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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

6. DDevil

7. Soil

8. War?

9. Mind

10. Peephole

11. Cubert

12. Darts

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

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Track List: System Of A Down (Bonus Pack)

Disc 1

1. Suite-Pee

2. Know

3. Sugar

4. Suggestions

5. Spiders

6. DDevil

7. Soil

8. War?

9. Mind

10. Peephole

11. CUBErt

12. Darts

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

Disc 2

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david.dvorak 1 9 8 0
Along with fall out boy
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david.dvorak 1 9 8 0
OMG
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Great album. Listen and listen
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Great use of the good ol' splash cymbals
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Best song ever ��
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Great music! Then I went to Oz Fest 06 "DTE" left there very disappointed along with everyone else.
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I'm obsessed with this group all music
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grew up listening to this band and will listen to them on my deathbed
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This band will live on forever and has moved hearts and lives in time
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This is one band that will live on for ever
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I'd kill myself for this band
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mjbell66
System is cool... try a little Sabotage if you want some........ .
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kick a**
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definitely the best metal band of the 2000's. I remember buying their first album without ever hearing anything from it and just having read about them in a magazine. When I first heard them I was like what the hell is this, this is awesome!
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nicocamp02
Along with Tool and Rage Against The Machine
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nicocamp02
The best metal band of the 2000s
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Polio I'm not in 9 opinion opinion all the best looking
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Wtf..I'm Spanish and Armenian! Armenians are Christians. The Turks are the only people we ever had tension with cuz they tried to pull some Hitler chit on us. As for tension in Cali is with the gangs. True every race with some Scarface wannabes will have tension with competing races. This doesn't usually spill over into mainstream. As for the gang dude in love with Kardashians. . y o u say your in a gang..I don't think any parents of any race want you dating their daughter. THINK ABOUT IT BRO! I'm n
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I want to touch Tony Danza's belt...
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L E G A L L E Y E S. everything
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JBkonhib on oonibgkojobb on
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Well that was until I mature a little more and one day I came across a really beautiful girl and started talking to her and got her number. Little did I know I was falling deeply madly in love with an Armenian girl.
We dated for a few months but due to the circumstance s we were forced to break up by her relatives and Friends and when my gang at that time found out about her they begin to jump me because I was dating an enemy.
So I ended up leaving my gang for her. Sadly she couldn't do the same
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So Check it, i grew up in L.A. California.
So if you ever been there or lived there, you know about the tension between Spanish people meaning all Latinos and Armenian people.
There's bad blood between the two races. Nobody really knows for sure how it started but all we know is what we've been told by our past generation. So they told us that we are supposed to not get along n when I was younger I followed blindly.
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F**k Tony Danza. Don't come around here with that cutting in line s**t!
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Yeah I totally agree with your opinion
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Old school Hollywood is the best song SOAD ever
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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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Dlsdxfd FD in km km km d SD k km kdkdd as dxn MN JB mk
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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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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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