Formed in 1994 in Glendale, Calif., Armenian-American nu-metal quartet System of a Down is easily one the most popular and most recognizable metal and hard rock bands of the 2000s, churning out three albums which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, Toxicity, Mesmerize and Hypnotize from 2001 to 2005. After a four-year hiatus beginning in 2006 and a reunion in 2010, the band maintains its extreme popularity, despite not having released any studio albums since 2005. With Serj Tankian as lead vocalist, Daron Malakian on guitar and providing backing vocals, Shavo Odadjian on bass and John Dolmayan on the drums, the foursome has forged a unique and aggressive sound, given its distinctive flavor largely by Tankian's skilled but often zany and humorous vocal performances. The band's lyrics run an interesting gamut of themes, from politics and war to environmentalism and spirituality. Proud of their shared Armenian heritage, the band members have written a number of songs on the subject of the Armenian genocide - like "P.L.U.C.K." and "Holy Mountains" - in the hope of bringing awareness to the event. Their most recognizable song, however, remains "B.Y.O.B," a song that earned them a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance in 2006.
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Formed out of the ruins of an earlier band called Soil of which both Tankian and Malakian were a part, System of a Down got its start by releasing three demo tapes in 1995, 1996 and 1997 while performing gigs in nightclubs around L.A. Their first professionally-recorded song was produced in 1997 as part of a compilation of songs centered on the theme of raising Armenian genocide awareness. The year after that, the band was able to release its self-titled debut album and enjoyed moderate success with the singles "Sugar" and "Spiders." On the heels of this success, they were able to perform at Ozzfest and toured with bands like MetallicaSlayer and Fear Factory. However, it was in 2001 that they truly achieved mainstream success. In that year, they released their album Toxicity, the first of three of their offerings to hit No.1 on the Billboard 200. Their song "Chop Suey!" was at No. 1 during the week of the September 11 attacks and therefore attracted controversy for its suggestive lyrics. In late 2001, unreleased tracks from the band's recording sessions for Toxicity were leaked on the internet, and the band then decided to release those tracks in 2002 as Steal This Album! While not as successful as Toxicity - reaching only No. 15 on Billboard's charts - it nevertheless contains many of the songs most beloved by the band's fans, like "Chic' N' Stu," "Streamline," "Highway Song," "I-E-A-I-A-I-O" and "Fuck the System." In 2005, the band reached the peak of its stardom, releasing the albums Mesmerize and Hypnotize, making them one of the few bands to release two No. 1 albums in the same year. The songs "B.Y.O.B." and "Lonely Day," from Mesmerize and Hypnotize, respectively, both went on to become hits.
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System of a Down has sold approximately 40 million albums worldwide. Each one of their albums have been certified Platinum by the RIAA, selling at least 1 million copies in the US. Hypnotize, in particular, has sold more than 8 million copies worldwide.
What are some of the songs included on the typical System of a Down setlist?
System of a Down concerts include all of their popular and high-charting songs like "B.Y.O.B.," "Lonely Day," "Chop Suey!" and "Hypnotize," but also include songs with less mainstream exposure, like "Psycho," "Bounce," "Radio/Video," "Innervsion," "Mr. Jack," "P.L.U.C.K." and "Violent Pornography."
How long is the typical System of a Down concert?
System of a Down's concerts usually feature about 29 or 30 songs. At three to four minutes per song, you can expect the typical concert to be about two hours long - though they have occasionally put on longer shows.
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