System of a Down is an Armenian American alternative metal band, shaped in 1994 in Los Angeles, California, USA. All four individuals are of Armenian drop, and are generally known for their candid perspectives communicated in many of their tunes going up against the Armenian Genocide of 1915 by the Ottoman Empire and the progressing War on Terror by the US government. The band comprises of Serj Tankian (vocals), Daron Malakian (vocals, guitar), Shavo Odadjian (bass, vocals) and John Dolmayan (drums).
System of a Down has achieved commercial accomplishment with five albums, and many singles, for example, their breakout hit “Hack Suey!”, “Danger”, “Aerials”, “B.Y.O.B.”, “Question!”, “Mesmerize” and “Desolate Day”. Their works have earned them one Grammy Award amongst three nominations.
The band has been impacted by heavy metal, underground rock and Armenian people.
System of a Down went on hiatus in 2006, with Serj Tankian seeking after a performance career and Daron Malakian and John Dolmayan framing Scars on Broadway. Shavo combined with RZA from the Wu-Tang clan to frame Hip-Hop bunch Achozen.
System of a Down is a part of the Axis of Justice, a non-profit organization shaped by band part Serj Tankian (along with Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine), dedicated to uniting musicians, music fans, and grassroots political organizations to battle for social equity.
The foundations of System of a Down lie in the band Soil (not to be mistaken for the present band SOiL), a gathering from Los Angeles that included Serj Tankian on vocals/keyboard, and Daron Malakian on vocals/guitar, as well as Dave Hakopyan (Bassist for Mt. Helium) on bass and Domingo Laranio (Local Hawaii Drummer) on drums. Shavo Odadjian joined Soil near their end as a guitarist. After three years, just one live show, and one jam session recording, the band split up.
After Soil split up, Serj and Daron framed another band, System of a Down, based on a lyric that Daron composed. The ballad’s title was “Casualties of the Down”, yet Shavo Odadjian, who was originally the band’s manager and advertiser, didn’t care for the word and thought “System” sounded better. As far back as Shavo joined as bassist, managerial obligations have been undertaken by the Velvet Hammer Music and Management Group and author David “Beno” Benveniste. The band at that point found a drummer, Andy Khachaturian. System of a Down rapidly made what is known as their early Untitled 1995 Demo Tape, which had all around early chronicles of “Mr. Jack” (called “PIG”), along with melodies called “Flake”, “Toast” and an early chronicle of “The Metro”, a front of the Berlin tune of the same name. It is reputed that there are different tapes made, which contain early accounts of “Friik”, “36” (called “.36”), and “Roulette”. Two different melodies, “X” (called “Duplicate”) and “Nectar” were live demos at the time and were played at all around early shows. After this, the band recorded Demo Tape 1, which had early forms of “Sugar”, “Suite-Pee”, and “P.L.U.C.K.”, as well as “Dam.” Demo Tape 2 was released in 1996 and had an unpleasant demo of the melody “Soil” as well as the most referred to unreleased tracks, for example, “Nectar” and “Temper.” At the start of 1997, SOAD recorded their final freely released demo tape, Demo Tape 3, which had harsh adaptations of “Peephole”, “War?”, and “Know.” In mid 1997, Ontronik Khachaturian left the band because of hand damage. Not long after playing at the Whisky-A-Go-Go and Viper Room with new drummer John Dolmayan, maker Rick Rubin caught the band’s attention and instructed them to stay in contact with him. Indicating great intrigue, they recorded Demo Tape 4 near the finish of that year. This demo, notwithstanding, was made distinctly to be sent to record companies. The tape was not released to the general population until years later when it was leaked onto the Internet. After Rick helped them get marked onto American/Columbia Records, SOAD began to record in his studio. In 1997 SOAD won the Best Signed Band award from the Rock City Awards. Preceding 1998, SOAD’s live shows were called “The Dark Red Experience”.
Introduction album (1998–2000)
In the mid year of 1998, System of a Down released their presentation album, System of a Down. They delighted in moderate accomplishment with their first single “Sugar” turning into a radio favorite, trailed by the single “Insects”. After the release of the album, System of a Down visited widely, opening for Slayer before making their way to the second stage of Ozzfest. Following Ozzfest, they visited with Fear Factory and Incubus before headlining the Sno-Core visit with Puya, Mr. Botch, The Cat and Incubus offering help. System was planned to play the 1999 Family Values Tour, however were commenced by Fred Durst over his inability to sign the band Taproot. Fred Durst has since admitted that he was a “finished wanker” in relation to this “oversight”. The band have yet to remark on Durst’s contribution or commentary. In 2000, the gathering contributed their front of the Black Sabbath tune “Snowblind” to the Sabbath tribute album Nativity in Black 2.
