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System of a down really are the most amazing band in every way and I have been a really big fan of them as a result for a long time now. System of a down is an American rock band that was originally formed in 1994 in California. The band consists of four main members, Serj Tankian (lead vocals), Daron Malankian (Vocals and guitar), Shavo Odadjian (Bass guitar) and John Dolmayan (Drums). There work in general has earned them many awards in general and one of them being a Grammy award in 2006 for best hard rock performance. They are very different in their style and dress, I particulalry love the lyrics. They are very strange and you cannot really make sense of them adding to the excellence of this band. The guitar riffs and melodies featured in the songs really are umbelivable and is what makes the songs so good. The drummer has also done many fabulous tracks that are world renound for their brilliance. System of a down are part of the Axis of justice which is a non-profit organisation attempting to bring musicians together. The band has now sold over 20 million records worldwide proving the bands popularity and shear brilliance! The band have produced many albums including "System of a down" and "Toxicity" which really have been the breakthough in their career leading to mass fame for the band. They have produced some incredible hits including B.Y.O.B, Toxicity, Chop suey and many, many others. This really is an inspirational band that seems to be unstopable! They really are something different and so I would really recommend them, their music varies quite a bit adding to the interest of the band in general. I hope this was useful and thank you very much for reading!
I havent had the privelidge of seeing System of a Down live... well, not in person, anyway. However, the influence on my Earth-shattering transition from general Music Listener to Rock Music Addict was very much System of a Downs fault. Currently on hiatus and doing separate projects, System consists of Serj Tankian, Daron Malakian, John Dolmayan and Shavo Odadjian. Many associate their music with the Nu-Metal Genre, but their music ranges from Acoustic Rock all the way down to Progressive Metal. Their music is noted as being 'left-wing' and contains lyrical opinions and suggestions on too many subjects to go on about. One of the main subjects is, however, the Armenian Genocide, which holds particular interest to the band, given their Armenian roots. Rumors continue to circulate on the bands current situation, which is still 'permanent hiatus.' Many speculate whether the band has completely split, or if a reform is about to happen, to which neither is answered by Serj Tankian. Their music isnt something to which you can say everyone will like, simply because of its political stance, and because of its Metal genre, which appeals to a select bunch of people. If I were to recommend it to someone, it would be anyone who listens to the likes of Slayer, Slipknot and Metallica.
I went to see System of a Down play at the Brixton Academy on the 27th of March I booked my tickets in December and was looking forward to it. When I arrived there was a really long queue around the Academy but we made friends and jumped (sorry all the people behind). When we got in there we waited until the Dillger Escape Plan got on. I know I've spelt their name wrong but they were so awful I can't be bothered to learn to spell their name. It was a waste of 20 minutes. After 45 minutes of waiting System came on and played for 45 minutes which was not long enough for their genius. I thought they absolutely rocked, they were really good and are worth going to see. The lead singer Serj was on top form, as was the guitarist Daron who has one of the best stage presences ever. The bass player Shavo and Drummer John kept out of sight mostly for what I could see, they didn't demand as much attention as Serj and Daron. They did loads of songs from their two albums, Chop Suey got the loudest noise and Bounce was good too. For those who know nothing about SOAD or only know of their famous goatees, here is a little bit of info for you. They're a four piece Armenian-American rock/nu-metal group. They consist of Serj(vocals and keyboards)Daron, (vocals and guitar), Shavo (bass) and John (drummer). They have released two albums so far System and Toxicity. Their first release in the UK was Chop Suey. I don't know if they are playing any UK festivals this year, but if they are on they are well worth going to see. I would describe them as a mellower Korn or Slipknot, although it appeals to people not usually into the metal/rock scene. I personally hate Korn and Slipknot etc. but SOAD don't just make noise, their melodies are distinguishable and the lyrics are sung not shouted most of the time. I don't really know how to describe their music, you reallyu have to listen to some of their stuff to hear what they're about. But I would recommend Toxicity instead of System as they have a better sound on Toxicity. Overall the gig really did them justice and if you like the album they are worth going to see as it is a really different experience and atmosphere to most other gigs I've been to. It is mainly for teenagers and adults, I wouldn't recommend it to anyone under 12 as it may cause nightmares, but my dad came with us (how rock and roll eh) and he really enjoyed it, even attempting the moshpit. The people were really friendly and it was a really good performance. Worth the £12 definelty, but would have liked a longer gig please.
