Contact Us
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
toxicity

15 Years Ago: System of a Down Unleash ‘Toxicity’

'Toxicity' remains System of a Down’s most popular album and one of the most offbeat and original multiplatinum metal releases of all time.

Read More

System Of A Down
Frank Maddocks

System of a Down Tease Big Plans With Rehearsal Photos

With a simple pair of photographs posted via Instagram, System of a Down revealed they’re jamming together once again.

Read More

Category: Metal, News, Rock Tags:
Kevin Winter, Getty Images
Kevin Winter, Getty Images

System of a Down’s Serj Tankian: ‘Civilization in Its Current Form Has Run Its Course’

System of a Down vocalist Serj Tankian has posted a rant on the current state of civilization and his hopes for a positive culture change.

Read More

System of a Down 1998
American Recordings

18 Years Ago: System of a Down Release Self-Titled Debut Album

On June 30, 1998, System of a Down made their presence felt with their self-titled debut disc.

Read More

YouTube: ChristinaGrimmieMusic
YouTube: ChristinaGrimmieMusic

Slain ‘Voice’ Contestant Christina Grimmie Once Covered System of a Down + Stone Sour

Watch the late Christina Grimmie as she once performed covers of System of a Down and Stone Sour songs.

Read More

YouTube
YouTube

Serj Tankian Praises Naregatsi Ensemble Cover of System of a Down’s ‘Aerials’

Serj Tankian has posted and praised a new cover of System of a Down's 'Aerials' as performed by the Naregatsi Ensemble.

Read More

System of a Down Serj Tankian
Kevin Winter, Getty Images

Serj Tankian: ‘There’s Definitely Communication Going On’ Concerning New System of a Down Music

Could there be more System of a Down music coming? Serj Tankian reveals the band has been communicating about new music.

Read More

Kevin Winter, Getty Images / Kathy Flynn, WickedGoddessPhotography.com
Kevin Winter, Getty Images / Kathy Flynn, WickedGoddessPhotography.com

System of a Down, ‘Chop Suey!’ vs. Avenged Sevenfold, ‘Nightmare’ – March Metal Madness 2016 – Quarterfinals

System of a Down take on Avenged Sevenfold in the Quarterfinals of March Metal Madness to determine the Best Metal Song of the 21st Century.

Read More

Loudwire
Loudwire

11 Unforgettable System of a Down Moments

We celebrate the career of metal’s most beloved traffickers of weirdness, System of a Down.

Read More

Kevin Winter, Getty Images / Mary Ouellette, SheWillShootYou.com
Kevin Winter, Getty Images / Mary Ouellette, SheWillShootYou.com

System of a Down, ‘Chop Suey!’ vs. Godsmack, ‘Awake’ – March Metal Madness 2016, Round 2

System of a Down take on Godsmack in Round 2 of March Metal Madness to determine the Best Metal Song of the 21st Century.

Read More

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://loudwire.com using your original account information.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for Loudwire quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!