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System of a Down

AKA: SOAD

About System of a Down

System of a Down, also known by the acronym ‘SOAD’ and often shortened to ‘System,’ are an Armenian four-piece rock band from Southern California, formed in 1994.


The band achieved commercial success with the release of five studio albums, Toxicity, Mezmerize and Hypnotize debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. System of a Down has been nominated for four Grammy Awards, and their song “B.Y.O.B.” won the Best Hard Rock Performance of 2006.

(Toxicity’s album art)

The group briefly disbanded in August 2006 and reunited in November 2010, embarking on a tour for the following three years. They had two subsequent worldwide tours in 2015 and 2017.

System of a Down has sold over 40 million records worldwide, and two of their singles, “Aerials” and “Hypnotize,” reached number one on Billboard’s Alternative Songs chart.


The band currently consists of four Armenian Americans:

Serj Tankian: lead vocals, keyboards, guitar on occasion.
Daron Malakian: vocals, guitar.
Shavo Odadjian: bass, backing vocals.
John Dolmayan: drums.

(SOAD’s actual formation)
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