System off has Down
System off has Down ( alias SOAD or System ) is a group of Nu metal, of Los Angeles. The group then turned to a style appreciably different from its preceding albums starting from the album Mezmerize . Its four members are of origin Arménie nne, though born with the Lebanon, the the United States or in Arménie.
- Serj Tankian - Song and keyboard
- Daron Malakian - Guitar and Song
- Shavo Odadjian - Low
- John Dolmayan - Battery
Let us note that Serj Tankian as plays of the guitar on scene, as Daron Malakian had played the basic parts in studio on the albums Mezmerize/Hypnotize and uses per moments a Vocodeur, and that it sometimes happens at Shavo Odadjian to supplement the agreements of voice, to make certain spoken or shouted parts. He is also the realizer of the majority of their clips. In the same way, all the members take part in the composition of the words and the music, especially Daron Malakian and Serj Tankian. Daron Malakian sings sometimes more than Serj Tankian in certain songs.
Collaborators and invited
- Arto Tuncboyaciyan - Various and voice (on Toxicity and Steal This Album!)
- Rick Rubin - producing Co on all the albums and piano
- Greg Hakes - Thérémine on Ego Brain
History of the groupSoil (which had not produced any album and very few concerts), the group founded by Daron Malakian, becomes System off has Down. The name is drawn from a poem of Daron: Victims off has down . As of its first album homonyme, in 1998, the group was a certain success. Their committed words quickly made them them flag-holder of great causes, in particular the recognition of the Armenian genocide. Songs as Sugar (which becomes the anthem of the group with Continuation-Pee) and Spiders leaves into individual.
2001, with the exit of Toxicity , that the group appears with the general public. The album is carried by the tube Aerials , of which the clip is realized by Odadjian, the bass player of the group, just as by the famous song Chop Suey! . The songs of Toxicity will be those which will be generally played on scene at the time of the concerts, in particular with Bounce , Prison Song or Forest .
Internet at the end of 2001. The group announced that the versions of the titles which circulated were not final versions and left Steal This Album! in 2002, album made up of final versions of part of the pieces in question but also of new titles. This album left simultaneously in five different editions, whose only design of the small pocket varies.
The name of the album, perceived by much like a proof of cynicism and demagogy, is in fact a reference to Steal this book! , written by Abbie Hoffman, radical leader of the movement hippie.
Hypnotize , the second part, left 6 months later, on November 22nd. Its packaging particular enables him to be imbricated with the small pocket of Mezmerize, which forms a true double-album then. One also finds this will of coherence in the songs. For example, the first song of Mezmerize names Soldier side - Intro . From very a short duration, it leaves outstanding its direction until Soldier side , the last song of Hypnotize . The junction of the two small pockets enables us to include/understand the drawing (on the right on Mezmerize , on the left on Hypnotize and in the center of the two albums), which creates faces then. The faces are opposed between Mezmerize and Hypnotize . The visual union goes to the drawings on and under CD (on Mezmerize we have a eye-dial, whereas in lower part we find a cranium-dial, and it is the reverse for Hypnotize ).
One can feel in Mezmerize and Hypnotize which the role of Malakian becomes more important. He also now writes the majority of the texts, assumes the writing of the basic parts and the cheek in studio, and a good quarter of the sung parts. Malakian does not hide importance of its contribution to the albums while specifying all the same at which point the other members of the group are implied in the creative process. One can however notice the influence of Daron Malakian was already clear with this double-album at the time of the concerts: it is him which generally spoke and which drew more the attention.
The setting in pause of the group
Daron announced officially that after Ozzfest, System off has Down would separate temporarily, to return later.
Malakian says that it cannot really say the pause how long will have separately to say a few years. System off has Down generally had sessions of recording every three years since their first album in 1998, although the exits of the albums were staged: Toxicity in 2001 was followed into 2002 of Steal This Album!, and in 2005 the group left the two parts of Mezmerize/Hypnotize in six months of interval. This autumn, Malakian said that it would start to work on its next project, to Scars one Broadway, a group which it is always forming. It is also question of a film music, but nothing was still signed.
Parallel projectsSimultaneously with the group, its members carry out all of the projects of their with dimensions. Serj Tankian belongs to Axis off Justice, organization militant (articulating itself around a radio program) with Tom Morello, as for him guitarist of Rage Against the Machine and of Audioslave. From this union a round of financing and an album result.
Serj Tankian also joins Arto Tuncboyaciyan in the musical adventure of Serart, disc resulting from the mixture of the kinds of the singer and the Armenian multi-instrumentalist. He also collaborated with the Deftones on the piece Mein of their album Saturday Night Wrist .
Serj Tankian also recorded a title with the Rita Mitsouko. It is what Catherine Ringer during an interview affirmed on France Inter. The piece will appear on the new album of the Rita Mitsouko but will not leave into individual. Indeed, the leader of the group took part in the piece " Terminal Beauty " , piece of the last album of Rita Mitsouko.
