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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 likeminded 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. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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Hell ya the system of a down the song prison song especially
Saw these guys in 2001 Ozzfest at Phoenix at Mountain something areana outside. Kicked a**! Dave Williams of Drowning Pool died on that Ozzfest tour and two days later @ Coors in San Diego, he was gone. R.I.P.
This band is the best EVEEERRRR��
This band is absolutely one of my favorites. They play bad a** songs I've been listening to them since I was a younger teen I was born I 1990.
New abulm!
thumb up xi!
Their music makes me so happy. Very passionate, with lots of exploration of levels, texture, song patterns and subjects. Love them!
these guys need to come out with a new album
S.O.A.D.
khowardindy
My favorite song by system of a down
Pepperoni & green peppers, mushrooms, olives, chives.
yet you feed us live from the tablecloth!! !
katestyle9
Or vilintpornig r a f e e
katestyle9
I like the song chop suey
? 9/11
Don't read this because it actually works, you will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2days. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary.
slimlucas14
Love to scare people with stem of a down , they just don't get it .
:,( pandora won't let me make over 100 stations ;__; it's bad that that's actually a problem for me T.T
Love the beat of the song
If I had to listen to one band only, I think it'd be SOAD. I just love them.
THESE ARE FEELINGS OF BETRAYAL? OR LONELINESS DAY heck i got that everyday trucking.... Alone no companionshi p . . . Got homesick and back to old ways minus the memories... Social media is funny should twitter these and see who had this attention seeking phenomenon.
ANYONE WHO WANTS A DEBILITATING TRIP TRY EATTING Hawaiian baby woodrose seeds.. Granted its plant compound so might need it as a tee yet awesome rush!
Chop Suey >~<
Love this band!! Brings me back to the ole days
STRAIGHT UP O.G!!!! THESE ARMENIAN dudes ROCK. These guys are talented all the way around!!! the Armenian word 4 Armenian is Hye..BEST HYE AROUND
listened to 36 way to damn much and now mentally scared to only think in 43second segments... Thanks SOAD simplied train of thought for me!
Hey wanna touch it
slimlucas14
I just love playing system of a down & freaking out people lol
I, I know... How I feel when I'm around you...~
Okay guys it's your time... As of Sunday night the current regime of music has officially fallen. Serge, Darren, Shavo, John, and Trent, Maynard, Zach, Tom, etc. We need you back to make the best music of your lives, to inspire us and to show everyone what it's really about!!
YESSSSSSSS SOAD!!!!!!!
i f**king love system of down
THEY LIKE TO PUSH THE WEAK AROUND! !!!
The vocals sound f**king crazy I love it !!
Will they get back together?
Ha. Wus yr. nem
Can't wait to see these guys live in LA I April:)
when angels deserve to dieeeeeeeeee e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
chop suey is the best
hi
U nevet think u know WHY......
SOAD WE NEED U , Come back! !!!!!!!!!!
I love Question!
F**k yea
inthefreewor l d 1 4
System is badass !!They are amazing live.
I LOVE CHOP SUEY!
nice to know
I f**kin love system of the down, they never cease to entertain me but my favorite song by them would still have to be violent pornography! Everybody everybody f**ks! I love that song almost as much as I love sex!
That has occurred on all songs, probably a copyrighting issue. @Bremer Porter
What happened to the f**king lyrics to the songs, i know all of the lyrics its just they need lyrics on all of the songs
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