Origin: Los Angeles, California, USA  
Genres: Nu-Metal
Last update/review: January 17, 2017

System Of A Down

The interestingly-named System Of A Down seemingly came out of nowhere in 1998, signing to American Records and winning a major tour support slot with Slayer, prompting an en masse response of "Who?" from Slayer fans. Of the many nu-metal bands that emerged during the heyday of the genre, System Of A Down are generally a bit heavier, certainly more socially/politically aware (the quartet are all of Armenian descent), and clearly more eclectic and diverse in their songwriting, evidenced by songs such as "Peephole", their first big hit and still a BNR favorite. Their debut album was a pleasant surprise in 1998, and they haven't looked back since, with their next two albums (Toxicity and the humorously-titled Steal This Album!) steadily building up the band's popularity, and both of two their 2005 albums Mezmerize and Hypnotize debuting at #1 on the US charts. A year later they announced what turned out to be a four-year hiatus, the members scattering to various projects both musical and not. By 2010 they'd come back together and have played some live festivals and limited tours, and in recent times have hinted at a new album if and when the time is right.

Current Members

Serj Tankian

vocals

Daron Malakian

guitars/vocals

Shavo Odadjian

bass

John Dolmayan

drums



Discography


System Of A Down  
1998 American
  1. Suite-pee
  2. Know
  3. Sugar
  4. Suggestions
  5. Spiders
  6. Ddevil
  7. Soil
  8. War?
  9. Mind
  10. Peephole
  11. Cube rt
  12. Darts
  13. P.L.U.C.K.
  • Serj Tankian
  • Daron Malakian
  • Shavo Odadjian
  • John Dolmayan
1998 Readers' Album #29





Toxicity  
2001 American
  1. Prison Song
  2. Needles
  3. Deer Dance
  4. Jet Pilot
  5. X
  6. Chop Suey!
  7. Bounce
  8. Forest
  9. Atwa
  10. Silence
  11. Shimmy
  12. Toxicity
  13. Psycho
  14. Aerials
  • Serj Tankian
  • Daron Malakian
  • Shavo Odadjian
  • John Dolmayan
2001 Readers' Album #3





Steal This Album!  
2002 American
  1. Chic ‘n’ Stu
  2. Innervision
  3. Bubbles
  4. Boom!
  5. Nuguns
  6. A.D.D. (American Dream Denial)
  7. Mr. Jack
  8. I-E-A-I-A-I-O
  9. 36
  10. Pictures
  11. Highway Song
  12. Fuck The System
  13. Ego Brain
  14. Thetawaves’
  15. Roulette
  16. Streamline
  • Serj Tankian
  • Daron Malakian
  • Shavo Odadjian
  • John Dolmayan
2002 Readers' Album #38




Mezmerize  
2005 American
  1. Soldier Side (Intro)
  2. B.Y.O.B.
  3. Revenga
  4. Cigaro
  5. Radio/Video
  6. This Cocaine Makes Me Feel Like I'm On This Song
  7. Violent Pornography
  8. Question!
  9. Sad Statue
  10. Old School Hollywood
  11. Lost In Hollywood
  • Serj Tankian
  • Daron Malakian
  • Shavo Odadjian
  • John Dolmayan
2005 Readers' Album #7




Hypnotize  
2005 American
  1. Attack
  2. Dreaming
  3. Kill Rock n' Roll
  4. Hypnotize
  5. Stealing Society
  6. Tentative
  7. U-Fig
  8. Holy Mountains
  9. Vicinity Of Obscenity
  10. She's Like Heroin
  11. Lonely Day
  12. Soldier Side
  • Serj Tankian
  • Daron Malakian
  • Shavo Odadjian
  • John Dolmayan




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