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System of a Down

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Like many past due-’90s metallic bands, System of a Down struck a balance between ’80s underground thrash metallic and metallic early-’90s alternative rockers like Jane’s Addiction. Their dark, neo-gothic substitute metallic gained a cult pursuing within the wake from the recognition of such like-minded rings as Korn as well as the Deftones. Vocalist Serj Tankian, guitarist Daron Malakian, bassist Shavo Odadjian, and drummer John Dolmayan shaped Program of a Down in Southern California within the middle-’90s. They quickly gained a strong pursuing in LA, largely predicated on strong person to person. A three-song demonstration began dispersing through metallic enthusiasts, and their group of fans soon pass on throughout not merely America, but European countries and New Zealand. By the finish of 1997 the group acquired agreed upon to American, after that written by Columbia Information. American/Columbia released the group’s eponymous debut record in the summertime of 1998, securing the music group opening spots over the Slayer and Ozzfest travels. System eventually proceeded to go gold, and create the Sept 2001 release from the a lot more ambitious Toxicity. System’s second work was another large music triumph, shaming nearly all their nu-metal competition and working apart with multi-platinum honors. The quartet didn’t decelerate. Malakian began the eatURmusic imprint and Tankian a label known as Serjical Hit; Tankian also collaborated with Armenian avant-garde folk musician Arto Tuncboyaciyan within a task known as Serart. In November 2002 Program released the bare-bones but believe it or not powerful chances ‘n’ ends established Steal This Record!; they also continued to be politically energetic. By 2004, Program of a Down was back the studio room with Rick Rubin. The vivid consequence of those periods was an individual epic record released in two parts. Mezmerize/Hypnotize held System’s furious imagination alive, incorporating the outrageous vocal melodies, lyrical interest, and rabid structural shifts that acquired become their brand. Mezmerize, or component one, appeared in-may 2005, while Hypnotize, its last section, appeared afterwards in the entire year, and both strike the top from the record charts. The next year noticed the group continue hiatus, with Malakian developing Marks on Broadway; Dolmayan starting an internet comic book shop and developing the group Signal (he also briefly used Marks on Broadway); Odadjian dealing with RZA, AcHoZeN, and George Clinton; and Tankian getting into a solo profession. This year 2010 the bandmembers announced that they might end up being reuniting for some European festival schedules in 2011. Program of a Down continuing to tour internationally through 2015, and hinted at the chance of releasing a fresh record soon.

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Full Name System Of A Down
Awards Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance, MTV Europe Music Award for Best Alternative, Kerrang! Award for Best International Live Act, Echo Award for Best International Rock/Alternative Group
Music Songs B.Y.O.B., Chop Suey!, Toxicity, Lonely Day, Aerials, Hypnotize, Spiders, Sugar, Prison Song, Cigaro, ATWA, Violent Pornography, Radio/Video, Question!, Lost in Hollywood, Soldier Side - Intro, I-E-A-I-A-I-O, Revenga, Deer Dance, Kill Rock ’n Roll, Mr. Jack, Vicinity of Obscenity, Suite-Pee, Holy Mountains, Innervision, Sad Statue, F**k the System, Old School Hollywood, Forest, Chic ’n’ Stu, Jet Pilot, Ego Brain
Albums Hypnotize, Mezmerize, Toxicity II, Storaged Melodies, Steal This Album!, Toxicity, Limited Edition Tour CD, System of a Down, Demo Tape 4, [Demo Tape 3], Vicinity Of Obscenity/Lonely Day, Demo Tape 2, Untitled 1995 Demo, Demo Tape 1
Nominations Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance, MTV Video Music Award for Best Rock Video, Kerrang! Award for Best Album, Kerrang! Award for Best Live Band, Kerrang! Award for Best International Band, Kerrang! Award for Best Track, Kerrang! Award for Best Video, American Music Award for Favorite Alternative Rock Artist, MTV Video Music Award for Best Editing, MTV Europe Music Award for Best Hard Rock, MTV Video Music Award for Best Art Direction, MuchMusic Video Award for iHeartRadio International Duo or Group of the Year, Billboard Music Award for Modern Rock Artist of the Year, NME Award for Best Metal Act


