System Of A Down: “Arto” from Toxicity

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System Of A Down: Toxicity

About “Arto”

“Arto” is a hidden song by System Of A Down from their album Toxicity.

An adaptation of the Armenian traditional church hymn “Der Voghormia” (“Lord Have Mercy”). The song features and is named after Armenian instrumentalist Arto Tunçboyaciyan, a friend and fellow musician (and future collaborator) of lead singer Serj Tankian.

About Toxicity

Toxicity is the second studio album by Armenian-American heavy metal band System of a Down, released in 2001. This album is a landmark in the nu-metal and alternative metal genres, known for its genre-blending experimentation and thought-provoking lyrics.

“Toxicity,” the title track, and singles like “Chop Suey!” became instant classics, showcasing the band’s ability to combine aggressive guitar riffs with unconventional song structures. The album also delves into themes of politics, war, and societal issues.

Critically acclaimed and commercially successful, Toxicity solidified System of a Down’s position in the music world. It remains a fan favorite and a defining album of the early 2000s alternative metal scene, known for its boldness and musical complexity.

How to find “Arto”

On CD: Begins at 3:58 of track #14 (“Arials”)

Listen to “Arto”

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