System Of A Down ‎– Lonely Day



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April 5, 2009
referencing Lonely Day, CD, Maxi, 82876831412

It really is a shame to see this band in such a state. What happened to them on those last two albums? Everything that was right about their first three albums just went so drastically wrong, by their standards, on Mezmerize and Hypnotize. And then, of course, came this EP. I don't think I could have been more disappointed by a choice in single. It doesn't tell a new listener anything about System of a Down - only a whole lot about Daron Malakian and how utterly irritating his voice is.

Admittedly, the other tracks on this EP are rather brilliant. The cover of Snowblind is a rare treat, considering their lack of recorded cover songs, as is the track "Shame" which is, certainly, an usual collaboration. But on the whole, this single, along with the album it came from, said a lot about the reasons this band took a hiatus. It saddened me, but maybe they'll come back with a fresh outlook and return to that trademark System of a Down punch that we now they're all capable of. Who knows - Serj Tankian may even return to being the band's main vocalist - and let's hope he does! The nasal whine really doesn't suit them...