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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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System of a Down, Pantera + Green Day Featured on ‘Guitar Hero Live’ Play List

Tracks from System of a Down, Pantera, Green Day and more have been confirmed for the upcoming 'Guitar Hero Live' game.

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System of a Down Rock Massive Crowd During Historic Show in Armenia – Watch Full Concert

SOAD's Armenian show included a massive 37-song set filled with fan favorites and deep cuts spanning the group's entire discography.

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Watch Today: Live Stream of System of a Down’s First-Ever Performance in Armenia

Check out a stream the band’s first-ever performance in Armenia, which is the band’s last date on its Wake Up The Souls trek.

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System of a Down Talk Armenian Genocide, Possibility of New Album + Iron Maiden

System of a Down's Serj Tankian and John Dolmayan answered questions both serious and silly in a recent Reddit AMA session.

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Shavo Odadjian-Directed Trailer for ‘Mortal Kombat X’ Powered by System of a Down Classic

A new Shavo Odadjian-directed 'Mortal Kombat X' trailer featuring more gameplay has surfaced online.

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System of a Down on Armenian Genocide: ‘The Denial Is a Spit in the Face of Us Every Year’

Serj Tankian and John Dolmayan took place in a press conference about their upcoming 'Wake Up the Souls' trek and bring recognition to the Armenian genocide.

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

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’

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

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

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

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