Last Friday, System of a Down returned to Toronto for the the first time since the summer of 2012 to rock the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, as a part of the Wake Up the Souls Tour. The SOAD faithful came out in full-force to see the band that has given us such favourites as ‘Chop Suey’, ‘B.Y.O.B.’ and ‘Hypnotize’.
As the band kicked off the show with ‘Deer Dance’, from their sophomore album Toxicity, the nearly sold-out crowd was brought to its feet, never to return to their seats again. The set was a mix of old classics, such as ‘Aerials’ and ‘Toxicity’, and new favourites from their latest albums, Mesmerize and Hypnotize. The audience was fully involved from start to finish, letting their voices be heard throughout the show.
The night was a constant competition between the band and the audience to see who was having more fun. Lead singer, Serj Tankian, and guitarist/vocalist, Daron Malakian, impressed the audience with their strong vocal performances, and candid stage banter. The audience, in turn, lifted their voices high, and sung along to almost every tune. ‘Almost’ being the keyword, as System of a Down debuted a new song that has yet to be released. Could this mean that a SOAD album, the first in almost a decade, is on the horizon?
If you were to ask any System of a Down fan how their experience was on that warm, almost-summer evening, they would probably say: “Everybody went to the party, and had a real good time!”