SYSTEM OF A DOWN

Alternative Metal • United States
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System of a Down (commonly referred to as System or abbreviated as SOAD) is an American alternative metal band, formed in 1994 from Los Angeles, California. All four members are of Armenian descent, and are widely known for their outspoken radical views expressed in many of their songs confronting the Armenian Genocide of 1915 by the Ottoman Empire and the ongoing War on Terror by the US government. The band consists of Serj Tankian (vocals), Daron Malakian (vocals, guitar), Shavo Odadjian (bass, vocals) and John Dolmayan (drums). System of a Down has achieved commercial success with five albums, and many singles such as their breakout hit "Chop Suey!", "Toxicity", "Aerials", "B.Y.O.B.", "Question!", "Hypnotize", and "Lonely Day". Their works have earned them one Grammy Award amongst three nominations.

System of a Down went on hiatus in 2006, with Serj Tankian pursuing a solo career and Daron Malakian and John Dolmayan forming
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SYSTEM OF A DOWN System of a Down album cover 3.84 | 63 ratings
System of a Down
Alternative Metal 1998
SYSTEM OF A DOWN Toxicity album cover 4.19 | 105 ratings
Toxicity
Alternative Metal 2001
SYSTEM OF A DOWN Steal This Album! album cover 3.81 | 41 ratings
Steal This Album!
Alternative Metal 2002
SYSTEM OF A DOWN Mezmerize album cover 4.06 | 70 ratings
Mezmerize
Alternative Metal 2005
SYSTEM OF A DOWN Hypnotize album cover 3.80 | 49 ratings
Hypnotize
Alternative Metal 2005

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SYSTEM OF A DOWN Lonely Day album cover 4.25 | 2 ratings
Lonely Day
Alternative Metal 2006

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SYSTEM OF A DOWN demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

SYSTEM OF A DOWN 1995 Demo Tape album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
1995 Demo Tape
Alternative Metal 1995
SYSTEM OF A DOWN Demo Tape 1 album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Demo Tape 1
Alternative Metal 1995
SYSTEM OF A DOWN Demo Tape 2 album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Demo Tape 2
Alternative Metal 1996
SYSTEM OF A DOWN Demo Tape 3 album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Demo Tape 3
Alternative Metal 1996
SYSTEM OF A DOWN System of a Down (Demo Tape 4) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
System of a Down (Demo Tape 4)
Alternative Metal 1997
SYSTEM OF A DOWN Spiders album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Spiders
Alternative Metal 1999
SYSTEM OF A DOWN Sugar E.P. album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Sugar E.P.
Alternative Metal 1999
SYSTEM OF A DOWN Johnny album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Johnny
Alternative Metal 2001
SYSTEM OF A DOWN Innervision album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Innervision
Alternative Metal 2002

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SYSTEM OF A DOWN singles (8)

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Sugar
Alternative Metal 1999
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4.17 | 3 ratings
Chop Suey!
Alternative Metal 2001
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4.50 | 3 ratings
Toxicity
Alternative Metal 2001
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4.50 | 3 ratings
Aerials
Alternative Metal 2002
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4.33 | 3 ratings
B.Y.O.B.
Alternative Metal 2005
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3.83 | 3 ratings
Question!
Alternative Metal 2005
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Lonely Day
Alternative Metal 2006
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4.00 | 2 ratings
Protect The Land / Genocidal Humanoidz
Alternative Metal 2020

SYSTEM OF A DOWN movies (DVD, Blu-Ray or VHS)

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5.00 | 1 ratings
Psycho Messiahs
Alternative Metal 2002

SYSTEM OF A DOWN Reviews

SYSTEM OF A DOWN System of a Down

Album · 1998 · Alternative Metal
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SilentScream213
System of a Down Top Alternative Metal album of 1998 System of a Down were one of the first Metal bands I really got into, and as such they were a pretty influential act for me. Even at the time, I never worshipped them or anything, but I did find them to be pretty great with some absolutely stellar songs. As I’ve matured, I find myself listening to the self-titled debut all the way through for the first time in… God, maybe 10 years? And it’s really not aged well. It’s still got two fantastic songs on it, but there is sooo much filler. Not to mention, it gets substantially weaker near the end.

The album is lacking in just about every department except for creativity and uniqueness. Riffs are simple and forgettable, with few leads at all, mostly relying on standard rhythm guitarwork. System of a Down have an amazing rhythm section in both Shavo and Dolyman, each having a very unique style that get tons of focus. Except, here, they didn’t have that style yet. They just sounded like run of the mill rhythm musicians.

The album feels way too long, but it’s only 40 minutes. No doubt thanks to most of the 13 tracks being unmemorable, outstaying their welcome and meandering nowhere. Some of the lyrics are alright, but there’s also a lot of cryptic word-salad and goofiness (not that they ever outgrew that).

Overall, it’s just not a great record. It’s fine. But the years have not been kind to it in my ears. I feel like this one gets way too much credit just because of the band’s legacy and because it’s “quirky.”

SYSTEM OF A DOWN Toxicity

Album · 2001 · Alternative Metal
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martindavey87
After gaining a huge cult following with their self-titled 1998 debut, System of a Down exploded worldwide with their 2001 follow-up, 'Toxicity'. With nu metal at its peak, the band's sound was perfect to appeal to fans both old and new, and with one absolute colossal hit, they were ready for worldwide mega stardom.

