System of a Down is one of the oldest rock bands from United States of America. The band was formed more than two decades ago. The band is composed of Serj Tankian on lead vocals, keyboard and rhythm guitar, Daron Malakian on backup vocals and guitar, Shavo Odadjian on backup vocals and bass guitar, and John Dolmayan on drums.
Tankain and Malakian were childhood schoolmates at Rose and Alex Pilibos Armenian School. They have an eight-year difference in age. They only met when they were recording their own projects at the same studio, which was on the year of 1992. They were originally the members of the band “Soil”, a five man band, including Odadjian and two others. The band did not last long, they only had one jam session and one live show, two of the band members left thinking that the band has no future.
Tankain, Malakian and Odadjian were left on the group and started a new band, now called System of a Down. Slayer is one of their influencer. They recruited Andy Khachaturian to play drums. In a club in Los Angeles early 1995, the band played still with their former band’s name “Soil.” After playing in the event, they were branded as “Untitled 1995 Demo Tape.” A yearly gap they released “Demo Tape 2” on 1996 and “Demo Tape 3” on 1997. Half way through the year, Khachaturian had a hand injury making him leave the band. Then they recruited Dolmayan to replace Khachaturian.
Their studio albums were System of a Down 1998, Toxicity 2001, Steal This Album! 2002, Mezmerize 2005 and Hypnotize 2005.
The band received Best Alternative Act from Europe Music Awards. The band has four Grammy nominations and won one of those. Their song B.Y.O.B. won 2006’s Best Hard Rock Performance. Then, their song Question won MTV Good Woodie Award. And the song Toxicity earned the 14th spot on VH1 Metal Songs list. After a decade of recording and concerts, on 2006, the band decided that they will have a break. The band never split up, but they announced their at least three long years of rest.
Four years later, 2010 the band announced their reunion concert all over Europe. On 2011 the performed in Mexico and in South America. By 2012, the band visit Australia and some parts of Canada. Then on 2013, they joined United Kingdom’s festivals. Tickets were sold out wherever they go. They even had the record of ticket being sold out hours after it was released on the market.
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