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System of a Down

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
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Psychostick Turn System of a Down’s ‘B.Y.O.B.’ Into Christmas Parody ‘N.O.E.L.’

Psychostick have turned System of a Down's 'B.Y.O.B.' into a Christmas consumerism parody, 'N.O.E.L.'

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Columbia

11 Years Ago: System of a Down Release ‘Hypnotize’ Album

On Nov. 22, 2005, System of a Down released the latter portion of two album project, 'Hypnotize.'

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Kevin Winter, Getty Images

System of a Down Officially Working on Sixth Studio Album

System of a Down drummer John Dolmayan has confirmed a new record is on the way.

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Frank Maddocks

System of a Down, Aerosmith, Slayer, Prophets of Rage, Rob Zombie + More Lead 2017 Download Festival Lineup

System of a Down, Aerosmith, Slayer, Prophets of Rage and Rob Zombie are among those heading to Donington Park for the 2017 Download Festival.

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YouTube

Metamorphestra Crowdfund Orchestral Covers Album, Take on System of a Down’s ‘Chop Suey’

Watch Metamorphestra give System of a Down's 'Chop Suey' an orchestral spin and learn about how you can help crowdfund their new album.

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YouTube: Fine Brothers

Breaking News: Elders Don’t Get System of a Down

Elders react to System of a Down's music videos.

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System of a Down Post More Rehearsal Footage From Studio

System of a Down are continuing to rehearse in the studio and have posted two new clips.

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2017 Rock Am Ring and Rock Im Park
2017 Rock Am Ring and Rock Im Park

System of a Down, Prophets of Rage Lead 2017 Rock am Ring + Rock im Park Festivals

The initial list of acts taking part in the 2017 Rock am Ring and Rock im Park festivals has been revealed, with System of a Down leading the way.

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Kevin Winter, Getty Images / Ethan Miller, Getty Images

System of a Down vs. Avenged Sevenfold – Rocktober Rumble, Round 1

Vote for System of a Down's 'Chop Suey' or Avenged Sevenfold's 'Nightmare' in this Rocktober matchup to determine the best hard rock hit of the 21st Century.

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Frank Maddocks

System of a Down Announce 2017 European Tour Dates

It’s official — System of a Down will be active in 2017!

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