System Of A Down
ormed by ex-patriot Armenian former members of the band Soil Serj Tankian (vocals; a Jello Biafra look-alike except with an afro hairdo), Daron Malakian (guitar), Shavo Odadjian (bass) and John Dolmayan (drums; who had replaced Andy Khachaturian in 1997), their 1998 Rick Rubin produced album System Of A Down showed them to be a politically motivated punkrock, heavy metal & hardcore act (a style often referred to as "Nu-Metal") in the style of Faith No More and Coal Chamber. The subsequent tour with Slayer left many Slayer fans to exclaim "Who?", but the effort nonetheless gave System of A Down needed exposure.
The band would continue with 2001's Toxicity surpassing expectations by a debuted at No. 1 on the American and Canadian charts. It was the band's big break! They quickly followed it up with Steal This Album! (2002), Mezmerize (2005) and Hypnotize (2005). Hypnotize was a double CD effort that, like Mezmerize gave the band another 1 on the charts and allowing every album they produced to go certified platinum.
System of a Down's song Lonely Day was nominated for Best Hard Rock Performance in the 49th Grammy Awards in 2007, but lost to Woman by Wolfmother. That same year the band called a hiatus so they could engage on other projects.
May 2006 saw the UK publication of a biography of the band entitled System of a Down: Right Here in Hollywood by author Ben Myers.
During the band's hiatus, Malakian formed Scars on Broadway and joined by Dolmayan. After that band's debut self-titled album the project became dormant and Dolmayan left.
In 2010, that hiatus ended when the band announced their reunification.
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|Active Years||1994-2006, 2010-|
|RRCA File Code||UC000261|