Classic Albums

CA20 System of a Down – Self-Titled (Part 1)


It’s another double Classic Album Series podcast, and this week we go in on one of the weirdest multi-platinum selling bands in history; Armenian/American metal oddities System Of A Down. In part one we look at the band’s self-titled debut album from 1998. Starting with the formation of the band, and their various and wide ranging musical inspirations, we look at the nascent nu-metal scene that was building in LA around the time, their relationship with super producer Rick Rubin and the impact the band made when the record was released. Steve talks about his various experiences seeing the band around the time, and we touch on what happened in the scene when they vanished completely for 18 months after the record, which sets us up nicely for part 2!

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