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Re: System Of A Down This band didn't consider themselves Metal until the media labeled them as such. They're just modern rock. Yet another band I'll forever scratch my head at wondering how they got popular.

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This band didn't consider themselves Metal until the media labeled them as such. They're just modern rock. Yet another band I'll forever scratch my head at wondering how they got popular.
Agree about the Nu Metal tag, as they are quite unique and not metal in the true sense of the word. I found their material to be a refreshing change , punchy, catchy and rocky enough for my taste. However I still prefer traditional Metal over these guys!

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Re: System Of A Down Their first album was pretty much metal, most of the songs actually had screaming in them. But as they progressed, they kept getting less and less heavy. I'd really say it depends on the song for whether or not its metal. I do really like some of their music, but they're by no means one of my favorite bands.

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Re: System Of A Down "Heaviness" and screaming doesn't equate to metalness, it's about how your songs are written. A band like As I Lay Dying might sound "heavier" than Black Sabbath when using the modern definition of that word, but Black Sabbath is the only one of the two that is a metal band.

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Re: System Of A Down I can think of many bands that use a great deal of distortion, yet aren't heavy, whereas bands like Black Sabbath, Candlemass, and Pentagram could be much heavier than many modern bands with far less distortion, because heaviness is about the power of your riffs, songwriting, and atmosphere, and not the crunch on your guitar.

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Re: System Of A Down There really isn't a litmus test for what is or is not metal, but my comment was based on a common misconception that guitar distortion = metal. Any band, be they pop/punk, industrial rock, or hippie jam band, can use guitar distortion, but that doesn't make them metal. The same can be said for screaming vocals, as even some techno acts use screaming vocals, but are quite far from metal.

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Re: System Of A Down I was surprised to see them gain so much mainstream popularity, as weird as their sound was. I admired the fact that they didn't sound like anyone else and weren't afraid to get creative. Far superior to all those dreadful nu-metuhl bandz they got lumped in with.

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Re: System Of A Down better then them yes but it isn't hard to be better then korn, that doesn't change the fact that system of a down are not a particularly good band in my opinion, sure they have a unique sound but they still bore the crap out of me with their songs and I doubt I'm the only one

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I was surprised to see them gain so much mainstream popularity' date=' as weird as their sound was. I admired the fact that they didn't sound like anyone else and weren't afraid to get creative. Far superior to all those dreadful nu-metuhl bandz they got lumped in with.[/quote'] They're definitely more original than Korn, but I find their particular sound and (especially) the vocals to be supremely annoying. The music is spazzy, directionless, and sounds like it was written by Armenian Korn fans with ADHD.

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Re: System Of A Down Actually, I don't want to give Korn too much credit, but they are highly original as well. No one sounded like them when they came out. They may have spawned a lot of soundalikes, but they were the originators of that sound, whatever the fuck it is. Of course, that doesn't make it any good.

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Re: System Of A Down Korn is less immediately offensive than some metalcore and most deathcore, but I still can't stand it. Also, I would argue that Deftones first album sounded similar to Korn's debut from right around the same time. I don't like Deftones, but I can stand to listen to them for longer than Korn.

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I used to listen to bands like Deftones, Korn, System of a Down much more when I was younger. Nowadays their music isn't so appealing. Always felt like there's something lacking. Forgettable. System of a Down were a better fit for the group of musicians it contained. Serj's voice has begun to be quite irritating in his solo material, whereas there's more of a solid connection when singing with System. The other day, after not listening to them in such a long time, I just wanted to listen to their up front style tunes like Chic n' Stu and I thought it was brilliant. Heavy, catchy, aggressive. That's what I like about them, though not a band that I want to listen to often.

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