System of a Down Biography

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System of a DownSystem of a Down, or SOAD, is an American rock band that was formed in Los Angeles, California sometime in 1995. The band is composed of members of Armenian descent. Serj Tankian took on lead vocal duties along with stints on keyboards and guitar.

Accompanying Tankian on the band include Daron Malakian on lead guitars and vocals, Shavo Odadjian on bass and backing vocals along with John Dolmayan on drums.

The band had its start when Tankian and Malakian decided to form a new band in 1995 after their previous band, Soil, broke up. They recruited Odadjian to play bass along with one time member Andy Khachaturian on drums who was later on replaced by Dolmayan due to a hand injury.

The band started making demo tapes and doing live performances on the Los Angeles club circuit. In was on one of their live performances in 1997 that the band was discovered and eventually signed to American/Columbia Records.

The band was able to release their self titled debut album in the summer of 1998. The single "Sugar" became a moderate hit on the radio as the band continued to do live tours which led them to open for Slayer and play on Ozzfest. The band had its big break with the release of their second album, Toxicity in 2001.

The album debuted at number one on the US and Canadian charts and eventually was able to reach multiple-platinum status. The band’s breakout album sold over six million copies worldwide fueled by the hit singles "Chop Suey" and "Toxicity". The singles also gained heavy play rotation on MTV and with the first single able to garner a Grammy nomination the same year.

The band also went on a successful Americas tour with the band Slipknot on 2001. This was followed with another successful Pledge of Allegiance Tour along with Slipknot and Rammstein in 2002. The same year saw the band releasing their Steal This Album! CD. 2004 and 2005 saw the band making their double album Mezmerize/Hypnotize.

The two albums were released six months apart with the first one, Mezmerize, going out in May of 2005. It contained the single, B.Y.O.B, which went on to win for the band a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance. The album debuted at number one in most charts all over the world with sales of over 800,000 copies in its first week. This was followed by an extensive tour around the US to promote the album.

The second album, Hypnotize, was released on November of 2005 and also debuted on the charts at number one. This placed the band as part of a select few artists that were able to come up with two studio albums that debuted at number one on the same year.

By May of 2006, the band reported that they are going on a hiatus that would last for several years. They assured their fans that they are not breaking up but only taking a rest after ten years of performing together. The band members are currently focusing on their solo projects as well as some business ventures.

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