Lying in the grass at an expansive outdoor amphitheater recently, John Dolmayan had a unique experience: He watched the world change. "I was sitting way up in the cheap seats," says the drummer of System of a Down, the latest politically charged outfit hailing from Los Angeles. "The sun was setting, and it was then that I saw heaven and earth melt into one." That this moment occurred during a portion of Tool's set at OzzFest -- a raucous tour that System of a Down took part in last year -- might seem odd to some. Coming from a member of a band with a tendency toward paradox, though, it makes perfect sense. To hear Dolmayan speak is not unlike talking with an Allen Ginsberg wannabe in the lotus position, but reading his band's lyrics is like thumbing through a pamphlet on... More >>>
They all wanna change the world: (from left) John Dolmayan, Shavo Odadjian, Serj Tankian and Daron Malakian are System of a Down.