Even alongside the gang of misfits that came of age in the unruly era of nu steel, System Of A Dvery own always stood out from their peers.

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Undoubtedly, their eccentric mix of prog, thrash, hardcore, funk, rap and Center Eastern music took the best aspects of the sub-genre – angular riffs, odd time signatures and also manic vocals – and twisted them right into something even more starray and compelling.

Much like Faith No More before them, the Californian alt-metal crew would go on to infiltprice the mainstream and also attain multi-platinum success, and also the 5 albums they released in between 1998 and 2005 remain some of the a lot of groundbreaking records in modern steel. The opportunities of them including to that illustrious earlier catologue look increasingly remote, given the intra-band bickering and the recent political distinctions that have developed between singer Serj Tankian and drummer John Dolmayan.

For currently, let"s emphasis on the great stuff. Here are the peak ten songs by the utterly distinctive and always atypical System Of A Down…


10. I-E-A-I-A-I-O (Steal This Album!, 2002)

Much controversy surrounds SOAD’s 3rd full-length release - is it a repertoire of b-sides/Toxicity outtakes or a studio album in its own right? Whatever before the case, it consists of some of their most amazing and diverse songs to date, the crown jewel being I-E-A-I-A-I-O via it’s anti-Klu Klux Klan allusions (“And we light up the sky”) and Knight Rider inspired breakdvery own. What various other band would even have the nerve to tackle such scatter-brained ideas, let alone the conviction to pull them off?

9. War? (System Of A Dvery own, 1998)

This powerful anti-war track from their self-titled deyet album is among SOAD’s definitive political statements. The mysticism and also eeriness in the music perfectly underscore Tankian’s lyrics of are afraid and also mistrust, whilst the band’s exhilarating mix of all-out brutality and also mindful restraint allow the singer the chance to show-off his insane vocal range in all its mind-boggling glory.

8. Holy Mountains (Hypnotize, 2005)

By the moment they released their fifth studio album Hypnotize, the chaos and aggression that SOADVERTISEMENT had actually constructed their reputation on was still present, however it was filtered with a maturity in the song creating. As a result, the songs were more complex and dynamic, as perfectly showcased by the seven-minute rock symphony of Divine Mountains, which spellbindingly leads the listener towards the last reflective moments of their epic double album.

7. Violent Pornography (Mezmerize, 2005)

The initially in their double album saga, Mezmerize marked the suggest at which SOAD shed their nu-steel skin and ditched the down-tuned guitars for an altogether cleaner sound, hence morphing into an all-round hard rock band qualified of being progressive, original, available and also brutal in equal measures. Violent Pornography is as crazy, catchy and hefty as steel music gets, and also once again, with ridiculous lyrics choose ‘It’s a non-soptimal disco / Bet you it’s Nabisco,’ you simply can’t imagine an additional band pulling it off - it’s 100% unmistakably System Of A Dvery own.

6. Sugar (System Of A Down, 1998)

Sugar was the first single from SOAD’s debut album, and as such it introduced the human being to the band’s unrelenting, schizophrenic, utterly bizarre aesthetic that as long as it didn’t have running for cover was certain to have actually you hooked for the foreseeable future. Tankian’s spitfire rap delivery is interspersed via vocal acrobatics varying all the way from fatality steel growls to falsetto shrieks, all the while sounding certifiably insane, and in less than three minutes you kbrand-new heavy music would never before be the same aget. ‘SUGAR!’

5. Toxicity (Toxicity, 2001)

Toxicity came out the week of 9/11, and also it felt even more in tune with the scary post-Millennial era than any various other album around. It was likewise arguably the initially steel masterpiece of the 2first century, going platinum within 6 weeks and triple platinum within one year. It’s starray to imagine it now, yet Toxicity was a major cultural phenomenon, and that’s totally down to the toughness of its material: the band polished and also boosted on what they’d done for the dehowever album, occurring their mélange of progressive rock, thrash steel, hardcore punk, brand-new wave and also eastern impacts, injecting added melody to produce truly timeless anthems prefer Toxicity, which has shed none of its urgency or impact over the course of the last 15 years.

4. Spiders (System Of A Dvery own, 1998)

The second single to be released from System of a Down, Spiders sounds unlike anypoint else on the deyet album, proving even at an early stage that the band were capable of composing haunting melodies. The song starts off sluggish and soft prior to building towards its intense orgasm, its cerebral lyrics around desires and mind manage setting a dark and unsettling tone that contrasts completely via the bouncy absurdity of Sugar. The song additionally serves as a pre-cursor to Aerials, which is the following song on our list.

3) Aerials (Toxicity, 2001)

Cast in layers of aural complexity, Tankian’s metaphorical lyrics of mental emancipation unfold through the course of Aerials heavy verse / light chorus song framework that recalls The Unforgiven by Metallica. Undoubtedly, this song noted the moment, as through bands like Babsence Sabbath, Iron Maiden, and Metallica prior to them, that SOADVERTISEMENT became so effective their music was no longer part of the underground but component of famous culture at big. And the factor they complied with in those footmeasures of those bands to ended up being one of the most well-known hefty rock acts in the human being was bereason they created tremendous songs choose this.

2. B.Y.O.B. (Mezmerize, 2005)

After 2 Grammy nomicountries (for Chop Suey! and also Aerials) from the Toxicity album, the initially single from Mezmerize actually won SOAD a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance in 2005. The single in question has likewise exceeded Chop Suey as their highest selling single to date, which isn’t negative going for a song as wacky and hyper-aggressive as B.Y.O.B. By this point, guitarist Daron Malakian was doing even more of the song creating and also he and Tankian common lead vocal duties in many type of of the songs on the Mezmerize/Hypnotize double album, dividing them halfmeans down the middle. B.Y.O.B.

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is the perfect amalgamation of their twin vocals, not to mention an utterly flawless distillation of the band’s impacts and layouts, which transition effortlessly from R&B tinged pop melodies to extreme thrash metal via breakneck rate. It’s a fucking superior piece of music. But it isn’t their ideal song, because their finest song was just ever before going to be this…

1. Chop Suey! (Toxicity, 2001)

Chop Suey! will certainly forever before be the song many synonymous with System Of A Dvery own, which is great because it’s likewise the best song they’ve ever created. It’s a track so potent that it controlled to end up being a radio hit in a post-9⁄11 world of censorship and also political correctness, despite containing lyrics that openly recommendation suicide (we’d quote them right here but you currently bloody well know them prefer the earlier of your hand), and also it still sounds favor the future of steel today, also though its been on loop at club nights almost everywhere the world for the last 15 years – and not just the rock ones, either. We can’t also think around it without wanting to break into song, such is its transmittable power to possess, so why fight the feeling? We’re off to shed our shit, and you’re invited to sign up with us.

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