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System of a Down

System of a Down


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Alternative metal band

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Glendale, California, USA

Claim to fame :

Album "System of a Down" (1998)


Noticed for their discrete styles of dress and goatees, System of a Down presumably stands out in being one of the most unique bands in American music industry. What is more, all four members, who are of Armenian descent, also exploit a wide range of musical appliance which enriches the tunes they have created. Using baritone electric guitars, electric mandolins, sitars, 12-string classical guitars and many other East Asian instruments, they consistently produce unusual compositions about political corruption and injustices that occur in the society.

It was in 1993 when Serj Tankian (born on August 21, 1967 in Beirut, Lebanon) made an acquaintance of another band's member named Daron Malakian (born on July 18, 1975 in L.A., California) during the recording sessions with his former band in a studio. Sharing similar ideas on music, these two talented young men quickly joined forces, thus formed their own band which they called Soil. As both of them befriended a student of private Armenian school in Hollywood named Shavarsh 'Shavo' Odadjian (born on April 22, 1974 in Armenia), they asked him to be the band's manager. After a brief period, however, his status was shifted from that position to the third member of the group.

Latest News

Def Leppard and Linkin Park to Open and Close Download

February 23, 2011 05:00:27 GMT

, the reformed and will headline this summer's Download Festival in the U.K. Def Leppard will close the weekend event's opening night on June 10, SOAD will headline on the Saturday and Linkin Park will close the festival.

System of a Down Take Hiatus to Keep the Band Going

August 23, 2010 06:53:57 GMT

The members of rock band agreed to an indefinite hiatus to stave off a permanent split after success started to get the better of them. Bassist Shavo Odadjian has revealed the real reason behind the band's 2006 break, which is ongoing four years later, admitting it was the only way to keep the band going.

Ex System of a Down Star Overshadowed Arnold Schwarzenegger at AC/DC Video Shoot

August 23, 2010 05:55:54 GMT

Former star Shavo Odadjian once sneaked into an video shoot and stole the show from . A pal of the rocker was charged with printing passes for the "Big Gun" shoot and he made 30 extra to hand out to friends.

Shavo Odadjia Says System of a Down Will Have 2010 Reunion

January 13, 2010 06:45:46 GMT

Heavy rocker Shavo Odadjia has given fans hope of a 2010 reunion, four years after the band last rocked out together. System of a Down has been on hiatus since 2006 and frontman has used his time away from the group to launch a solo career.

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