System of a Down

System of a Down is the debut album by American alternative metal band System of a Down, first 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 in the original poster is: “5 fingers has a hand! With these 5 grab the enemy!” This slogan inspired part of the text contained in 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”.
Studio album by System of a Down
Released June 30, 1998
Recorded November 1997–March 1998
Sound City
Van Nuys, CA
Akademie Mathematique of Philosophical Sound Research
Hollywood, CA
Genre Alternative metal, heavy metal, art rock
Length 40:41
Label American
Producer Rick Rubin, System of a Down

  • Sugar
  • Darts
  • Know
  • Mind
  • P.L.U.C.K
  • Peehole
  • Soil
  • Spider
  • Suggestions
  • Suite-Pee
  • War
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