Following on from where their previous album left off, 'Toxicity' is a fast, furious and frantic release that refuses to let up for a single moment. The chemistry between the band members is incredible, with special mention to unique and eccentric vocalist Serj Tankian and guitarist Daron Malakian's erratic and intense guitar work. Right from start to finish this is a relentless assault on the senses.

Of course, this album is best known for one song, and we all know what that is, don't we? 'Chop Suey'. With its unusual lyrics and unique vocal style, 'Chop Suey', besides being one of the most well-known, beloved and recognizable metal songs of all time, transcends the metal genre. Such is its reputation that non-metal fans love it too!

However, there's more to this release than just one song, and 'Toxicity' is absolutely overflowing with hits. 'Prison Song', 'Science', 'Deer Dance', 'Jet Pilot', 'Bounce', 'Psycho' and 'Shimmy' are all incredible songs that are definitely worth a listen, and then there's the title track and closing track 'Aerials', which were both released as singles and, while not as well known as 'Chop Suey', have still gone on to become metal classics in their own right.

With the release of 'Toxicity', System of a Down became one of those few bands that are truly in a league of their own, and who's future will forever be defined by this album. A monumental success and one of metals most revered albums, there's really no excuses for not hearing this by now!

SYSTEM OF A DOWN System of a Down

Album · 1998 · Alternative Metal
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martindavey87
It's 1998, and with nu metal slowly getting its footing and revitalizing what was, at that point, a dying metal scene, there's no denying that amongst the rap metal hybrid acts such as Limp Bizkit and Rage Against the Machine, and the teenage angst ridden beats of Papa Roach and Korn, there was one band who had a unique sound of their own, and that band was Spineshank.

Just kidding.

System of a Down's self-titled debut album is literally all over the place, from calm to erratic in a heartbeat. It's raw and aggressive, yet at times can be soothing and melodic, whilst maintaining a take-no-prisoners "fuck the world" attitude. It's dirty, gritty, and full of rage and spite. Certainly not a record for the weak-hearted.

Vocalist Serj Tankian has expertly managed to blend all kinds of singing, from melodic clean vocals to shouting, a wide range of eccentric falsetto, something considerably theatrical, and what can only be described as "vocal effects", it could be seen as an acquired taste, but it's certainly unique! And his vocals are perfectly backed by Daron Malakian's guitars. Punchy, heavy and relentless. Frantically shifting from crunchy riffs to odd, out-of-tune bends and licks. It's a recognizable style that very few have been able to replicate.

Highlights to look out for include 'Suite-Pee', 'Know', 'Ddevil' (nope, that wasn't a typo!), 'Peephole' and of course the classic, 'Sugar'.

As a whole, this is a cracking debut. It shows a band with incredible chemistry and potential (which they would certainly live up to), and the only real problem with it today is that it seems a bit dated and overshadowed by what the band would go on to release later in their careers.

SYSTEM OF A DOWN Toxicity

Album · 2001 · Alternative Metal
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Warthur
Wildly experimental, like Primus doing a take on extreme metal at points with lyrics in the vein of a much more direct and heavy-handed Rage Against the Machine, System of a Down's Toxicity in principle is a wildly diverse calvacade of styles but in practice is a bit of a mess. It had the bad luck to come out a mere week before 9/11, which meant that a bunch of fresh political concerns couldn't be addressed on it, but otherwise I guess it is a decent enough snapshot of its time lyrically speaking, but it's a little too often weird for weird's sake. (In particular, the Primus-isms they sometimes indulge in manage to be more irritating than actual Primus.)

SYSTEM OF A DOWN Toxicity

Album · 2001 · Alternative Metal
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siLLy puPPy
After a promising debut all comes together in a magnificent way for SYSTEM OF A DOWN on TOXICITY. This is a landmark of metal of sort as nothing in all of metal or music at large sounds like it. Although the band itself refers to their unique hybrid of musical styles modestly as pop music, they have in fact developed a unique sonicscape residing on the alternative branch of metal previously getting lumped in with all those rap rock groups that were popular around the same time. It's not really farfetched since the lyrics are often half rapped and half sung. SOAD were just far more sophisticated in their compositions and creativity than many of their contemporaries.

This album delivers a vitriolic bite as it vituperates the power structure and its long list of injustices while keeping the listener engaged with clever and genre bending twists and turns that take the listener from soft melodic acoustic passages to hard repetitious thrash riffing in an instant. Serj Tankian is a master of alternating everything from melodic harmonies to death metal growls and back again without the slightest stumble. The guitar, bass and drums are tight but playful as well. They weave a musical tapestry that incorporate the harmonies of the individual players and then play together in unison in an instant often offering faint dissonance for contrast all sewn together with a nerdy prog charm and even show their sense of humor with the thrash pogo stick party on “Bounce.”

This is one of those rare albums that seems to have mass popular appeal as it is brutal enough to please extreme metalheads, melodic enough for the traditional crowd and unique enough to fulfill its inclusion into the alternative world. It debuted at #1 on Billboard's album charts and has sold a gazillion copies. Phenomenal album that I personally never tire of hearing. Five Hollywood Stars for this toxic concoction of inflamed fusion that only SOAD could deliver.

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