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System of a Down

System of a Down are an Armenian American quartet based out of Los Angeles, and one of the few major nu-metal bands whose popularity far exceed, and then outlived, largely unscathed, that particular style’s limited life span as a dominance musical force. Active in one shape or another since 1992, System of a Down was eventually championed by producer-to-the-stars, Rick Rubin, who signed them to his American Recordings in 1997. For a while, though, it seemed as though SOAD’s eponymous debut (a game-changing, critically acclaimed affair, once described as Faith no more jamming with Slayer) might prove too original and idiosyncratic to attract a mainstream audience. But, with the help of relentless touring over a near-three-year period and the resulting, snowballing word-of-mouth, System of a Down saw their 2001 sophomore LP, ‘Toxicity,’ explode straight to number one upon release, eventually selling an estimated 12 million copies worldwide. A collection of unfinished demos named ‘Steal this Album’ was released in late 2002, after MP3s of the songs were accidentally leaked, and the band’s popularity continued to build, up to and beyond, the dual release of ‘Mezmerize’ [SIC] and ‘Hypnotize’ in 2005, both of which also debuted at number one. The following year, SOAD initiated an official, four-year hiatus while its principals explored other projects, and the group reunited for touring purposes in 2010, with no immediate plans to record new material.

Selected Discography: ‘System of a Down’ (1998), ‘Toxicity’ (2001), ‘Mezmerize’/‘Hypnotize’ (2005) Related Artists: Serj Tankian, Daron Malakian, Shavo Odadjian, John Dolmayan, Scars on Broadway Further Reading: 10 Best System of a Down Songs

‘Mortal Kombat X’ TV Spot Featuring System of a Down’s ‘Chop Suey’ Surfaces

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The TV spot promoting 'Mortal Kombat X' and featuring System of a Down's 'Chop Suey' arrived early over the weekend.

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System of a Down’s Shavo Odadjian in Teaser Trailer for ‘Mortal Kombat X’

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System of a Down's Shavo Odadjian turns up in a new trailer for 'Mortal Kombat X' that shows him working on music for the game.

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System of a Down’s Shavo Odadjian Reveals Band Has Written New Songs

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According to bassist Shavo Odadjian, SOAD have already penned some new songs and "there's a very good chance" they'll head into the studio soon.

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System of a Down, Deftones, Linkin Park + More To Play 2015 Amnesia Rockfest

Serj Tankian / Chino Moreno
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Canada's largest rock festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a lineup that includes over 100 bands.

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Female Singer Performs Haunting Cover of System of a Down’s ‘Toxicity’

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Singer Maahya delivers a haunting and melodic version of System of a Down's 'Toxicity.'

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System of a Down’s Serj Tankian: ‘There Has Been Talk’ of a New Album

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System of a Down's Serj Tankian reveals in a new interview that the band members have discussed the possibility of a new album.

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System of a Down Add U.S. Date to ‘Wake Up the Souls’ Tour

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Frank Maddocks

System of a Down have added the first U.S. date to their 2015 schedule.

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System of a Down Perform First and Only Show of 2014

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System of a Down performed their first and only show of 2014 on Saturday night (Dec. 13) at the Forum in Los Angeles as part of KROQ’s Almost Acoustic Christmas.

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System of a Down Announce ‘Wake Up the Souls’ 2015 Tour

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Frank Maddocks

System of a Down are revving up once again for a tour to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide.

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You Think You Know System of a Down?

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