System of a Down

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System of a Down

System of a Down performing
Background information
Origin Los Angeles, USA
Genres Alternative metal, nu metal, heavy metal, hard rock
Years active 1994 - 2006
Members
Serj Tankian
Daron Malakian
Shava Odadjian
John Dolmayan
Past members
Andy Khachaturian

System of a Down is an American metal band. They started in 1995 in Los Angeles, California by four members of Armenian descent, Serj Tankian (lead singer, born August 21, 1967), Daron Malakian (lead guitar, singer, born July 18, 1975), Shavo Odadjian (bass, background singer, born April 22, 1974) and Andy Khachaturian (but was replaced with John Dolmayan). He played the drums.

The band have five albums:

  • System of a Down (1998)
  • Toxicity (2001)
  • Steal This Album! (2002)
  • Mezmerize (2005)
  • Hypnotize (2005).

The band became successful with popular songs like "Sugar", "Spiders", "Chop Suey!", "Toxicity", "Aerials", "B.Y.O.B.", "Question!", "Hypnotize", and "Lonely Day".

After the release of Mezmerize/Hypnotize, System of a Down went on a break, but they say they have not broken up.

Often described as very angry, Khachaturian was unhappy about his place as drummer, and wanted to lead the band. He left the band and the drummer from the band, "Friik", John Dolmayan, joined the band.

Early days[change | edit source]

Serj, Daron, and Shavo, went to the same school, Alex Pilibos School for Armenian Americans in Los Angeles, when they were young.

In 1995, they made their first demo tape, and had the songs: "Suite-Pee", "Sugar", "Dam", and "P.L.U.C.K.(Politically Lying Unholy Cowardly Killers)". In 1996, another demo tape was released with the songs: Soil, and two songs that were not on the first album, "Honey" and "Temper". They made another demo tape, and this was the one that got them put on the record label. The producer, Rick Rubin, had tried to sign up the band several times before they agreed.

First album[change | edit source]

In 1997, SOAD teamed up with Rubin and produced their first studio album in 1997, System of a Down. This album was not as popular as the next album, but it made people aware of who and what System of a Down stood for.

Their next album, Toxicity, made in 2001, had their first UK top 20 single "Chop Suey". This album explores a more melodic side of metal music. It is also political; for example the opening track: "Prison Song" which has Serj speaking the lines "Minor drug offenders med up with Rubin and produced their first studio album in 1997, System of a Down. This album was not as popular as the next album, but it made people aware of who and what System of a Down stood for.

Double album[change | edit source]

In May 2005, the band released part one of a double album, Mezmerize. More melodic than before, it included "B.Y.O.B" (Bring Your Own Bombs), and "Lost in Hollywood"; a song based on Daron's childhood about growing up in Hollywood, which he did not think was all that glamorous.

Months later, the second part of the double album, Hypnotize, was released. This was the same sort of style as they were recorded at the same time.

Taking a break[change | edit source]

In 2006, the band decided that they were going to go on break for a little while. They said they were going to come back together in a few years. After 10 years together, they each wanted to do different things for a while. They've been rumors of them returning in 2011. In July 2010 Dolmayan said in an interview that the band will most likely tour in 2011.[1]

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