History Music / SystemOfADown

16th Jun '16 4:28:23 PM CapnMP
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

** Their reworking of "The Metro" by Berlin has just one change to the lyrics at the end:
--> ''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis FUCK. YOU.]] For loving me,
--> ''Riding on the metro''
22nd May '16 9:43:49 AM DougDevilsMutt
Is there an issue? Send a Message
21st May '16 8:45:19 PM DougDevilsMutt
Is there an issue? Send a Message
27th Apr '16 7:37:19 AM CassandraLeo
Is there an issue? Send a Message


Their lyrics often revolve around themes of isolation, insanity, and criticisms of modern society. Some of their songs have absurdist lyrics, others are sung as if speaking directly to the listener and feature terse statements and lots of questions/demands, and others yet are more sarcastic and satirical. [[SignatureStyle Probably their most well-known attribute is their rapid tone/tempo/time signature changes]], giving the music a schizophrenic feel (most noticeable in songs like "Question!," "I-E-A-I-A-I-O," "BYOB," and, of course, [[SignatureSong "Chop Suey"]]).

to:

Their lyrics often revolve around themes of isolation, insanity, and criticisms of modern society. Some of their songs have absurdist lyrics, others are sung as if speaking directly to the listener and feature terse statements and lots of questions/demands, and others yet are more sarcastic and satirical. [[SignatureStyle Probably their most well-known attribute is their rapid tone/tempo/time signature changes]], giving the music a schizophrenic feel (most noticeable in songs like "Question!," "I-E-A-I-A-I-O," "BYOB," "B.Y.O.B.," and, of course, [[SignatureSong "Chop Suey"]]).Suey!"]]).



* BookEnds: ''Mesmerize'' and ''Hypnotize'' double-album, the one's outro echoing the other's intro ("Soldier's Side").
** ''Hypnotize'''s lyrics include [[TitleDrop 'They disguise it, hypnotize it' and 'Mesmerize the simple-minded'.]]
** The packaging for both albums interlock as well.

to:

* BookEnds: ''Mesmerize'' and ''Hypnotize'' double-album, ''Music/MezmerizeHypnotize'' double album, the one's outro echoing the other's intro ("Soldier's ("Soldier Side").
** ''Hypnotize'''s "Hypnotize"'s lyrics include [[TitleDrop 'They disguise it, hypnotize it' and 'Mesmerize the simple-minded'.]]
** The packaging for both albums interlock interlocks as well.



--> "He wants nothing less, but to wear a little dress."

to:

--> "He wants nothing less, less but to wear a little dress."



** Interestingly, the band regard "Steal This Album!" as their third album indicating that they were satisfied with how it was released.

to:

** Interestingly, the band regard "Steal ''Steal This Album!" Album!'' as their third album album, indicating that they were satisfied with how it was released.



** The stylistic disconnect between a frantic verse & a calm chorus ("Chop Suey", "B.Y.O.B.", "Viscinity of Obscenity", "Violent Pornography", among others).

to:

** The stylistic disconnect between a frantic verse & a calm chorus ("Chop Suey", "B.Y.O.B.", "Viscinity "Vicinity of Obscenity", "Violent Pornography", among others).



* DistinctDoubleAlbum: ''Mezmerize'' / ''Hypnotize''
* DownerEnding: "Lost In Hollywood"; "Soldier's Side" (reprise).
** On that note, all of their albums end depressingly. Their self titled debut closes with "P.L.U.C.K.", a song about young men forced to join the army in the wake of the Armenian genocide. ''Toxicity'' ends with "Aerials", a song about how selfish the human race is, and its hidden track is a tribal rendition of Armenian church hymn "Der Voghormya" (God Have Mercy). In addition, ''Steal This Album'' ends with "Streamline", a song about a man not being there for someone when they were on their death bed,

to:

* DistinctDoubleAlbum: ''Mezmerize'' / ''Hypnotize''
''Music/MezmerizeHypnotize'', released as two discs but intended as discrete parts of a coherent whole.
* DownerEnding: "Lost In in Hollywood"; "Soldier's Side" (reprise).
"Soldier Side".
** On that note, all of their albums end depressingly. Their self titled debut closes with "P.L.U.C.K.", a song about young men forced to join the army in the wake of the Armenian genocide. ''Toxicity'' ends with "Aerials", a song about how selfish the human race is, and its hidden track is a tribal rendition of Armenian church hymn "Der Voghormya" (God Have Mercy). In addition, ''Steal This Album'' Album!'' ends with "Streamline", a song about a man not being there for someone when they were on their death bed,



* ExcitedShowTitle: "Steal This Album!", "Chop Suey!", "Question!"

to:

* ExcitedShowTitle: "Steal ''Steal This Album!", Album!'', "Chop Suey!", "Question!"



** "Mind" into "Peephole."

to:

** "Mind" into "Peephole.""Peephole".



** "Thetawaves" into "Roulette"
** Bonus points for the triple, "Holy Mountains" into "Vicinity of Obscenity" into "She's Like Heroin."

to:

** "Thetawaves" into "Roulette"
"Roulette".
** Bonus points for the triple, triple: "Holy Mountains" into "Vicinity of Obscenity" into "She's Like Heroin."Heroin".