Firstly I’ll say I’ve been looking forward to this concert for months and months, as it had postponed after September 11th. Finally the day was upon us and I was wetting my pants in excitement. I got to the Academy at 7.30, when the doors were due to open, and the queue was massive. I’ve been to the Academy a few times and never had to queue more than a few metres, but this queue was all the way down the road. Finally inside and it was packed. I’ sure some rules about the amount allowed in had been broken, as I’ve been to sold out gigs at the Academy before, and it’s never been that full. Maybe it was because the amount of lil moshers was unbelievably small, I think I noticed about 5 people under the age of 16. I wasn’t really looking forward to the support band The Dillinger Escape Plan, as I’d heard some of their stuff before, and I hated it, way to screamy and shouty. Anyway they came on and said ‘Hey we’re The Dillinger Escape Plan’ which were the only words I could decipher from the whole of their set. It is safe to say that musically they did not go down too well. They were way to heavy, take Raging Speedhorn and times their shouty factor by 1000 and you’ve got The Dillinger Escape Plan. Although I did not like the music, I have to say the band, the guitarist especially, entertained me. They jumped around like crazy men. It reminded me of the Lost Prophets but on speed. After a little wait System of a Down were upon us. They kicked off with Prison Song from their new album Toxicity. The crowd was going mad and we became one big jumping mass of sweaty black T-shirts. The band were in fine form, especially Daron Malakian who entertained the crowd, whilst playing guitar spinning around, and playing a tiny guitar only about 6 inches big. Serj was great, sounding as good as he does on cd, which is a huge fete, as he is excellent on cd. The band played a mixture of new and old favourites, including the current single ‘Toxicity’, my favourite ‘Spiders’ and the crowds favourites ‘Sugar’ and ‘P.L.U.C.K’. They even played ‘Bounce’ and challenged anyone to find a link with politics in it. Which its obvious there isn’t. The set was of a decent length about 45 minutes, although im not too sure as i wasn't keeping time. As expected there were 'mosh pits' and huge ones at that, and they always seemed to form around me. Which isn't too good when you've got 30 big guys running in on you. I tried to stay out of them for a while but just got fed up being pushed into them, so i decided to bring some style to the pit. And rather than mosh aimlessly, i danced, skanked and got down with my bad self in the middle. Unlike a few bands ive been to see, not naming any names cough Muse cough. The band had more than enough stage presence. Ive mentioned Daron's guitar antics, and the rest of the band did their bit to interact with the crowd, whether through talking with us or throwing stuff to us, ie, drum sticks or bottles of water. By the end everyone was knackered, as were the band, and so we departed. It was a great concert, and a great night, well worth the money, and if you ever get the chance you must go as it is easy to see why they are hailed as on of the best live bands on the planet.
After the first system of a down album was released there was a huge acclaim coming from the band that where being classed as the future of rock. I didnt truly believe this until I recently bought their new album 'toxicity' which also had HUGE rating and aclaim pulled behind its substance. When first listening to it I thought that it was killer music but not that great singing,it seemed that they also were a strong unit at writing music politically while also keeping the melodic hooks that most pop punk bands seem to hold to there own. On my second listen I picked out a few tracks that seemed to be 'music to my ears'. These tracks were deer dance which musically is a very catchy tune which deserves more recognition,another one was the newly released single 'chop suey!' which has great running and lyrically is a very catchy song which is easily a sing alongability. The title track 'toxicity' is a killer tune that doesnt see serj tankian blabbering on like he does in 40% of their other songs, which sometimes kills the tunes. Musically System Of A Down are at the top of the food chain next to the likes of Slipknot,Staind,KoRn and Marilyn Manson, lyrically it wouldnt surprise me if they won a KeRRang! award for best song writers. The serj's singing sometimes lets the band down, dont get me wrong he has a killer voice....when he uses it in the right way. System of a Down still have a while to go until they are the best band in the world but until then they are still musically our pop killing saviours.
