The fact that System of a Down even came into existence almost feels like a happy accident. It’s not every day that you find a band that’s able to blend humor, political anger, and pure heartfelt music all under one roof, and there’s probably never going to be another band in metal that’s able to do that as effectively.
You can’t get to the top without making at least a few enemies, though, and apparently System has had some naysayers from half a world away throughout their illustrious career.
Perhaps one of their weirdest critics over the years is Noel Gallagher of Oasis fame, who thinks System is of the worst bands that he’s ever heard.
As Far Out Magazine recently unearthed, Noel bashed the band in the early 2000’s to radio station KROQ. When speaking about the state of music today, Noel had said “Do you ever look at the sky and think, I’m glad I’m alive?
After I heard System of a Down, I thought, I’m actually alive to hear the shittiest band of all time.
Which is quite something when you think about it. Of all the bands that have gone before and all the bands that’ll be in the future, I was around when the worst was around.”
Then again, this type of sentiment is nothing new for the likes of Noel Gallagher. Even though Lars Ulrich of Metallica is very vocally one of the biggest Oasis fans in the world, Noel has always not had that many kind words for heavy metal, saying that all they sing about is turmoil all the time and insinuating that all heavy metal bands do is try to harm themselves day in and day out.
Specifically, Gallagher said: “Heavy metal. Fucking hell. Goth music. There’s a reason why they slit their wrists, really. All that fucking nihilism, I don’t listen to that.”
While Noel and his brother Liam have famously disagreed with each other now for decades, the two brothers seem to have one thing in common- they both seem to abhor nu metal bands.
Oasis superfan Fred Durst recently posted a hilarious screenshot proving that he’s been DM’ing Liam Gallagher for years to no avail.
Even if SOAD isn’t really to Noel’s taste though, you can’t argue with the ground they’ve covered, coming out around the same time as Oasis did and putting together songs that were both funny (“Sugar”), political (“Toxicity”), and sometimes both at the exact same time (“U-Fig”).
System may not have retaliated to these comments, but it doesn’t look like we’ll see Noel Gallagher’s heavy metal outfit tearing it up any time soon either.