* FunWithAcronyms: "B.Y.O.B.", usually used to mean "Bring Your Own Beer", is used by System to mean "Bring Your Own Bombs". "A.D.D.", usually used to mean "[[AttentionDeficitOohShiny Attention Deficit Disorder]]", is used to mean "American Dream Denial". Then there are things like "P.L.U.C.K.", which stands for "Politically Lying, Unholy, Cowardly Killers", and "ATWA", which stands for "Air, Trees, Water, Animals".



* HeavyMetalUmlaut: "Nuguns" is written like this on the track listing.

to:

* HeavyMetalUmlaut: "Nuguns" "Nüguns" is written like this on the track listing.



* LargeHam: Started out as Serj ("Sugar", "Bounce", pretty much most of the first two albums), but Daron slowly began to take the spotlight ("Needles", much of ''Mezmerize''[=/=]''Hypnotize''), while Serj sits at the {{Cloudcuckoolander}} ("This Cocaine Makes Me Feel Like I'm On This Song", "Vicinity of Obscenity", "Revenga", "Radio/Video") / DeadpanSnarker ("Cigaro") / occasionally TheQuietOne ("Lost in Hollywood") position. With the release of Serj's two solo albums, he's gone back to the LargeHam he's meant to be ("Lie Lie Lie", "Beethoven's {{C|ountryMatters}}unt", pretty much everything else).

to:

* LargeHam: Started out as Serj ("Sugar", "Bounce", pretty much most of the first two albums), but Daron slowly began to take the spotlight ("Needles", much of ''Mezmerize''[=/=]''Hypnotize''), ''Music/MezmerizeHypnotize''), while Serj sits at the {{Cloudcuckoolander}} ("This Cocaine Makes Me Feel Like I'm On on This Song", "Vicinity of Obscenity", "Revenga", "Radio/Video") / DeadpanSnarker ("Cigaro") / occasionally TheQuietOne ("Lost in Hollywood") position. With the release of Serj's two solo albums, he's gone back to the LargeHam he's meant to be ("Lie Lie Lie", "Beethoven's {{C|ountryMatters}}unt", pretty much everything else).



* LyricalDissonance: Many, including "Bounce" (a very heavy song about group sex), "Shimmy" (a hard song including lyrics about indoctrination and subjugation, also about wanting to dance all night and not being late for school), and "Kill Rock 'n Roll", a heavy, serious song about the time Daron hit a rabbit with his car.(Note the cryptic lines "eat all the grass that you want / accidents happen in the dark".)
** In fact, to people who associate the sound of metal with [[BlackMetal dark, nihilistic lyrics about mass murderers and]] [[RockMeAsmodeus Satan,]] the band's entire output could qualify, as they show a good deal of moral consciousness in their lyrics, especially in their addressing of political issues and tragic world events:

to:

* LyricalDissonance: Many, including "Bounce" (a very heavy song about group sex), "Shimmy" (a hard song including lyrics about indoctrination and subjugation, also about wanting to dance all night and not being late for school), and "Kill Rock 'n Roll", a heavy, serious song about the time Daron hit a rabbit with his car. (Note the cryptic lines "eat all the grass that you want / accidents happen in the dark".)
** In fact, to people who associate the sound of metal with [[BlackMetal dark, nihilistic lyrics about mass murderers and]] [[RockMeAsmodeus Satan,]] the band's entire output could qualify, as they show a good deal of moral consciousness in their lyrics, especially in their addressing of political issues and tragic world events:events.



** SOAD wasn't angry about the material being leaked at all, just that the songs weren't quite finished. They were happy to put out the material and present it like it was a bootleg. The band have absolutely no problem with people downloading their demo tapes, and have been known to play the exclusive material from them live.

to:

** SOAD [=SoaD=] wasn't angry about the material being leaked at all, just that the songs weren't quite finished. They were happy to put out the material and present it like it was a bootleg. The band have absolutely no problem with people downloading their demo tapes, and have been known to play the exclusive material from them live.



* NonAppearingTitle: "Stealing Society", "This Cocaine Makes Me Feel Like I'm On This Song", "B.Y.O.B.", "Chop Suey", "Chic 'n' Stu", "36", "U-Fig".

to:

* NonAppearingTitle: "Stealing Society", "This Cocaine Makes Me Feel Like I'm On on This Song", "B.Y.O.B.", "Chop Suey", "Chic 'n' Stu", "36", "U-Fig".



* RockstarSong: "Radio/Video". Inverted by "Lost In Hollywood."

to:

* RockstarSong: "Radio/Video". Inverted by "Lost In in Hollywood."



