Understanding Chop Suey!

From 12tone.

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System of a Down is great, right? They’re one of those bands that feels simultaneously timeless and emblematic of their era: Their music speaks to the early-2000s metalhead in me, but it also feels like it belongs to the ages, like it’ll be relevant and awesome forever. And Chop Suey! is one of their crowning achievements, with its powerful stop-time verse, its emotional chorus, and its deep message. It’s one of those songs that *no one* seems to dislike, which in metal is pretty rare.

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Also, thanks to Jareth Arnold for proofreading the script to make sure this all makes sense hopefully!