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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 the popularityofsuch likemindedbands as Korn andthe Deftones. Vocalist Serj Tankian, guitarist DaronMalakian,bassistShavo Odadjian, and drummerJohnDolmayan formedSystem of a Down in SouthernCalifornia in the mid-'90s.Theyquicklyearned a strong following in Los Angeles,largelybased on strong word ofmouth. A three-song demobegancirculatingthroughmetal ...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 the popularityofsuch likemindedbands as Korn andthe Deftones. Vocalist Serj Tankian, guitarist DaronMalakian,bassistShavo Odadjian, and drummerJohnDolmayan formedSystem of a Down in SouthernCalifornia in the mid-'90s.Theyquicklyearned a strong following in Los Angeles,largelybased on strong word ofmouth. A three-song demobegancirculatingthroughmetal collectors, 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 by ColumbiaRecords.American/Columbiareleasedthegroup'seponymous debutalbum in the summer of 1998, securing the band opening spots on theSlayerandOzzfest tours.Systemeventually wentgold, and set up the September2001 release of the even more 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 eatURmusic imprint and Tankian alabelcalledSerjicalStrike; Tankian alsocollaborated with Armenian avant-gardefolk musician Arto Tuncboyaciyan in a projectcalledSerart. InNovember 2002System issued the bare-bones but no less powerful odds'n'ends set Steal 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 a single,epicalbumreleasedintwoparts.Mezmerize/Hypnotize kept System's furious creativity alive, incorporating the wild vocalmelodies,lyricalpassion, andrabidstructuralshifts that hadbecome their trademark. Mezmerize, or part one, appeared in May2005,whileHypnotize, its finalsection,appeared later in theyear, and both hit the topof the album charts. « hide

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

LPs
Hypnotize
2005

3.5
3,619 Votes
Mezmerize
2005

3.7
3,926 Votes
Steal This Album!
2002

3.6
3,069 Votes
Toxicity
2001

4.1
5,100 Votes
System of a Down
1998

4.1
3,560 Votes
EPs
Lonely Day
2006

3.4
133 Votes
Kill Rock 'n Roll
2006

3.5
60 Votes
Genicide Noun
2006

2.2
3 Votes
Limited Edition Tour EP
2000

3.5
1 Votes
Sugar
1998

4
79 Votes
Demo Tape 4
1997

3.5
5 Votes
Demo Tape 3
1997

4
5 Votes
Demo Tape 2
1996

3.3
6 Votes
Untitled Demo Tape
1995

3.2
3 Votes
Demo Tape 1
1995

3.4
4 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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