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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!

5. Nuguns

6. A.D.D.

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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I love sistem of a down, the best music I love you. Forever sistem of a down
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love the tongue in cheek humor of SOAD! a bit like anthrax in that aspect
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this song triggers me to kill myself and my family:)
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My favorite is chop suyu
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One of the most epic bands of all time. Will always listen to their songs
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#best song lol
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SOAD is and has been my #1 favourite band since around 2004, though I only realized that a few years ago. No matter what I'm currently obsessed with, I'm still just-sitting - i n - m y - c a r - a n d - w a i t i n g - f o r ... Serj's voice to float me to Nirvana. \m/
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LOVE IT
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Serj's voice is just... Amazing!!
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Wow I listen to some good s**t!
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Aerials is best!
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We ALL need to f**k the system.
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Best s**t ever
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♦️RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE IS

RE- UNITING WITH CYPRESS HILL

AND PUBLIC ENEMY TODAY ♦️

surprise concert
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Not feeling the left wing sht but still one of my all time favorite bands
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When angels deserve 2 die.. nobody's perfect... (facts)
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DIOCANCERFUN D . o r g
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bryanbuseman n
JUMP POGO POGO POGO BOUNCE POGO POGO POGO
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Love SOAD. F**K THE SYSTEM! !!
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But I love this band
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Brojosh1233 is a f**king f*g
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no
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awesome ��. I like serj"s voice with out a doubt Best band ever!!!�� ������������ I hope they get back to gether i miss these guys ��.
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SYSTEM OF A DOWN
TEXAS ROCK AND ROLL.
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Soad is the s**t . Can't wait for them to get back in the studio. Been way to dam long .
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I cry when angels deserve to die.
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Continued... a n d again in comments on Pandora, as well as on YouTube. Bringing families closer together, that's What System of a Down is all about.
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My daughter (14 at the time) and I used to sing to the Toxicity CD while driving to where ever. I now send her texts (now 24) of lyrics we used to get a kick out of. Thank you, S.O.A.D for bridging the gap. This story is repeated time
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phandom where u at
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I like island
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Moon man moon man black lives matter!!!!!! ! ! !
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Love this song
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My cousin played me this song when i was teenager i love it
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19_brewer.wi l l i a m
Hypnotize is one of my favorite records!
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slange1024
Spiritually sincere depth of lyrics....th e pineal gland
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Man System Of A Down are one of the greatest, most unique bands! Love 'em!
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Awesome song.NEED NEW ALBUM!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! !
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These guys are fantasitc
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alexconfiden t i a l
Serj reminds me of Borat.
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I have this album and Toxicity. Revenga
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Teheheheheh
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Best f**king band ever!!!! And will always be!!!! ��������
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system is like the ONE band i would go see live. wish they came home to socal and performed
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BOUNCE
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I need a new album
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dhamodot1
VERY ORIGINAL, TALENTED AND ENERGENIC...
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Favorite Band, i love them
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Best band ever
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Love you!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! : - D :-D :-D
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