Lethality, Steal This Album! (2001–2003)
The gathering’s huge break arrived when their second album Toxicity appeared at #1 on the American and Canadian charts, eventually achieving multi-platinum certification. The album has since sold 6 million duplicates around the world. It was still on top in America on the seven day stretch of the September 11, 2001 attacks and the political condition caused by the attacks added to the contention encompassing their hit single “Cleave Suey!” causing it to be taken off the radio as it contained politically delicate verses at the time, for example, “(I don’t think you) trust in my pompous suicide.” Regardless, the video gained constant play on MTV as did the subsequent single, “Lethality”. Indeed, even with the contention encompassing “Hack Suey!” which earned a Grammy nomination, System of a Down still gotten constant airplay in the United States all through late 2001 and 2002 with “Danger ” and “Aerials”. In May 2006, VH1 recorded Toxicity in the #14 space in the 40 Greatest Metal Songs.
In 2001, the band went on visit with Slipknot in the United States and Mexico. After observing the achievement of the visit, System and Slipknot went on a Pledge of Allegiance Tour with Rammstein in 2002. In late 2001, a couple of unreleased tracks made their way onto the Internet. The gathering released a statement that the tracks were incomplete material. Before long, the band released the final adaptations of the melodies, which were recorded at the same time, yet hadn’t been utilized for Toxicity. The outcome was Steal This Album!, released in November 2002. Steal This Album! looked like a burnable CD that was marked with a felt-tip marker. 50,000 special duplicates of the album with various CD plans were also released, each planned by an alternate individual from the band. The name of the album is a reference to Abbie Hoffman’s counter-culture book, Steal This Book and as a message to the individuals who stole the melodies and released them on the Internet. “Steal This Album was the most minimal rated album that we had ever made” Dolmayan said in a meeting. The melody “Innervision” was released as a promotion single and got constant airplay on alternative radio. A video for “Blast!” was taped with executive Michael Moore as a dissent against the War in Iraq.
From 2004 to 2005, the gathering delivered a twofold album, Mezmerize/Hypnotize with the two parts released a half year apart. The primary album, Mezmerize, was released on May 17, 2005, to favorable surveys by commentators. It appeared at #1 in the United States, Canada, Australia and all around the world, making it System of a Down’s second #1 album. First week sales rocketed to more than 800,000 duplicates around the world. The Grammy Award-winning single “B.Y.O.B.”, which addresses the respectability of war, stirred its way up the Billboard Modern Rock and Mainstream Rock charts. The following single, “Question!” was released with Shavo Odadjian co-coordinating the music video. Following the release of Mezmerize, the band visited broadly all through the United States and Canada with The Mars Volta and Bad Acid Trip supporting.
The second part of the twofold album, Hypnotize, was released on November 22, 2005. Like Mezmerize, it appeared at #1 in the US, making System of a Down, along with the Beatles, Guns ‘N Roses, and rappers 2Pac and DMX, the main artists to have two studio albums debut at #1 in the same year.
In February 2006, the band won the Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance for “B.Y.O.B.”, beating out other established artists, for example, Nine Inch Nails and Robert Plant. Their subsequent single off the Hypnotize album, “Forlorn Day” was released in March in the United States. System of a Down released “Execute Rock ‘N Roll” and “Region of Obscenity” as their next promotion singles. The band headlined Ozzfest 2006 in urban areas where visit author Ozzy Osbourne selected not to appear or wasn’t playing on the main stage. These shows ended up being the bands last performances together to date.
Hiatus and Future (2006–present)
In May 2006, the band announced they were going on hiatus. Daron Malakian has affirmed the break will probably last a couple of years, however it was Shavo who in a meeting with Guitar magazine said it will last at least 3 years, yet demands that the band would not be part up. He told MTV, “We’re not breaking up. On the off chance that that was the case, we wouldn’t do this Ozzfest. We’re going to take a long break after Ozzfest and do our own things. We’ve done System for more than ten years, and I believe it’s healthy to take a rest.”