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System Of A Down

Like many late-'90s metal bands, System of a Down struck a balance between '80s underground thrash metal and metallic early-'90s alternative rockers like Jane's Addiction. Their dark, neo-gothic alternative metal earned a cult following in the wake of the popularity of such like-minded bands as Korn and the Deftones. Vocalist Serj Tankian, guitarist Daron Malakian, bassist Shavo Odadjian, and drummer John Dolmayan formed System of a Down in Southern California in the mid-'90s. They quickly earned a strong following in Los Angeles, largely based on strong word of mouth. A three-song demo began circulating through metal collectors, and their fan base soon spread throughout not only America, but Europe and New Zealand.

By the end of 1997 the group had signed to American, then distributed by Columbia Records. American/Columbia released the group's eponymous debut album in the summer of 1998, securing the band opening spots on the Slayer and Ozzfest tours. System eventually went gold, and set up the September 2001 release of the even more ambitious Toxicity. System's second effort was another heavy music triumph, shaming the majority of their nu-metal competition and running away with multi-platinum honors. The quartet didn't slow down. Malakian started the eatURmusic imprint and Tankian a label called Serjical Strike; Tankian also collaborated with Armenian avant-garde folk musician Arto Tuncboyaciyan in a project called Serart. In November 2002 System issued the bare-bones but no less powerful odds 'n' ends set Steal This Album!; they also remained politically active.

By 2004, System of a Down was back in the studio with Rick Rubin. The bold result of those sessions was a single epic album released in two parts. Mezmerize/Hypnotize kept System's furious creativity alive, incorporating the wild vocal melodies, lyrical passion, and rabid structural shifts that had become their trademark. Mezmerize, or part one, appeared in May 2005, while Hypnotize, its final section, appeared later in the year, and both hit the top of the album charts.

The following year saw the group go on hiatus, with Malakian forming Scars on Broadway; Dolmayan opening an online comic book store and forming the group Indicator (he also briefly played with Scars on Broadway); Odadjian working with RZA, AcHoZeN, and George Clinton; and Tankian embarking on a solo career. In 2010 the bandmembers announced that they would be reuniting for a series of European festival dates in 2011. System of a Down continued to tour internationally through 2015, and hinted at the possibility of releasing a new album in the near future. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Hypnotize (Explicit)

1. Attack

2. Dreaming

3. Kill Rock 'N' Roll

4. Hypnotize

5. Stealing Society

6. Tentative

7. U-Fig

8. Holy Mountains

9. Vicinity Of Obscenity

10. She's Like Heroin

11. Lonely Day

12. Soldier Side

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Track List: Mezmerize (Explicit)

1. Soldier Side (Intro)

2. B.Y.O.B.

3. Revenga

4. Cigaro

5. Radio / Video

6. This Cocaine Makes Me Feel Like I'm On This Song

7. Violent Pornography

8. Question!

9. Sad Statue

10. Old School Hollywood

11. Lost In Hollywood

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Track List: Steal This Album! (Explicit)

1. Chic 'N' Stu

2. Innervision

3. Bubbles

4. Boom!

7. Mr. Jack

8. I-E-A-I-A-I-O

9. 36

10. Pictures

11. Highway Song

12. F**k The System

13. Ego Brain

14. Thetawaves

15. Roulette

16. Streamline

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Track List: Toxicity

1. Prison Song

2. Needles

3. Deer Dance

4. Jet Pilot

5. X

6. Chop Suey!

7. Bounce

8. Forest

9. ATWA

10. Science

11. Shimmy

12. Toxicity

13. Psycho

14. Aerials

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Track List: System Of A Down

1. Suite-Pee

2. Know

3. Sugar

4. Suggestions

5. Spiders

7. Soil

8. War?

9. Mind

10. Peephole

12. Darts

13. P.L.U.C.K.

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DONT READ THIS. YOU WILL BE KISSED ON THE NEAREST POSSIBLE FRIDAY BY THE LOVE OF YOUR LIFE. TOMORROW WILL BE THE BEST DAY OF YOUR LIFE. NOW YOUVE STARTED READING THIS DONT STOP THIS IS SO FREAKY. But if you read this and ignore it then you will have very bad luck. PUT THIS ON 15 SONGS IN 143 MINS. WHEN YOU ARE DONE PRESS THE SPACEBAR AND YOUR CRUSHES NAME WILL APPEAR IN BIG LETTERS ON THE SCREEN THIS IS SO FREAKY IT ACTUALLY WORKS
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@s.eater.scy t h e My c**k is much bigger than yours ;) And can walk right through the door
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@s.eater.scy t h e My c**k is much bigger than yours ;) And can walk right through the door
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I LOVE Serj Tankians voice! Friggin' awesome band!
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A great band from a near by city inthe valley. That's awesome
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luv their album mezmerize, especially cigaro
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nice
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I have been listening to them since early childhood, my uncle introduced me to their music and that includes serj tankians solo's.
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Got to love this s**t
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Dane they're the s**t!!!!
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soundrams
What the f**k is this song?
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YEWWW SATAN APPROVES ��
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Another heavy/metal band with a Jane's Addiction influence. They did that to Tool as well. Who the fxck writes this shite?
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N.n
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I want to hear a new System album so bad!!!
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Awesome
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Awesome band
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I love question
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shuester34
What happen to them
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breauxe
THIS
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I love that bands
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Deer Dance is a good song.
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I dont like metal very much but this is great.
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still one of my top favourite bands...just awesome
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It's hard to find a metal band where EVERYONE in the band is as genius as these guys are. I find them to be a truly unique group.
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I'm not crazy about metal but system of a down is an outstanding band. Love em.
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The only band to date that is still dangerous to listen to when sharing the title of DJ. You can't just listen to one song!
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First band i ever listened too and i still love them to death. No one is quite like them
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<3
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Brutal
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It's so easy to pass judgement just shut your mouth before I show a vulgar display of power
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S**t songs ? Aha don't make me laugh says the guy that likes Lady Antebellum and The Band Perry lol
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Listening to these guys for years. Never get sick of them.
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Zagot Go Ho De Poz.
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Toxicity ��
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Great pick me up,on a Friday afternoon.
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alabastervil l i s 0
great song great band
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This expexplains it all
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@MetalKnowsA l l , they didn't break up. They took a recess, they're getting back together eventually, they said that they don't know how long though.
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Silly a** kicking one phone. Take care your phone everybody!!! ! I'm not too sure there is a case in many cases Kay's
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gtps
Ugh sucks they broke up
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My all time fav band!!! :-)
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\m/ \m/
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www.rodneyva n c e t h e a r t i s t . c o m
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F**kin' awesome song!!!
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Why are y'all spamming and hating just shut up and enjoy this music
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Pretty good band ��
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FlyingHobo55 8 is Just butthurt because use he cant make music of his own
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Go hang yourself "FlyingHobo5 5 8 . "
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Serj worked with Buckethead and that s**t is awesome.
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