Records International (Japanese TEXTLESS walking eye imprint)SICP 444547366001815
ToxicityCD14
American RecordingsCK 62240074646224021
Toxicity (Special Limited Edition)CD + Enhanced CD14 + 1
Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP)501534 65099750153468
Toxicity2×CD14 + 5
American Recordings, Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP)501534 2, SAMPCM 108055099701080423
ToxicityCD14
  • -2001
American Recordings88765457732887654577320
ToxicityCD14
  • CA2002-04-23
American RecordingsCK 86512
Toxicity (limited edition with bonus DVD)CD + DVD-Video14 + 4
  • US2002-04-23
American RecordingsCK 86512696998651227
Toxicity + Limited Edition DVDCD + DVD-Video14 + 4
  • DE2002-07-15
American Recordings508383 25099750838327
ToxicityDigital Media15
American Recordings888880467751
ToxicityCD14
Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP)88697635542886976355425
ToxicityDigital Media14
American Recordings884977781281
Toxicity2×Digital Media14 + 5
  • BE2013-04-16
  • LU2013-04-16
Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP)5099750153451
ToxicityCD14
  • AU2017-01-13
American Recordings50153420009399700092981
Toxicity12" Vinyl14
  • XE2018-10-12
American Recordings190758655918190758655918
Promotion
Street SamplerCD2
SAMP2370
ToxicityCD-R15
Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP)[none]
Toxicity (not final master)CD15
Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP)[none][none]
ToxicityCD4
Sony Music (global brand, excluding JP, owned by Sony Music Entertainment; for use as release label only when no sub-label/imprint is specified)XPCD2585
(unknown)
Toxicity12" Vinyl15
  • XE2018-10-12
American Recordings19075865591190758655918

Relationships

associated singles/EPs:Aerials
Chop Suey!
Toxicity
included in:System of a Down: 5 Album Bundle
Discogs:https://www.discogs.com/master/35626 [info]
lyrics page:http://lyrics.wikia.com/System_Of_A_Down:Toxicity_(2001) [info]
https://genius.com/albums/System-of-a-down/Toxicity [info]
reviews:http://www.metacritic.com/music/toxicity/system-of-a-down [info]
other databases:http://www.musik-sammler.de/album/25993 [info]
https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/system_of_a_down/toxicity/ [info]
Allmusic:https://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000620587 [info]
Wikidata:Q218971 [info]

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