System of a Down or known as SOAD is a US-based heavy metal band. Members of the group are all Armenians. Find more about them and their songs!
The Rock band, System of a Down (SOAD) is surely pride of many, many Armenians around the world. The creation of the band was not an easy process.
Each of the band members have previously had other bands, that were either unsuccessful, or, as they say, not interesting for them.
By becoming famous in the rock music industry, this band has also brought fame to Armenia and raised many causes related to the Armenian nation. The most important issue that they always spoke openly about is the Armenian genocide.
They wrote songs about it and they gave interviews. Thir latest tour that kicked off in 2014 was dedicated to the memory of the 1,5million victims of the Armenian genocide. This may also be the reason why SOAD was never allowed to perform in Turkey for their Turkish fans, which claim to be many.
System of a Down (SOAD): The Beginning
The band was initially called Soil and was founded by Serj Tankian and Daron Malakian. They had other two members of the group, who, after a few performances left the band. The reason was, that they didn’t see any future and didn’t believe in the success of the band.
After they leaft the band, Serj and Daron started attracting new people to the band and eventually, ended up with a group of four and all four were Armenians. After the recreation of the band, they chose a new name for it – “System of a Down”.
The official start of SOAD’s career is marked in 1994.
System of a Down (SOAD): Serj Tankian
Serj Tankian was born in Lebanon, in the family of the Armenian genocide survivor. Serj was 7 years old, when he moved to LA with his family. From then on Serj dedicated himself to music.
Genres that Serj is performing are really various. In the band SOAD, it’s mostly alternative metal, nu metal, hard rock, alternative rock, heavy metal, progressive rock. But he simultaneously has a solo career, where he appears in such genres, as art rock and jazz fusion.
Serj started his active solo career in 2006. He released his first debut record Elect the Dead, which brought him a lot of success in solo career.
In 2009 Tankian performed the songs from “Elect the Dead” with the orchestra. Later, together with Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in New Zealand, Tankian recorded orchestral version of the album. Shortly after, when the international tour started in orchestral version, it was pretty much clear – the audience loved it!
Serj Tankian is also known for his precise political views. As the successor of the genocide survivor, he always said, that it is appalling for him, that USA and many other huge countries still deny the obvious reality.
Serj has been rising awareness about the Armenian Genocide, in all possible ways he could. He even, participated in the creation of the movie called “1915”, as he wrote the soundtrack for the movie.
System of a Down (SOAD): Daron Malakian
Daron Malakian is the only member of the SOAD, that has been born in the United States. His full name is Daron Vartan Malakian. He is a vocalist and guitarist in SOAD.
Daron is also a wonderful songwriter, many songs of System of a Down have been written by him. The most famous one is “Lonely day”. This is one of those rare songs, where Daron is the lead solo singer and Serj is only the back vocalist.
Except of System of a Down, Daron Malakian has been involved in Scars of Broadway project.
Malakian is recognized in the music industry as a talented guitarist. He has been named, as one of the best rock guitarists of all time by many magazines and polls.
|Loudwire||Top 50 Hard Rock + Metal Guitarists Of All Time||40th Place|
|Music Radar||The 20 Greatest Metal Guitarists Ever||11th Place|
|Guitar World||The 100 Greatest Heavy Metal Guitarists of All Time||30th Place|
System of a Down (SOAD): Shavo Odajian
Shavo’s real name is Shavarsh. He is the only member of the group, that is originally from Armenia. Shavo is the bassist and backing vocalist in SOAD.
Odajian is one of the core members of SOAD. He was initially hired by Sarj and Daron to manage the band, which then was called Soil. This is what he said about the early years.
There is no doubt that Shavo is multitalented, because he is not only writing, producing and playing music, he was also responsible for the stage design and also, for stage lightening during live performances.
In recent years, Shavo has been DJ-ing. He is a pretty much well known and respected DJ in LA and also is producing house music pieces with RZA and Armenian Grammy award winner, musician Arto Tuncboyacyan.
System of a Down (SOAD): John Dolmayan
Just like Serj Tankian, John was also born in Lebanon. His full name is John Hovig Dolmayan. He is also a successor of the genocide survivor.
When John was living in Beirut, at the time of Lebanese civil war, his bed (fortunately empty) was bombed. After that incident, not feeling safe in Beirut anymore, Dolmayan family left the country for Toronto and eventually ended up settling in California.
Dolmayan is the drummer of System of a Down. He was also performing as a drummer in the project Scars of Broadway, along with his SOAD co-member Daron Malakian.
At the moment, John is busy working with his newly formed band, called “Indicator”. The band in planning to release a new album. The album will be called “Have We Gone Too Far?”.
System of a Down (SOAD): Armenian Songs
According to the group members, most of the art that System of a Down created, was inspired by the Armenian world, culture, mentality. Even though, when you listen to their songs, musically they sound just like other American rock bands.
This cannot be said about the lyrics. Their lyrics is usually political (dealing with the recognition of Armenian Genocide). During their life performances, SOAD member have always referred to the world leaders about this cause and not only directly, but also through their music.
If any of you has ever attended SOAD concert, then surely noticed that sometimes they switch to Armenian songs.
During their concerts, regardless the country they are performing and who the audience is, they perform songs in Armenian. These songs are usually Armenian folk.
Three of those songs, “Hey jan Khapama”, “Aman Telo”, Sardarapat” was performed during the huge live concert in Yerevan. Well, that was obvious – the audience loved it. At least, the cheers say so.
Other folk songs the group performs during world tours are: “Julietta”, “Aragil”.
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