OK OK, I admit this is actually a review of their 2nd album, Toxicity - but I've been waiting two months since I asked to get it on and I'm kinda out of patience. Why is it so hard to get music added??? Rant over :) System of a Down = mad. Bizarrely political lyrics over, well, frankly nutter headbanging mayhem. Chief lunatic warbler in the band is a chap of Armenian background called Serj Tankian who is the really odd one in a rather odd band. His vocal style mainly consists of a strangled roary crooning. Really, it does - he also has a mate in the band who sings like a more whiney version of Serj. Let us not forget that this is the band who on their first album had a song that went something along the lines of "Life threatening lifestyles, a hit man, a nun, lovers". Mmmmmm. Toxicity is System of a Down's second album, produced by hair magnet supreme Rick Rubin (He of Blood Sugar Sex Magik fame) and I have to admit that I wasn't overly looking forward to this album. While I found the first album quite entertaining (Yelling the bit about lifestyles is fun) it was all quite samey and got boring rather fast. However I heard the track 'Chop Suey' on the Radio 1 rock show and, well, loved it like the band - to coin an underused phrase. All of a sudden I couldn't wait to hear the album. Then my buddy coxy123 dropped it on my desk and after the first few seconds of the first track I knew? * Prison Song * That System of a Down hadn't so much changed their spots on Chop Suey as temporarily worn a tasteful, yet borrowed, jacket. A few guitar/drum thuds gradually increase in speed with the odd "They're trying to build a prison" whispered. Then the song gets going in a sort of chugging metal fashion topped off with a bit of Cradle of Filth style growling before charging off into a huge rant about the American prison system at a ridiculous rate. There's the odd bit o f CoF growling again for, well, variety I guess with the closest thing to a chorus is Serj yelling "They're trying to build a prison" repeatedly. When I first heard this song it made me giggle a bit but not else. I have to say though, that thanks to the good use of both vocalists (I'm a sucker for that in songs) and having listened to it a few times now it's grown on me. Like a wart. * Needles * I was sitting down, innocently having a Portuguese beer when this track suddenly started playing on the radio station they had on. This was at lunch time, but don't go thinking that this is nice and safe pop. Ha, what am I saying - you're not that dumb? Right. No, it's more yell and bang metal for the main part. And this here main part isn't much cop, but with just over a minute to go System of a Down look tune up in the dictionary and Serj's mate starts whining about having a needle his hand before Serj croon-ells (It's like crooning and yelling at the same time, I don't think I've ever heard Patton do that!). Muted guitars play out most of the tune before a brief return to banging metal. Not a great song. * Deer Dance * "Battalions of riot police, with rubber bullet kisses" is about as sane as the lyrics get on this track. "pushing little children, with their fully automatics, they like to push the weak around" makes up the chugging metal chorus, although on first listen I did think it went "pushing little children, when they're fully automated" which is even more insane. It's a bit like a more entertaining version of Needles, banging crashing metal with a fun chorus and a burst of tune with about a minute to go. * Jet Pilot * Now the lyrics really do head off somewhere very strange. "Wired were the eyes of a horse on a jet pilot, One that smiled when he flew over the bay" makes for a yell along ins ane chorus moment while the verses have a bit more tune about them but still with the metal guitars playing along. Short and entertaining. * X * Opening with an almost thrash metal riff before turning into something that sounds a bit like Mansun's Only Love Song but played a bunch of mad American metallers. Notes wondering up and down the octaves with carefree abandon. The intro is a good slab-o-metal and also serves as the chorus but the verses are a bit more throwaway unfortunately. Short and a good chorus! * Chop Suey * Love this song, opening with a frantic pot of acoustic strumming, a slightly distorted guitar joins in playing a simple little riff, shortly followed by a distorted, almost flamenco sounding speed riff. Then all hell breaks lose as the fully distorted guitars crash in, first chugging and then harshly picked. Then just as suddenly it all stops, Serj alternates between shouting and whispering as the guitars crash in and out. Next you're treated to actual real singing from Serj (He's not bad!), the lyrics run something along the lines of "I don't think you trust, In my self righteous suicide, I cry when angels deserve to die". Only first time through this, as System of a Down are a metal band and all, the die comes out more like DIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have to admit I have a soft spot for metal-die-moments, Impaled Nazarene are very good at them - although that is ALL they are good at. Anyway, song swaps around