System of a Down (album)
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|System of a Down|
|Studio album by System of a Down|
|Released||June 30, 1998|
|Recorded||November 1997– February–March 1998
Van Nuys, CA
Akademie Mathematique of Philosophical Sound Research
|System of a Down chronology|
|Singles from System of a Down|
System of a Down is the debut album by Armenian American rock band System of a Down, released in 1998. The album was certified gold by the RIAA on February 2, 2000. Two years later, after the success of Toxicity, it was certified platinum.
The cover artwork is from an anti-fascist, World War II-era poster designed by the artist John Heartfield for the Communist Party of Germany, which was contemporary with and directly against the Third Reich. The text on the original poster is: "5 fingers has a hand! With these 5 grab the enemy!" This slogan inspired part of the text contained on the back of the System of a Down album: "The hand has five fingers, capable and powerful, with the ability to destroy as well as create". Later, it is written in bold letters: "Open your eyes, open your mouths, close your hands and make a fist". (used later by Serj Tankian in the song "Uneducated Democracy") The same imagery of 5 fingers has a hand, can be seen in the David Lynch directed movie Dune although whether the same literal objectification can made is uncertain.
Q magazine (10/01, p. 152) - 4 stars out of 5 - "This remains an excellent starting point for this most curious band".
The album is featured in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.
|1.||"Suite-Pee"||Serj Tankian||Daron Malakian||2:31|
|2.||"Know"||Tankian||Shavo Odadjian, Malakian, Tankian||2:56|
|9.||"Mind"||Tankian||Odadjian, Malakian, Tankian||6:16|
|13.||"P.L.U.C.K." (Politically Lying, Unholy, Cowardly Killers)||Tankian||Malakian||3:38|
|Limited Edition bonus CD|
|1.||"Sugar" (Live)||Tankian||Odadjian, Malakian||2:27|
|4.||"Know" (Live)||Tankian||Odadjian, Malakian, Tankian||3:04|
- System of a Down
- Serj Tankian – vocals, keyboards, samples
- Daron Malakian – guitars, vocals
- Shavo Odadjian – bass, backing vocals
- John Dolmayan – drums
- Produced by Rick Rubin with System of a Down
- Mixed by D. Sardy
- Engineered by Sylvia Massy
- Engineer/Assistant Engineer: Greg Fidelman
- Additional Recording/Finishing Touches: D. Sardy
- Assistant Engineers: Sam Storey, Nick Raskulinecz
- Assistant Mixdown Engineers: James Saez, Greg Gordon, Andy Haller
- Second Assistant Mixdown Engineer: Bryan Davis
- Extra Piano by Rick Rubin
- Photography: Anthony Artiaga
- Cover Art: John Heartfield
- Art Direction: Frank Harkins & System of a Down
- A&R Direction: Dino Paredes, Sam Wick
- Management: Velvet Hammer Management, David Benveniste
- Recorded at Sound City, Van Nuys, CA
- Vocals and Additional Recordings at Akademie Mathematique of Philosophical Sound Research, Hollywood, CA
- Mixed at Record Plant Studios, Hollywood, CA & Hollywood Sound, CA
- Mastered by Vlado Meller at Sony Studios, New York, NY
Before some of the lyrics in the booklet for the album, footnotes appear.
- "Spiders" :
"Your thoughts, and dreams are no longer sacred, as they are exposed to a
weapon known as remote viewing and monitoring."
- "DDevil" :
"For those that control the central nervous system,
control society, and the world."
- "War?" :
"We first fought the heathens in the name of religion, then Communism, and now in
the name of drugs and terrorism. Our excuses for global domination always change."
- "Mind" :
- "Peephole" :
"The February 18 edition of Britain's NEW SCIENTIST Magazine reports that the
Geneva-based World Health Organization suppressed, under political pressure,
a report which confirmed that marijuana is safer than either alcohol or tobacco."
- "Darts" :
"Why do old societies hold the pantheon of 12 gods to be true,
while modern societies generally have one God?"
- "P.L.U.C.K." :
"System of a Down would like to dedicate this song to the memory of the 1.5
million victims of the Armenian Genocide, perpetrated by the Turkish
Government in 1915."
In the booklet, underneath the band member's photos, the text reads in all capitals: "Announce your anthems on the ceiling. We dance, annexed by power. Casual neckties embrace, the hungry hunger further, images rule through the media, commercial Orwellianism, producing unveiled icebergs, running transparent electrical cables, curving string ensembles, witnessed by hangings from flagpoles of souls avenged by Dr. Clock. Fresh paint, naked melting figures mixing the revolution against T.V. sentencing, at the hands of brutal men and their military business world. Let us instigate the revolt, down with the system!" This message was also found in some of the Toxicity booklets.
Charts and certifications
Sales and certifications
- Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. System of a Down review. Allmusic.com. Retrieved on 2010-11-21.
- DeRogatis, Jim (September 14, 2001). "They're an Armenian band". The Chicago Tribune. Retrieved April 4, 2009.
- Q (10/01, p.152) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...This remains an excellent starting point for this most curious and underrated of bands..."
- Hanson, John. "Review System of a Down". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 11 February 2011.
- "Brazilian album certifications – System of a Down – System of a Down" (in Portuguese). Associação Brasileira dos Produtores de Discos.
- "Canadian album certifications – System of a Down – System of a Down". Music Canada.
- "American album certifications – System of a Down – System of a Down". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
- "Sugar" Live Performance Video on YouTube
- "War?" Live Performance Video on YouTube
- "Spiders" Live Performance Video on YouTube