Songwriting Analysis: System of a Down “Chop Suey!”

System of a Down: Toxicity

System of a Down tends to get attention for other aspects of their identity like their political messages, but one has to be a virtuoso songwriter to be able to pull off all the zig-zags they do and still come through with a cohesive, impactful song.  In this song here are the songwriting wisdoms we can observe:

  • Distinct rhythmic motif in verses that single-handedly make a strong impression
  • Huge contrast between verse and chorus that creates a drama
  • Reserving the highest range for the climax of the song