System Of A Down, Armenia's Favorite Sons, On Facing History

April 19, 2015 9:18 PM

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Here's a quotation about prison overcrowding: "All research and successful drug policies show that treatment should be increased and law enforcement decreased, while abolishing mandatory minimum sentences." That's not from some stodgy think tank. That's metal.

Those lyrics from "Prison Song" foreshadow a politically active future for System of a Down, the progressive metal band that broke out big with its 2001 sophomore album, Toxicity. The four Armenian-Americans from Los Angeles established a massive presence in modern rock over the first half of the 20...

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