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#Fact
1 Writing the follow-up to "Mezmerize"/"Hypnotize" and will be going back to the studio before the end of 2006 or sometime in 2007. [March 2006]
2 Working on their fourth album. [January 2004]
3 Announced they will be on hiatus after touring in Ozzfest this summer, but won't break up. [May 2006]
4 Wrapping up a video shoot for the 1st single "BYOB" from the new album "Mezmerize". [March 2005]
5 Shooting a video for "Question", the upcoming second single of Mezmerize. [2005]
6 4th album "Mezmerize" released on May 17th. [May 2005]
7 System of a Down went on hiatus in 2006, but have been back together since November 2010 when it was announced that they would tour in the summer of 2011.
8 To date, SOAD has released five albums. Those albums are called "System of a Down" (1998), "Toxicity" (2001), "Steal This Album!" (2002), "Mezmerize" and "Hypnotize" (both 2005).
9 Grammy Award winning band, bowed at no. 1 on Billboard's Top 200 chart for their hugely innovative, platinum selling record "Toxicity" in 2001; System of a Down released not 1 but 2 records in 2005, "Mesmerize" and "Hypnotize", and, remarkably, both records became number 1
10 2 members of System of a Down were born in Lebanon and all are of Armenian heritage
11 Bowed at no. 1 on Billboard's Top 200 chart for their hugely innovative, platinum selling record "Toxicity"
12 Band members: Serj Tankian, Daron Malakian, Shavo Odadjian, John Dolmayan.
13 Their name comes from their idea/belief that if we don't act to change things for the better we will become less feeling and more cruel and animal like until the world is thrown into total chaos.
14 Their song "Soil" is talking about a friend of Serj's from a previous band called Soil, who ended up committing suicide.
15 Are active in political demonstrations.
16 The members of the Grammy Award winning American band are of Armenian heritage and their songs often have political lyrics like the P.L.U.C.K. about the 1915 Armenian Genocide and the Prison Song which criticizes the prison systems; former song is featured in Ararat (2002) by Canadian-Armenian Atom Egoyan, who admired the genius Soviet-Armenian Sergei Parajanov whose political imprisonment is condemned in Mikhail Vartanov's Parajanov: The Last Spring (1992)


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Heavy Metal 2000 2000 performer: "Storaged" / producer: "Storaged"
Scream 3 2000 performer: "Spiders"
Apocalypse 1998 Video Game performer: "War?"
Strangeland 1998 "Marmalade"
The Secret Life of Pets 2016 performer: "Bounce" - as System Of A Down
Guitar Hero Live 2015 Video Game performer: "Chop Suey!"
Atop the Fourth Wall 2014 TV Series 1 episode
Dirty Cops: Ta Batsonia: A Greek Novel About Crisis 2014 Video "Knight Rider Theme Song"
Dirty Cops-Ta Batsonia No.3 2013 Video short "Knight Rider Theme Song"
Dirty Cops-Ta Batsonia: The Vengeance 2012 Video short "Knight Rider Theme Song"
Dirty Cops: Ta Batsonia 2012 Video short "Knight Rider Theme Song"
My Life with Angelina 2011 Video short "Knight Rider Theme Song"
Madden NFL 2010 2009 Video Game performer: "Sugar'
Guitar Hero: Metallica 2009 Video Game performer: "Toxicity"
Guitar Hero World Tour 2008 Video Game performer: "B.Y.O.B."
Disturbia 2007 performer: "Lonely Day"
Screamers 2006 Documentary performer: "B.Y.O.B.", "P.L.U.C.K.", "Cigaro", "Chop Suey", "ATWA", "Aerials", "Holy Mountains", "War", "Mr. Jack", "Spiders", "China Girl"
Embedded 2005 Video performer: "Deer Dance"
Saturday Night Live 2005 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Super Secret Movie Rules 2004 TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Weird Al Presents Al-TV 2003 TV Special "Angry White Boy Polka"
Happy Homicidal 2002 Short performer: "Will They Die For You"
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 2002 Video Game performer: "Shimmy"
MTV Video Music Awards Latinoamérica 2002 2002 TV Special performer: "Chop Suey!"
Ararat 2002 performer: "P.L.U.C.K."
The Challenge 2002 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Not Another Teen Movie 2001 performer: "The Metro"
Dracula 2000 2000 performer: "Metro"
Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 2000 performer: "Mind"
Daria 2000 TV Series performer - 1 episode

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Wake Up the Souls 2015 Documentary

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Gintberg på kanten 2015 TV Series documentary music - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Rock in Rio 2015 TV Series Themselves - Performers
LiveXLive Presents Rock in Rio 2015 TV Movie Themselves
Wake Up the Souls 2015 Documentary
The 48th Annual Grammy Awards 2006 TV Special Winners
MTV Europe Music Awards 2005 2005 TV Special Themselves - Winners and Performers
MTV Video Music Awards Latinoamérica 2002 2002 TV Special Themselves - Performer
System of a Down: Psycho Messiahs Unauthorized 2002 Video documentary
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 2000 TV Series Themselves

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mulatschag 2012 TV Series Themselves
Rock in Rio 2011 TV Series Themselves

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015 Parajanov-Vartanov Institute Award Parajanov-Vartanov Institute Awards Best Film Wake Up the Souls (2015) · Serj Tankian
· Daron Malakian
· Shavo Odadjian
· John Dolmayan
2005 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Hard Rock Performance · Serj Tankian
· Daron Malakian
· Shavo Odadjian
· John Dolmayan


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