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System of a Down

Like many late-'90s metal bands, System of a Down struck a balance between '80s underground thrash metalandmetallicearly-'90salternativerockerslike Jane's Addiction. Their dark, neo-gothic alternative metal earned a cult followinginthe wakeof thepopularityofsuch likemindedbands as Korn andthe Deftones. Vocalist Serj Tankian, guitarist DaronMalakian,bassistShavoOdadjian, and drummerJohnDolmayan formedSystem of a Down in SouthernCalifornia in the mid-'90s.Theyquicklyearned astrong following in Los Angeles,largelybased on strong word ofmouth. A three-song demobegancirculatingthroughmetalcollector ...read more

Like many late-'90s metal bands, System of a Down struck a balance between '80s underground thrash metalandmetallicearly-'90salternativerockerslike Jane's Addiction. Their dark, neo-gothic alternative metal earned a cult followinginthe wakeof thepopularityofsuch likemindedbands as Korn andthe Deftones. Vocalist Serj Tankian, guitarist DaronMalakian,bassistShavoOdadjian, and drummerJohnDolmayan formedSystem of a Down in SouthernCalifornia in the mid-'90s.Theyquicklyearned astrong following in Los Angeles,largelybased on strong word ofmouth. A three-song demobegancirculatingthroughmetalcollectors, and their fan base soon spreadthroughout notonly America, but Europeand New Zealand.

By the end of 1997, the group had signed to American, then distributed byColumbiaRecords.American/Columbiareleasedthegroup'seponymous debutalbum in the summer of 1998, securing the bandopening spots on theSlayerandOzzfest tours.Systemeventually wentgold, and set up the September2001 release of the evenmore ambitiousToxicity.System'ssecondeffort was another heavymusictriumph, shaming the majority of their nu-metalcompetition andrunning awaywith multi-platinumhonors. The quartet didn't slowdown.Malakian started the eatURmusicimprint and Tankian alabelcalledSerjicalStrike; Tankian alsocollaborated with Armenian avant-gardefolk musician ArtoTuncboyaciyan in a projectcalledSerart. InNovember 2002System issued the bare-bones but no less powerful odds'n'ends setSteal This Album!; theyalsoremainedpolitically active.

By 2004, System of a Down was back in the studio with Rick Rubin. The bold result of those sessions was asingle,epicalbumreleasedintwoparts.Mezmerize/Hypnotize kept System's furious creativity alive, incorporating the wildvocalmelodies,lyricalpassion, andrabidstructuralshifts that hadbecome their trademark. Mezmerize, or part one, appeared inMay2005,whileHypnotize, its finalsection,appeared later in theyear, and both hit the topof the album charts. « hide

Similar Bands: Serj Tankian, Ninjaspy, Scars on Broadway, The Apex Theory, Mudvayne

LPs
Hypnotize
2005

3.5
3,729 Votes
Mezmerize
2005

3.7
4,042 Votes
Steal This Album!
2002

3.6
3,163 Votes
Toxicity
2001

4.1
5,283 Votes
System of a Down
1998

4.1
3,693 Votes
EPs
Lonely Day
2006

3.4
133 Votes
Kill Rock 'n Roll
2006

3.5
59 Votes
Genicide Noun
2006

2.9
4 Votes
Limited Edition Tour EP
2000

3.5
1 Votes
Sugar
1998

3.9
82 Votes
Demo Tape 4
1997

3.6
4 Votes
Demo Tape 3
1997

4
4 Votes
Demo Tape 2
1996

3.5
6 Votes
Untitled Demo Tape
1995

3
2 Votes
Demo Tape 1
1995

3.5
3 Votes
Live Albums
Rock In Rio
2011

3
1 Votes
KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas


3
1 Votes
Live At The Wireless


3
1 Votes
Compilations
Toxicity II
2002

2.3
2 Votes
Toxic Traxx
2001

3.5
1 Votes

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