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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
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YouTube: Eduarda Henklein Baterista

Five-Year-Old Drummer Plays System of a Down’s ‘Chop Suey’

Move over John Dolmayan, this little girl is coming for you! Check out this five-year-old hammering away to System of a Down's 'Chop Suey.'

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Columbia

10 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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Frank Maddocks

System of a Down to Receive Parajanov-Vartanov Institute Honor for ‘Wake Up the Souls’ Tour

System of a Down are set to be rewarded for their commitment to justice associated with the 'Wake Up the Souls' tour.

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Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

System of a Down Trio Rock Brazilian Hotel Bar During Rock in Rio Visit

Sometimes you just want to play, and three-fourths of System of a Down took to the stage at a Brazilian hotel bar during their visit for Rock in Rio.

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Rock in Rio

System of a Down Perform ‘Toxicity’ With Deftones’ Chino Moreno at Rock in Rio

During the band's near two-hour set, System invited Deftones frontman Chino Moreno onstage to help sing "Toxicity."

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Frank Maddocks

System of a Down’s Riot Fest Gig Stopped Multiple Times Due to Serious Fan Injuries

Things unfortunately got dangerous during the performance, forcing System of a Down to pause multiple times due to fan injuries.

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14 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.

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Top 10 System of a Down Songs [Watch]

System of a Down are one of metal's most innovative bands, and we make our picks for the Top 10 System of a Down Songs.

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Disturbed, System of a Down + Halestorm Join ‘Rock Band 4’ Playlist

Disturbed, System of a Down and Halestorm lead a new list of acts confirmed to provide music for the 'Rock Band 4' video game.

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Green Day vs. System of a Down – Best Live Band, Round 2

Vote for either Green Day or System of a Down in this Round 2 matchup of the Best Live Band competition.

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