System of a Down have always been an above average metal band. The sensational `Toxicity` LP began to give them meaning and purpose on the world stage,�@and to be honest, most SOAD fans were probably trying to figure out where the band was going next.
Thankfully, "Steal this Album", is an especially rare rarities collection, in the sense that it could serve as a more than suitable follow-up album to "Toxicity". It has had virtually no publicity (in Tokyo, where SOAD are very popular, the release has come as a total surprise), and it has been wittily designed to look like a burnt CD-R, but I think this is SOAD`s defining work. It`s heavy, it`s raucous and Tankian is extremely blunt in his offensive sideswipes at political mishaps, nuclear testings etc.
An out-takes album, in most cases, shouldn`t really work, but you have to remember that this is, essentially, an album of out-takes from the `Toxicity` sessions. If `Toxicity` was brilliant, then the out-takes would probably be almost as good, if not better.
And better it is.