between the previously mentioned sections before (again) with just over a minute to go the song goes really mad with frantic guitars and several lots of strangled vocals. Doesn't last long though, the song goes out with a dramatic combination of both vocalists (Singing again), piano's, string sections, distorted guitars and acoustic guitars. Phew, great stuff - easily the best thing System have ever down. * Bounce * Um - ok. "Jump. Bounce. Down. Up. Jump (pogo pogo pogo pogo pogo pogo). Bounce (pogo pogo pogo pogo pogo pogo). Down (pogo pogo pogo pogo pogo pogo). Up (pogo pogo pogo pogo pogo pogo)." Goes what I guess is the chorus while the verses are more like "I went out on a date, with a girl, a bit late, she had so many friends, gliding through many hands, I brought my pogo stick just to show her a trick". What else can I say - it's insane. * Forest * Opening with a mildly cunning drum beat and a guitar almost playing a tune, it soon bursts into proper metal but not for long - this is one of those loud/quiet songs. At least in the verse it is, mixing crunchy metal guitars with Serj crooning over a more tuneful riff. The chorus though is full on drama-metal, complete with "Why can't you see that you are my child" lyrics. Pretty good. * Atwa * Actually opening with a tune - yes, a proper tune - no hint of distortion anyway. Serj's mate starts singing a quiet, gentle riff with the occasional croon from Serj (At times this section reminds me The Boxer by Simon and Garfunkle!). But this is System of a Down, so it's not going to stay like this is it - oh no. Serj get's a roar on, even managing to roll his r's whilst roaring (Although a friend of mine reckons Serj can roll his u's as well) while the guitars thrash away on one note for a bit before playing a bit more of a tune as Serj cames down. Not bad either. * Science * Opening with a bitty guitar before crunching into luddite metal. "Science fails to recognise the single most, potent element of human existence, letting the reigns go to the unfolding, is faith, faith, faith, faith, Science has failed our world, science has failed our mother earth". Once again, System of a Down chuck in a decent tune AGAIN with about a minute to go and it's very good, sort of jangly Af rican guitar pop! A song of acceptable quality :). * Shimmy * "I think me, I want life, I think me, I want a house and a wife, I want to shimmy-shimmy-shimmy, through the break of dawn yeah" Um, OK. Daft lyrics but when Serj has a roar on and the guitars wail it's actually quite good fun. The verses are a touch less good though, they just don't seem to hang together properly. Damn entertaining chorus though! * Version 7-0 * System of a Down not heading out into any new musical areas on this one, once again it's metal with bits of tune chucked in but it's not a bad tune. Moving from just a tune with a croon, to a tune with a croon and a few touches of metal to full on metal. A journey it covers several times over three and a half minutes and as I like songs of contrast I quite like this one as well! It's also the closest thing to a title track for the album - trust me! * Psycho * Opening with a moody bass riff, the Down chuck in another bitty guitar riff before letting rip into full on metal. Which mainly consists of "Psycho, groupie, cocaine, crazy" repeated over and over. A rather manic song, that is probably anti-drugs but you can never be entirely sure with System of a Down. In true Down style though they chuck in a few tuneful sections amongst the metal and once again it has a slight Spanish feel to it. Fun if you're in an insane mood. * Aerials * Opening with a load of strings and a guitar riff that manages to mood and bounce at the same time, System predictably go into metal and every so often return to a tune. Being the last song System saw fit to give the song a rather large sense of drama. Lots of minor chords, mournful harmonies, a Sitar and properly sung vocals. But hey, if it ain't broke - don't fix it. Not a bad song to finish on. Now, apparently some versions of this album have a hidden t rack called 'Outro' at this point but this here copy doesn't seem to have one. Instead it has a bonus CD - wooo! * Arto * Imagine System of a Down covering "In the Jungle" in the style of the Secret Chiefs 3 and you pretty much have this incredibly good song. Tribal drumming/chanting - various insert-name-of-ethnic-instruments-here playing away with Serj making strange mewing noises and occasionally pretending to be a pan pipe. Insane in a sort of late night relaxing fashion! I just wish it was longer, it's only around two minutes. You also get two videos, which despite what that CDROM section says, are actually the same. Well, OK - one is slightly higher quality but both videos are the same size. It's the making of the album and it gives you the chance to see how insane Serj really, really is. Oh, this version also comes with a red cover rather than the standard one. Well, that was one mad album and I'm not sure how to score it. Depending on the mood I was in when I listened to it, it would get something between three and five stars. How about I give it the average? Yeah, that sounds fair.
