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A band whose musical influence hail from Armenia. Their lyrics are open to interpretation and speak of politics, religion and experiences. System of a Down's lyrics are subject to debate because they rely heavily on interpretation *1. As is their music, although the basic chords and repetitive nature contributes well towards emphasis and overall catchiness of the song *2. Their music cannot be easily categorised with "fellow" bands Slipknot and Korn. Despite popular belief, their music fluctuates from song to song, depending on the theme ("Mind" to "Roulette". They are atheists and on the whole against the way that the world is governed. Such popular songs include "Chop Suey" and "Toxicity." Their name derives from a poem called "Victims of a Down"

Serj Tankian - Vocals, keyboards
John Dolmayan - Drum
Daron Malakian - Guitar, vocals
Shavo Odadjian - Bass

All of whom descend from Armenia.
1. "Somewhere between the sacred silence, scared silence and sleep"
2. "I need to fuck the sys, I need to fuck the sys, I need to fuck the sys."
by Lyle August 23, 2004
 
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A band that created a unique sound by combining armenian and middle eastern elements with heavy metal. People accuse them of just screaming because they're too illiterate to read their lyrics or try to interpit them. Shallow preps hate them because their image is not as flashy as that of a rapper or pop star. Some hate them just because they're afaird listening to "unpopular" music would set them apart from the crowd. One of the few good metal bands in an industry poluted by nu-metal clones.
Me: Have you heard System of A Down?

Wigger: Fuck no, I don't listen ta dat shit, all they does scream about shit dat don't mean shit.

Me: Really, Have you tried to read their lyrics or interpit them?

Wigger: Read? Wut da fuck?! I don't read any shit! And wut da fuck does 'interaypit' mean?!
by Armen April 03, 2004
 
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a politically correct band with some fucking unique talent
no example needed, just check out thier albums toxicity and steal this album
by BlankGirl December 26, 2004
 
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The most recent band in existence to be so kick-ass that their records are 55-minute-long orgasms.
"I like SOAD," said Dave one day while he was out kicking the shit out of zombie scum.
by Davezor January 23, 2004
 
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the most bad ass band ever. A lot of people call them sell outs but theyre just ass holes that think that whatever they dont like is selling out. theyre the fucking opposite of sellouts. they do charity tours for crimes against humanity. u wanna see sellout just look up my definition for metallica.
system of a down is a bad as rock band
by ben hendricskon August 04, 2004
 
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Okay, people with strong opinions here, I respect that, but some are just a bit too fucking intense. If you'd like my opinion, (Undoubtabley if you're reading this,) here it is.

SOAD is unique. They are definitely in the top 10 bands out there, due to their intelligent, deep, political lyrics, blended with amazing vocals, and excellent guitars. I highly recommend the song "Toxicity" to start out with, just as an experimental taste, and if you DO like them, get the albums. Me, I hope they continue to tell the truth about america in their deep, philisophical melodies. (They've been around since '95, too, just is anyone wanted to know.)
Guy: Hey, did you get Toxicity?
Chick: Yeah, it kicked ass, where can I get some more?
by Alec Girard September 09, 2004
 
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Listen, I'm a death metal kid, and I even have to agree that yes, System of a Down kicks ass. To all you pop-poser assholes out there, kill yourself. Lets summarize what we have learned, shall we? System of a Down is a good band even to some death-heads, and all pop-fags deserve to die. End of discussion.
"Did you see that pop idiot at the SOAD concert last night?"
"Yes, but I killed him without mercy."
by Morbid Angel is your friend December 02, 2003
 
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System of A Down is a very unique alternative metal band from Armenia. They mix strong political beliefs into their often unintelligible lyrics. All of the members have a unique style of playing their instruments, and Serj Tankien has one of the most unusual voices in popular music today. Who cares if they're pop. If they make good music, it shouldn't matter. The Beatles were pop, but they are one of the most influential bands ever. Oh, and by the way... the person who said that they use Drop-D is only half right. They play in Drop-D tuning one whole step down.
None that I can think of.
by -+n{Twitch}f+- July 15, 2004