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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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CA20 System of a Down – Toxicity (Part 2)

In the second part of our 2 part look at nu-metal megastars System Of A Down we concentrate on their breakthrough second album, and legitimate and time genre classic, Toxicity. We start by looking at what had happened in the scene during SOAD’s absence, the pop-punk and nu-metal boom now at its absolute commercial peak, and how System were seen as yesterday’s men before their glorious return. We speak about the recording of the record, how 30 plus songs needed to be trimmed down to fit one singular album, and the release and incredible success the band achieved. Success that gave them their first number one album, on the week of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on America, and turned them from cult metal band into festival headlining superstars. We close up by looking at the band’s legacy, where they went from here, and just how unlikely it was that System Of A Down became one of the biggest band of their generation without compromising their sound at all. 

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119 – AC/DC, Jesu, King 810 and Shackles

Biden’s president, we have a vaccine and Steve’s an uncle … but even more important than all of that, System of a Down have released their first new songs in 15 years. Remfry and Uncle Steve assess these 2 new tracks as well as new releases by AC/DC, Jesu, King 810 and Shackles. 

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90 – A Brass Rubbing of Oasis

Another week, another episode of friction and tension between the boys Riot Act, as Remfry and Steve review new releases by Trivium, Elephant Tree, Elder and Katatonia, as well as throwing in a review of Fiona Apple’s ‘Fetch the Bolt Cutters’ an album that, since its release last week has garnered such strong critical praise, it seemed remiss not to cover it in some fashion on the show. Elsewhere, there’s an insight into John Dolmayan’s opinion on whether we’ll ever get new System of a Down material (don’t get your hopes up) and our Broken Record this week is Famous First Words, the 2011 debut album from insipid indie stardom-seekers Viva Brother

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61 – Hip Hopera

The Download announcement has got Steve and Remfry into a right tizzy, especially considering that Steve recently attended the Mercury Music Prize, an historically mocked (on this podcast at least) awards ceremony that’s giving far more exciting bands and artists a platform than Download seem to be managing at the moment. Steve and Remfry discuss (well …. Steve mainly rants, Remfry mainly listens). 

Ironically, it comes at a time when there is plenty of extremely exciting rock and metal bands making music, as is demonstrated in this week’s album reviews with new releases by Car Bomb, .gif from God and Nervus. The boys also cast their beady critical eye over new albums by 65DaysofStatic and Oddarrang and trade-off comes courtesy of mewithoutYou and Plan B. 

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