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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

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

System Of A Down
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

System Of A Down
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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How well do you know System of a Down? Add to your knowledge by checking out this video.

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Linkin Park, System of a Down, U2 + Weezer Lead ‘Almost Acoustic Christmas’ Shows in L.A.

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Kevin Winter (2) / Stefan Gosatti / Handout, Getty Images

L.A.-based KROQ-FM has pulled out the stops for its 25th 'Almost Acoustic Christmas' shows, booking Linkin Park, System of a Down, U2 and Weezer.

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10-Year-Old Crushes System of a Down’s ‘Chop Suey!’ + Slipknot’s ‘Sulfur’ on Drums

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YouTube: leonardo constancio

10-year-old Leonardo Constantius chose to jam 'Chop Suey!' and 'Sulfur' for a presentation at school.

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Watch System of a Down’s ‘Chop Suey’ Get Mashed Up With ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’

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Is Leonardo DiCaprio ready to do his best Serj Tankian? Not quite, but check out this awesome System of a Down / 'Wolf of Wall Street' mash up.

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Shavo Odadjian, Rudy Sarzo + dUg Pinnick Lead 2014 Bass Player LIVE! Clinics

Shavo Odadjian Rudy Sarzo Dug Pinnick
Gabriel Olsen / Frazer Harrison, Getty Images / Kathy Flynn, WickedGoddessPhotography.com

System of a Down's Shavo Odadjian, Quiet Riot great Rudy Sarzo and talented King's X leader dUg Pinnick will take part in the 2014 Bass Player Live! clinics.

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System of a Down vs. Marilyn Manson – Classic Cage Match

System of a Down vs Marilyn Manson
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Vote for either System of a Down's 'Chop Suey' or Marilyn Manson's 'The Fight Song' in this Loudwire Classic Cage Match.

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System of a Down vs. Deftones – Classic Cage Match

System of a Down vs Deftones
American / Maverick

Vote for either System of a Down's 'Chop Suey' or Deftones' 'Back to School (Mini Maggit)' in this Loudwire Classic Cage Match.

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