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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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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
"All you b**ches put your hands in the air and wave like you just don't care" #you should've never trusted Hollywood
Bubbles!
I want them to get back together
10 years. wow man....
This takes me back...ahh highs cool lol
follow me and ill follow you
i lik turtles
Love me some sod amazing
Guys its obvious its bring your own bagpipes
peter.s.bogo s i a n
Long live Armenia!
peter.s.bogo s i a n
First of all. Sod is no way as s**tty as Korn. I'm Armenia n and there music is far more complex than most people think, unless you understand political history and culture and Armenians genocide!
rebelbledsoe
one does not simply listen to system of a down for the lyrics
Sotd are all Armenians.. In our language the word Armenian is Hye. I'm Hye their Hye that's were they get inspiration from our race almost being wiped out.. Thank Sotd and ST and mgmt for all the support on our N.M Hye projects... Hye4life
Ahaaaa this song is played a lot and it still gives me goosebumps!! xD
perfect
9/11/2001 WIDE WERE THE EYES OF JET PILOT AS HE SMILED AS FLEW OVER THE BAY
Gives me the feeling of Soundgardens "Black Hole Sun"...on line "Hang my head, drown my fear, till u all just disappear".. . t h t s probably jus me...
SOAD r wickedly relevant, crazy intelligent, but best of all...SOOO F'N METAL...it's bands like them tht make me think Taylor Swift fans r gonna die painfully in modern sht music induced deadly projectile vomiting...c a u g h t between Kanye West (btw..is he mentally challenged?) & Beyonces dual 2 the death w/ exclusive, but tragically EXPLOSIVE "#1 hits"...jus gonna b like human emp's...
Oh, sht, wait...how can u shut something down tht was never really on? Ok...tht whole diatribe was a massive wast
Toxicity greatest album ever can literally listen from begin to end.
Definitely went to prison for a bs drug charge this sh*t is true
\m/

Yes!!!
I crii when angels deserve to DIEEEE
�� grew up with this song c:
what do u men bankrupt?
system of a down is bankrupt now
I grew up listining to system an will never stop what a great band
all of they are the best
System of a down was my only sanctuary in Iraq in 2005 and 2006.... This music helped me beyond belief.
Good one....life is a waterfall.
Follow everyone; )
theyre trying to build a prison
Sugar sugar!
rickgarcia10 1 7
Remember wake up the souls tour
All about the drums

You can't win this fight.....
Stressed
Depressed
And SOAD obsessed

Like, for real. I have a SOAD problem, lol Serj's voice is just so perfect. I've been listening to them since I was a little kid. They were my favorite band before I knew anything about music. <3
1915*
I wasn't gonna respond but, of course I know they're each of Armenian heritage (they're one of my favorite bands!) But they could be celebrating it because it's over and how far Armenia has come, something that happened in 1905
I saw go-pro footage of them recently and they are definitely rusty but still have the chemistry. And I don't think they are celebrating the Armenian Genocide considering they are all of Armenian heritage and the Turks wiped out over a third of the Armenian population back in the early 1900's.
these guys are awsome! i love there music!
I loved, "Hyptonized" and I am glad I did or else I wouldn't have heard their other great songs.
Are they ever going to get back together? :(
I heard they're doing a tour in April to celebrate 100 years since Armenian genocide! So happy they're back!!!
Any music reviewer that uses the term Rocker is a tool.
F**k the system because it has, does, and will F**k you everyday every way
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