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I will try to leave opinion out of this until the end.

System of a Down has made 11 albums (6 of which are demo albums). As time went on, most would say they got more popular, but made less quality music. System of a Down has many different types of music (it's hard to believe that Lost in Hollywood and Sugar are the same band). System of a Down has evolved quite a bit from their first album. Before anyone insults them, listen to at least 2 songs from each of their albums. Before you compliment them, do the same. Don't say they're sellouts. They gained popularity, but what else would you expect from a band?

Now for opinion.
System is amazing, and has lots of talent. They've been my favorite band since I first heard them. I frequently listen to each and every one of their songs. System is one of the best bands ever. They don't like saying what their songs are about (they prefer to leave them for the listener to interpret), and try hard not to say. Some of their songs are about drugs (Prison Song), some about sex (Bounce), some about genocide (PLUCK), some about nothing (Vicinity of Obscenity). I recommend their unreleased works; they're much better.
System of a Down's albums (demos excluded)

System of a Down - 1998
Toxicity - 2001
Steal this Album! - 2002
Mezmerize - 2005
Hypnotize - 2005
by systemicfailure April 29, 2009
 
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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