System of a down have been out for a long time now and therefore I had heard of them, but it wasn’t until last night that I heard a song called Chop suey then I realized just how good they are. Were talking 5 star here, I mean how the hell have they not been played too often. Chop suey is proberly the best song I have ever heard. Theres something holy about it honest, the pure atmosphere and vibe you get from the song is amazing. The originality of the song is great too, there nothing else like it. I have some friends that have liked system of a down for a long time and from what they say all the other system of a down songs are good too. I recommend anyone to buy their new album named Toxicity, with features Chop suey. I sorry about the shortness of this opinion but they are a new band to me.
Despite being plagued by tonsilitis seeing S.O.A.D live was awesome!! It was a while ago now (Dec.99) but i thought maybe my views would be worth something to someone if they were thinking of seeing SOAD for themselves! The support acts wobbled between extremely poor to bearable/listenable, they were The Bardo and Apartment26 ( one band has seemingly sunk without trace(thank god) and the other is doing ok, but havent exactly taken off). I watched the show from the balcony of the London Astoria, the tonsilitis meant that going in the pit was out of the question as being touched made me want to be sick, but sitting on the balcony i had a fine old time( between starspotting members of the support bands and pitchshifter!). SOAD played most of the songs on their debut album and threw in a (then) new song- Chicken Stew, also a cover of Black Sabbath's Snowblind was added to the set list! They are a confident and engaging live band, providing visual as well as audio stimulous. I would go and see them again given the chance.
System of a Down is a band thats been touring for a while, but is just starting to get popular nowadays. Alternative radio for some reason decided they were trendy and started playing their song, "Sugar". System of a Down is an awesome band, who's unique sound has characterized them as major up and comers in the metal genre. The band's debut record is produced by Rick Rubin, the guru behind American Records, who has produced awesome works by bands like The Beastie Boys, Danzig and Slayer. The production value definitely shines through on this diverse album. I remember seeing them live a couple of years ago and being totally blown away by their performance. The band lets their Armenian heritage show through in their politically induced lyrics. Lead singer Serj Tankian has a unique and fierce vocal style. I like to compare him to Tim Williams of Vision of Disorder with his vocal range. Serj can go from all out scream to slow melodic song at the drop of a hat. That is one of the things make System of a Down so great. The other thing is their really original diverse yet eerie sound. Of course, the lead cut "Sugar" is literally invigorating in its heaviness. As political as it is heavy, the song is an all out thrash fast. Designed to get your blood boiling and your heart rate pumping in the pit, "Sugar" is a fast, incredible cut. Sort of Kornesque, but with their own unique brand of terror evident in their riffs and Serj's voice, the song is awesome. Then there is the song "Spiders" which is incredibly eerie. A sharp contrast to "Sugar", "Spiders" is a slow, melodic song, that is wonderful sung by with a slight twinge of offkeyedness by Serj. The song is featured on the brand new soundtrack of the film "Scream 3" as well. It should garner a fair amount of exposure, but is definitely deservent of exposure. It is an original bizarre song, that is much bet ter in my opinion than most of the stuff played on today's 'rock' radio. Other standout tunes on this debut cd are "Peephole", "Soil", and "Suggestions", all when taken in and of themselves are singular entities all sounding different and quite enjoyable. System of a Down is a band that is going to be huge in a few months, so try and catch them while they are still somewhat small, before all the radio junkies get there! They are a breath of fresh air in a pretty stale world of music. I don't whether to characterize them as metal, or metalcore, or what. However, whatever they may be they are a great band. If you listen to punk or hardcore, System of a Down may be a little commercial, but are a nice break into something a little different. this is an excellent debut record, worth picking up, and worth a thumbs up!