The album solo of Serj Tankian, " Elect the dead" , on October 23rd, 2007 left.
EngagementsSystem off has Down entered a three years silence after the exit of Steal this album! , its compilation of new pieces, without new album nor turned gross. The group however did not stop furrowing the rooms with its own festival of support for the causes which are due to him in heart, with in priority the recognition of the Armenian genocide what amongst other things resulted in the titles PLUCK and Holy Mountain . Recently Serj Tankian, was committed making maintain the recognition of the Armenian genocide to the Chambre of the Representatives of the United States. The group is also engaged in the fight against the famine in Africa and the Pacifisme. In 2006, System off has Down took part in the movement anti-war (Living room with war today) founded by Neil Young at the sides of artists like James Blunt, Esther Galil, Pink… Boom is a Chanson against the Guerre in Iraq and against George W. Bush.
Musical genreSystem off has Down uses many different instruments, among which electric guitars, electric mandolines, zithers, traditional guitars with 12 cords, or of many instruments of the the Middle East. Black Sabbath like Slayer, veterans of the heavy metal, are among their principal musical influences, but their music finds also his origins in the Jazz, the fusion, the Armenian traditional music, the traditional Rock, the Blues, and the industrial Metal.
A recurring debate among the fans of the group and the heavy metal in general is to determine its musical genre: is this Nu metal or is this more correct to qualify it heavy metal?
The partisans of the first assumption point out that System Of has Down carries out indeed only few solos of guitar and prefers to use simple fronts of guitar. Their musical structure is also typically Nu metal: verse, refrain, verse, refrain, musical bridge, refrain. The group also takes part in the Ozzfest, a festival where the groups of naked metal are numerous to play. One can notice that the group uses phrased “the Rap” in several their songs, which is frequent, but not systematic, in naked metal.
The group is often labelled naked metal, as well by the fans and the media and this since the group exists. Those which do not consider System off has Down as a group of naked metal declare that is perhaps due to the fact that their first album left in full “boom” naked metal, in second half of the years 1990. Others mention the fact that System off has Down does not use platinums, thing that a good number of groups of naked metal make.
Daron Malakian also works with the leader of the rock group Amen.
- System Of has Down (June 30th 1998)
- Toxicity (September 4th 2001)
- Steal This Album! (November 26th 2002)
- Mezmerize (May 17th 2005)
- Hypnotize (November 22nd 2005)
- Sugar of System off has Down (1998)
- War? of System off has Down (1998) off
- Spiders of System has Down (1998)
- Chop Suey! of Toxicity (2001)
- Toxicity of Toxicity (2001)
- forest of Toxicity (2001)
- Innervision of Steal This Album! (2002)
- Boom! of Steal This Album! (2002) (clip of Michael Moore)
- B.Y.O.B of Mezmerize (2005)
- Question! of Mezmerize (2005)
- Hypnotize of Hypnotize (2005)
- Lonely Day of Hypnotize (2006)
- Kill rock' N roll of Hypnotize (2006)
Marmalade , diffused on CD of Rock'n'roll Sound Select of 1998; CD Strangeland and on individual the Lonely day in edition digipak
- The Subway , taken again group Berlin , available on individual the Lonely day in edition digipak and on the original soundtrack of the film Dracula 2001 (film also entitled)
- Starlit Eyes diffused on the Strait-up album, album paying homage to the singer of the Snot group.
- Defy You (original Demonstration of Nüguns )
- Shame one has Nigga , with the Wu Tang Clan, available on individual the Lonely day in edition digipak
- Storaged , diffused on CD of the BO of the film Heavy Metal 2000
- Patterns , Serj Tankian with Tony Iommi (on the album Iommi )
- Virgin Tea (also called Cherry), Steal This Album B-Side
- Blue (Demonstration)
- Mushroom Cult , with Dog Fashion Disco
- Honey (Demonstration)
- Snowblind , taken again homage to Black Sabbath, available on individual the Lonely day in edition digipak
- Everytime (original Demonstration of BOOM! )
- Will they die 4 you with Mass, Puffy and Lim' Kim
RecoveriesThe group also begins again on scene, in a sometimes impromptu way, the titles of various groups, for example:
- Isla Bonita (Madonna)
- Goodbye Blue Sky (Pink Floyd)
- Sultans off Swing (To say Straits)
- Im Nazelis (Paul Baghdadlian)
- Julieta (Harout Pamboukjian)
- When the smoke is going down (Scorpions)
- Lemon song (Led Zeppelin)
- Snowblind (Black Sabbath)
- The Subway (Berlin)
The song Feel Good is not a title of System Of has Down but makes of them to a song of the group (hed) EP on the album Broke with the collaboration of Serj Tankian and Morgan (the singer of Kittie).
- Screamers (Live + Documentary) (November 12th 2007)
- SystemOfADown.com - Official site
- Myspace.com/soad - official Myspace
- SOAD-FR.com - Fan French Club of the group
Notes and references of the article
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