System Of A Down – Hypnotize
System of a Down, also known by the acronym SOAD and often shortened to System, is an American four-piece rock band from Southern California, formed in 1994. The band currently consists of four Armenian-Americans: Serj Tankian (lead vocals, occasional keyboards and rhythm guitar), Daron Malakian (vocals, guitar), Shavo Odadjian (bass, background vocals) and John Dolmayan (drums).
The band achieved commercial success with the release of five studio albums, of which three debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. System of a Down has been nominated for four Grammy Awards, and their song “B.Y.O.B.” won the Best Hard Rock Performance of 2006. The group went on hiatus in August 2006 and reunited in November 2010, embarking on a tour for the following three years. System of a Down has sold over 40 million records worldwide.
On November 29, 2010, following several weeks of Internet rumors, System of a Down officially announced that they would be reuniting for a string of large European festival dates in June 2011. Among the announced tour dates included UK’s Download Festival, Switzerland’s Greenfield Festival, Germany’s Rock am Ring/Rock im Park, Sweden’s Metaltown, Austria’s Nova Rock Festival and Finland’s Provinssirock. The reunion tour commenced on May 10, 2011 in Edmonton, Alberta. System’s first tour through Mexico and South America began on September 28, 2011 in Mexico City, ending in Santiago, Chile on October 7, 2011.From late February to early March 2012, they headlined five dates at Soundwave festival. This was the band’s first visit to Australia since 2005. The band have continued playing around the world. On August 11 and 12, 2012, they played the Heavy MTL and Heavy T.O. music festivals in Montreal and Toronto, respectively.On February 4, 2013, it was announced that System of a Down would play the UK’s Reading and Leeds Festivals in August 2013, among other festivals and venues.
In mid-March 2013, via their Facebook Page, the band hinted at an announcement of a show by posting pictures of famous Los Angeles Landmarks and asking fans to figure out “where all roads lead”. Several days later, it was announced that System of a Down would play their only US Date in 2013 at the Hollywood Bowl on July 29, 2013. Tickets sold out hours after going on sale on March 22.
Asked in August 2012 whether System of a Down will record a new album, frontman Serj Tankian said that the members of System of a Down have not “really discussed another record as of now”, although he later added, “when it’s the right time, it’ll materialize, like everything else in the universe”. Also in August, Dolmayan said that he would like to do a new System of a Down album in 2013.
On May 20, 2013 bassist Shavo Odadjian criticized Tankian on Facebook, accusing him of stopping the band from recording a sixth studio album. Odadjian stated, “Its not us (Daron, John or Shavo) Its Serj, who doesn’ want to do a new album!!!! so please stop harassing us about it!!! We are just waiting for SERJ! Now He might hate me for exposing the truth but i Had too.. Sorry folks!!! we’re trying to get a new album out, its just not passing Serj’s RULES! . Kinda funny, since we started the band and now he’s holding us back!!” He also went as far as to comment on the possibility of replacing Tankian to get an album out sooner.
While he has since removed the posts from his page, System of a Down’s official Facebook page later responded to the posts. The statement said that his statements “do not reflect the sentiments of System Of A Down as a collective band” and that they came from “a temporary state of bad judgment on his part alone”. Regarding a new album, it also read “although we have not agreed on a timetable for a new album, we all believe that having the four of us do it together is the way to be true to the band and our fans.” Later, while commenting on the possibility of new System of a Down material, singer Serj Tankian stated that he “can’t write a forced record”, an action he described as “romancing someone at a time you don’t want to be romantic.” He added that an album cycle requires three years and it is not “something [he] can do right now.”
On September 26, 2013, Dolmayan revealed on Twitter that he had begun work on a covers album, which “should be good practice” for a new System of a Down album “sometime in the future.”
In early July 2014, Dolmayan touched on the topic of new music again in an interview with Loudwire magazine, saying there are some good reasons behind why the band has not entered the studio and recorded new music. However, despite this fact, he’s not entirely happy with the current state of the band.
On November 23, System of a Down announced the “Wake Up The Souls” world tour to commemorate the Armenian Genocide. It will mark 100 years since the event occurred. The tour will also feature a free show in Republic Square in Yerevan, Armenia on April 24, 2015, their very first show in Armenia.
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