System Of A Down reveal recording 'Toxicity' sent two band members to the hospital

'How do you own disorder?'
Serj Tankian and Daron Malakian of System of a Down
Serj Tankian and Daron Malakian of System of a Down Photo credit Getty Images
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DISORDER... in this case, obviously refers to the wild studio fights between, well, pretty much all of the System Of A Down members during the recording of their iconic, 2001 release, Toxicity, produced by the famed Rick Rubin, as well as band members Daron Malakian and Serj Tankian.

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Speaking about the 20th anniversary of the band's most well-received release with Metal Hammer magazine in the latest issue, each of the members had their own interesting stories about the passion they had for the project at the time, and how sometimes that passion led to blows, hospital visits, and even the imminent implosion of the band.

“It felt like we were ready to take on the world,” guitarist Daron Malakian remembers -- And take on each other, too. While no one could remember the exact reason why drummer John Dolmayan punched Daron in the face, they did recall Daron responding by slamming a microphone stand over John’s head. That's passion, people.

“Shavo [Odadjian] and Serj [Tankian] were looking at us saying, ‘Aww man, we’re done’,” Daron added. “But right after we fought, we took each other to the hospital and got stitched up right next to each other. Both of us were sitting there laughing, saying, ‘This is one of the coolest moments in the history of our band’.”

Back in April, singer Serj Tankian and producer Rick Rubin were speaking about Toxicity on the Broken Record Podcast, where they revealed another battle between band members which almost led to their break up. Apparently, no one was happy with Serj's "pull the tapeworm out of my a**" lyric from the album's second track, "Needles."

“Originally, the chorus was ‘pull the tapeworm out of my a**,'” Serj explained. “Daron and Shavo didn’t like 'my a**,' they were like, 'No, no, no, that doesn’t sound cool, that sounds bad, that sounds vulnerable,' or whatever it was. Whatever word you want to use as an adjective. I’m like, 'What I’m trying to say is philosophical. Take this negativity out of me.'”

Rubin added, “I felt like, it seemed like, the band could have broke up over the lyric.”

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