System of a Down, the worlds finest pioneers of Armenian grindcore have emerged with one of the best debut albums ever to be dismissed as latching onto the 'rap metal' scene. Opening with the suitably noisy 'suite-pee', a song with two changes in tempo, the lyrics 'die die die why' and 'the enemy, her name was Jesus', as well as a happy harmonic intro which is faster than 'sic' by Slipknot, all in two minutes. From there it gets even more lively, with 'Sugar', with 6 tempo-changes as well as a part in one of the verses which will make you question if the band are human as 28 words (two dirty) are crammed into a 3 second bar. As the album progresses, the listener grows to love the at-first-annoying vocals and, given a week they will be shouting along to the most energetic metal album of its type. This really will be a treat for anyone who has ever enjoyed a metal album on any level, particularly humorous (a lot of humour is packed into the album's thirteen tracks), and the band really do have a hard act to follow for any future projects that they embark on. GET DOWN WITH THE SYSTEM
System of a down are a rarity in the world of commercial heavy metal, they are a band who see to be able to instead of jumping on the back of a the latest fad have created for themselves a really innovative and interesting sound. They draw from many tastes in cluding traditional folk songs of their culture and heavy metal influences spiked with a political tone. Their debut album has ( with little advertising and promotion) has done so well they have played the ozz- fest in america. The best single word I could use to describe system of a down is crazy- sounds fly around your sound system from everywhere but at the same time come together to make a catchy melodies. The message of the band may in some places seem a little trivial if compared to a band like rage against the machine, the song 'Mind' ,shows one of the bands causes for political concern - the legalisation of cannabis, as one of the worse examples.(" Do you ever get stuck in the sky - when your high?? ") However it cannot be argued that they feel less than genuine about the assassination of their culture the Armenian genocide. Some of the stand out tracks include Suite-pee , sugar, war? and spiders .I would listen to every track on the album but it's these tracks that stand out. It's perhaps the contrasts between heavy crunch guitars and drums and the shrill cry's of the lead singer Serj Tankian, who even manages to introduce hints of comedy to the record.
Well, maybe my title is a bit of an exaggeration, but System really are an excellent band. The lyrics are amusing, the choruses catchy and guitars heavy! I saw them play at the Astoria in December 1999 and they were brilliant. As a live act I would rate them highly because they knew how to stir up the crowds and which songs to play to get the mosh pit into full swing. The entire self-titled album is worth listening to, its the kind of CD that you can put on while you are doing other things and just listen to it from beginning to end without getting at all bored. You should really buy it!
Yes it's Sugar!!! One one my all time favourite Sytem of a Down songs! The heavy and highly moshable song is so cool, I love the funny lyrics, (well I think they are anyway!) I love the way the vocals are so textured, they way they shreik, talk shout etc. I cannot say that I am a huge follower of Sytem of a Down, but this song totally rules, I would check it out, if you are ever in a club request it, go in the mosh, and get seriously hurt, hee hee!! Done the lyrics now the music: It rulez, the lead guitar knocks out some wicked stuff in little 'stop-start' parts of the song and in the chorous and in the verse... ... I think you get my point!
With so many metal bands emerging these days, it would have been too easy for System of a Down to fall into the trap of attempting to impersonate (and failing) one of the big few that dominate the current scene. It's fortunate for us then that they have avoided this road and have chosen to come up with something much more original. The band are fiercly political and they blast out their messages and opinions very well. They are truly unique - the vocals are just excellent, they range from goth like singing, to death metal grunts to almost cartoonish screams. Sugar is one of the highlights, and the first time you hear it you'll be thinking 'what did he just say?' it is fab. Spiders is one of the best tracks and stands out from the others as it is slower and sounds beautifuly haunting. The music has many influences, you can find bits of jazz in here mixed up with the punky metal sound. The band are Armenian / American and are obviously influenced by a range of different stlyes. I loved this the minute I heard it, although I think some people may not take to it straight away. Some people think this band is insane, but are there borders between insanity and genius? Not here. They aren't gonna be a mass popular band as they are too different for some people. With this album, however, the band have attained a cult status.