Thursday, March 17, 2011

System Of A Down


Well, I was rather surprised when I found out that there was anyone that follows my blog that hadn't heard of System of a Down. Not all that familiar with them? Okay. I can buy that. But never even hearing of them?! I'm actually shocked. With that being said, however, they only released a handful of albums, and have been on hiatus since 2005. So I guess it is possible for them to fly under someone's radar. Especially if they don't typically listen to metal.

SOAD s an Armenian-American rock band from California. They were one of the founders of what is referred to as "Nu Metal". I'm not going to get into what is and isn't "nu metal" because it seems to be a loose term that is thrown around, typically with a negative connotation.

For a sample of their first self-titled album, I was going to post Spiders, as I really love that song, but Sugar was an immensely bigger hit, and a better example of the CD.



Their second album Toxicity, was not only, in my opinion, their best album, but I personally believe it to be one of the top metal albums ever produced. There really isn't one track that stands out among the others that I feel like I should post. But, alas, I can't really post the entire album, so here's Psycho.



Their third album, Steal This Album was actually a bunch of tracks that didn't make it to Toxicity. Most of the songs were low quality MP3 files that got leaked. After the band found out, they got upset that fans would settle for the poor quality, so they mastered the songs and released the album.



In 2005, the band released two albums, Mezmerize and Hypnotize. These two albums were released a few months apart, but were supposed to be taken as a single album. If you had the physical CDs, you could even attach the cases to each other. As an excuse to post more music, I'm going to post a track from either CD. The first being Sad Statue, and then Dreaming.





One last note. Remember when I said that Amon Amarth's new album leaked? Well, apparently there's a bonus track......A cover of Aerials by SOAD. I figured I would share it with you.

22 comments:

  1. props for the amon amarth track

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  2. Mesmerize and Toxcity are my fav albums!

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  3. Great band and great article!
    I found out recently that even if you post about something extremely popular, there will be people who have never heard of it before.

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  4. I'm definitely 'down' with SOAD.

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  5. For some reason, I've just never been able to get into these guys.

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  6. I like literally each single song they have produced! Great post!

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  7. awesome band!!!

    http://all-around-toto.blogspot.com/

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  8. probs for taking me down the memory lane

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  9. i hate that they broke up, but i loved serj soloalbums!

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  10. Never heard that cover of aerials. awesome.

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  11. I can't get enough of these guys, but I've never seen one of their videos before. Thanks man!

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  12. Banana bannabananabananapricottapie banananabnanabnabnabnana!

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  13. great band with some awesome songs!

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  14. good post man, I used to be really into SOAD a while ago and they're still a bit of a guilty pleasure. especially the stuff on Toxicity, some ace tuns there. Chop Suey was incredible at the time

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  15. Always been a fairly big fan of SOAD and yes Toxicity is easily their best album. Hadn't heard the Amon Amarth cover though, classic!

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  16. dammm good old days. It's been a while since i've listen to them!

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