November has turned into a milestone month for System Of A Down. After recently releasing two singles, “Protect The Land” and “Genocidal Humanoidz”—the band’s first new music in 15 years—System Of A Down smashed through an internet milestone, surpassing one billion views on YouTube with their “Chop Suey!” music video.
“Chop Suey!”, the band’s lead single off their 2001 album, Toxicity, propelled them from nu-metal favorites to mainstream recognition. Perhaps it was the quirkiness of “Chop Suey!” that appealed to listeners, or maybe the band’s ability to weave deeply philosophical and abstract concepts into their shocking delivery. Within this one song alone, System of a Down jumps back and forth between heavily-distorted, energy-releasing breakdowns and far-reaching vocal harmonies over more melodic progressions. The vocal harmonies by lead singer Serj Tankian and Daron Malakian, along with the repeated bursts of energy, seemed to have defined the song and band throughout their career.
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Directed by Marcos Siega, the music video sees all four band members performing to a crowd in a parking lot with a green screen effect at several points, making it look like they are walking through each other. While the band officially released “Chop Suey!” back in 2001, it didn’t hit YouTube until October 3rd, 2009, one day after uploading the Toxicity title track. The song’s wide appeal is evidenced clearly with YouTube views alone. As of November 28th, “Chop Suey!” has 1.05 billion views, while their second most popular video, “Toxicity”, has racked up 491.9 million views.
Watch the video for System of a Down’s “Chop Suey!” below and help it reach the two-billion milestone. Furthermore, head to the band’s website for the latest information regarding future releases.
System of a Down – “Chop Suey!”
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