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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 metal and metallic early-'90salternative rockers like Jane's Addiction. Their dark, neo-gothic alternative metal earned a cult following in the wake of the popularity ofsuch likeminded bands as Korn and the Deftones. Vocalist Serj Tankian, guitarist Daron Malakian, bassist Shavo Odadjian, and drummerJohn 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 c ...read more

Like many late-'90s metal bands, System of a Down struck a balance between '80s underground thrash metal and metallic early-'90salternative rockers like Jane's Addiction. Their dark, neo-gothic alternative metal earned a cult following in the wake of the popularity ofsuch likeminded bands as Korn and the Deftones. Vocalist Serj Tankian, guitarist Daron Malakian, bassist Shavo Odadjian, and drummerJohn 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 spreadthroughout 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'seponymous debut album in the summer of 1998, securing the band opening spots on the Slayer and Ozzfest tours. System eventually wentgold, and set up the September 2001 release of the even more ambitious Toxicity. System's second effort was another heavy musictriumph, 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-gardefolk musician Arto Tuncboyaciyan in a project called Serart. In November 2002 System issued the bare-bones but no less powerful odds 'n'ends set Steal This Album!; they also remained politically active.

By 2004, System of a Down was back in the studio with Rick Rubin. The bold result of those sessions was a single, epic album released intwo parts. Mezmerize/Hypnotize kept System's furious creativity alive, incorporating the wild vocal melodies, lyrical passion, and rabidstructural shifts that had become their trademark. Mezmerize, or part one, appeared in May 2005, while Hypnotize, its final section,appeared later in the year, and both hit the top of the album charts. « hide

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LPs
Hypnotize
2005

3.5
3,165 Votes
Mezmerize
2005

3.7
3,431 Votes
Steal This Album!
2002

3.6
2,653 Votes
Toxicity
2001

4.1
4,453 Votes
System of a Down
1998

4.1
3,041 Votes
EPs
Lonely Day
2006

3.5
132 Votes
Kill Rock 'n Roll
2006

3.5
58 Votes
Sugar
1998

3.9
84 Votes
Live Albums
Los Angeles Live
1997

3.9
90 Votes

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