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System of a Down

Armenian-American rock band

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An Acquired Taste...

  • Dec 18, 2008
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System of a Down is probably one of my all-time favorite bands. I love their unique style of rock, and their upfront, liberal lyrics. Serj Tankien has an amazing way of projecting his unmistakable voice, and can go from screaming to serenading in seconds. The guitars use drop C tuning for most of their songs, and it just yells "heavy!".

System is a very socially aware band. They express their political views in their songs, and have included such topics as religion, the war on drugs, the Armenian Genocide, and censorship. They are a member of the "Axis of Justice" : a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing together musicians, fans, and grassroots political organizations to fight for social justice.

As of the present time, the band has taken a break to focus on seperate solo projects. Serj Tankian has released several songs on his own, and they have done quite well. The members say that System of a Down is not finished, and that they will be back in the future...I for one hope they mean it.
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January 05, 2012
February 28, 2009
I loved their first three records, but didn't like 'Hypnotize,' or their solo work. It just didn't do it for me. I only saw them live once, but it ruled!
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Quick Tip by . November 22, 2011
I dont know how I stumbled onto System of a Down but Im super glad I did. I love thier music, theres such emotion in the way Serj sings. I will admit it takes a while to get used to them as the music is "odd" but if you do you will see why they are so awesome. For new commers I recommend Dreaming , Chop Suey and BYOB.
Quick Tip by . November 22, 2011
posted in Music Matters
This band was nothing more than an unimaginative, uninspired amalgamation of pseudo-thrash metal fused with banal nu-metal and peppered with the occasional Arabic-sounding guitar noodle. The band's attempts at being "wacky" really make me sick. Look, guys, you aren't Frank Zappa just because your lyrics string together random words, and your political views are no more insightful than the by-the-book agenda of a leftist college student.      If you want "wacky" …
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Formed: 1995 in
Years Active: 90 's, 00's
Genre: ROCK

Like many late-'90s metal bands, System of a Down struck a balance between '80s underground thrash metal and metallic early-'90s alternative rockers like Jane's Addiction. Their dark, neo-gothic alternative metal earned a cult following in the wake of the popularity of such likeminded bands as Korn and the Deftones. Vocalist Serj Tankian, guitarist Daron Malakian, bassist Shavo Odadjian, and drummer John Dolmayan formed System of a Down in Southern California in the mid-'90s. They quickly earned a strong following in Los Angeles, largely based on strong word of mouth. A three-song demo began circulating through metal collectors, and their fan base soon spread throughout not only America, but Europe and New Zealand.

By the end of 1997, the group had signed to American, then distributed by Columbia Records. American/Columbia released the group's eponymous debut album in the summer of 1998, securing the band opening spots on the Slayer and Ozzfest tours. System eventually went gold, and set up the September 2001 release of the even more ambitious Toxicity. System's second effort was another heavy music triumph, shaming the majority of their nu-metal competition and running away with multi-platinum honors. The quartet didn't slow down. Malakian started the eatURmusic imprint and Tankian a label called Serjical Strike; Tankian also collaborated with Armenian avant-garde folk musician ...

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Genre: Rock & Alternative
Years Active: Formed: 1995 Years Active: 90 's, 00's

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