* ScienceIsWrong: "Science has failed our mother Earth."

to:

* ScienceIsWrong: "Science has failed our mother Earth."" However, somewhat PlayedWith as the song isn't necessarily protesting science in and of itself but the way that technology has raised the destructive capabilities of the human race exponentially, particularly when it comes to warfare and environmental degradation. The band explicitly compares the religious wars of the past with more recent wars fought with advanced technology.
--> ''Fighting off the diseased programming''
--> ''Of centuries, centuries, centuries, centuries''
--> ''Science fails to recognise the single most''
--> ''Potent element of human existence''
26th Apr '16 1:15:31 AM aye_amber
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* SubduedSection: Many, many songs. A few of the best examples are "She's Like Heroin", "Aerials", and "Chop Suey!".
* SurprisinglyGentleSong: Their ballads, like "Roulette", "Soldier Side", "Lost in Hollywood", "Lonely Day", and "Hypnotize".
* SympathyForTheDevil: In ''A.D.D.'':

to:

* SubduedSection: Many, many songs. A few of the best examples are "She's Like Heroin", "Aerials", and "Chop Suey!".
Suey!"
* SurprisinglyGentleSong: Their ballads, like "Roulette", "Soldier Side", "Lost in Hollywood", "Lonely Day", and "Hypnotize".
"Hypnotize."
* SympathyForTheDevil: In ''A.D.D.''::''



* UnusualEuphemism: "Bounce" uses pogo sticking as a metaphor for sex. In a live version included on a bonus disc of some versions of ''Toxicity'', Serj drops the pretense that it's about pogo altogether and sings "I brought my pogo ''dick''".
* VocalTagTeam: Daron and Serj on later albums as Daron started singing more.

to:

* UnusualEuphemism: "Bounce" uses pogo sticking as a metaphor for sex. In a live version included on a bonus disc of some versions of ''Toxicity'', Serj drops the pretense that it's about pogo altogether and sings "I brought my pogo ''dick''".
''dick.''"
* VocalTagTeam: Daron and Serj on later albums as Daron started singing more.



** [[WordOfGod Daron admitted]] that "Suite Pee" was just a bunch of random lines strung together. Ditto "Sugar" and "Darts".
* XtremeKoolLetterz: "[[HeavyMetalUmlaut Nüguns]]," thanks to the umlaut.

to:

** [[WordOfGod Daron admitted]] that "Suite Pee" was just a bunch of random lines strung together. Ditto "Sugar" and "Darts".
"Darts."
* XtremeKoolLetterz: "[[HeavyMetalUmlaut Nüguns]]," Nüguns,]]" thanks to the umlaut.
umlaut.
20th Dec '15 3:57:34 AM electricbees
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* SympathyForTheDevil: In ''A.D.D.'':
--> ''We offer prayers for your long lost soul.''


Added DiffLines:

* SympathyForTheDevil: In ''A.D.D.'':
--> ''We offer prayers for your long lost soul.''
20th Dec '15 3:56:37 AM electricbees
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* CryForTheDevil: In ''A.D.D.'':

to:

* CryForTheDevil: SympathyForTheDevil: In ''A.D.D.'':
20th Dec '15 3:55:42 AM electricbees
Is there an issue? Send a Message


They have been vocal in spreading word about the early-20th-century Armenian genocide, up to and including a tour to commemorate its 100th anniversary (though Malakian has stated that "P.L.U.C.K." is their only song about said genocide[[note]]"Holy Mountains" from ''Hypnotize'' is too though.[[/note]]). They are also in favor of drug decriminalization & are strongly anti-interventionism.

to:

They have been vocal in spreading word about the early-20th-century Armenian genocide, up to and including a tour to commemorate its 100th anniversary (though Malakian has stated that "P.L.U.C.K." is their only song about said genocide[[note]]"Holy Mountains" from ''Hypnotize'' is too though.[[/note]]). They are also in favor of drug decriminalization & are strongly anti-interventionism.
anti-interventionist.



* {{Crossdresser}}: "She's Like Heroin"
--> "He wants nothing less, [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments but to wear a little dress]]."

to:

* {{Crossdresser}}: "She's Like Heroin"
Heroin'':
--> "He wants nothing less, [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments but to wear a little dress]]."dress."
* CryForTheDevil: In ''A.D.D.'':
--> ''We offer prayers for your long lost soul.''
18th Dec '15 4:02:01 PM electricbees
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* ForTheEvulz / RockMeAsmodeus: ''Strongly'' averted, to the point of it being [[InvertedTrope inverted]]: many of their lyrics have themes of morality, faith, hope and peace, which is a stark contrast to many of the stereotypes surrounding the [[HeavyMetal metal]] genre.
-->'' "We offer prayers for your long lost soul." ''
18th Dec '15 12:40:24 PM electricbees
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* ForTheEvulz / RockMeAsmodeus: ''Strongly'' averted, to the point of it being [[InvertedTrope inverted]]: many of their lyrics have themes of morality, faith, hope and peace, which is a stark contrast to many of the stereotypes surrounding the [[HeavyMetal metal]] genre.
-->'' "We offer prayers for your long lost soul." ''


Added DiffLines:

** In fact, to people who associate the sound of metal with [[BlackMetal dark, nihilistic lyrics about mass murderers and]] [[RockMeAsmodeus Satan,]] the band's entire output could qualify, as they show a good deal of moral consciousness in their lyrics, especially in their addressing of political issues and tragic world events:
This list shows the last 10 events of 123. Show all.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/article_history.php?article=Music.SystemOfADown