System of a Down - B.Y.O.B (Song)
System of a Down was one of the first metal bands that I started listening to and B.Y.O.B was the first song I heard from the Armenian American metal band. Mezmerize is SOAD’s fourth album and was released in 2005. B.Y.O.B was released as a single in March, 2005, and was nominated for “Best Single” at the Kerrang! Awards. The song was also SOAD’s only “Top-40” single, peaking at #27 on the Billboard Hot 100. SOAD consists of Serj Tankian (Vocals), Daron Malakian (Guitar, vocals), Shavo Odadjian (Bass, backing vocals) and John Dolmayan (Drums). This has been the lineup since 1997 and their first album, the self-titled System of a Down.
The Song: B.Y.O.B is a classic SOAD song and possibly their most famous song. The song is pretty much a protest song against the Iraq war, which you can see in the music video. The song has great energy, a typical SOAD breakdown in the middle of it and Serj Tankian on the vocals. What more can you ask for in a SOAD song?! I saw them at Metaltown 2011 and it’s definitely in my top-5 of amazing gigs. This track is even better live than on album, simply amazing. SOAD is a band that really has its own sound, you can’t really compare them to anything… it’s System of a Down-ish! They’ll be playing at Getaway Rock Festival (http://www.getawayrock.se) in Gävle, Sweden (8-10th of August). If you have the chance, go!
This weekend I’ll be doing a Max Cavalera special. I’ll be writing about Sepultura, Nailbomb, Soulfly and Cavalera Conspiracy!