Re: Jon Dolmayan
Personally, I lost interest in System of a Down when they released "Mesmerize" and "Hypnotize." They really had the metal sound going for them in the self-titled debut. I enjoyed the anger on that album. "Toxicity" was a more mature album, but still had that metal sound to it.
Despite my lost interest in SOAD, I thoroughly enjoy Mr. Dolmayan's drumming. Being Armenian like he is, I see where he gets some of his licks from. He is influenced by Armenian and Middle Eastern music, and the smooth way in which he incorporates those influences is extremely impressive. Solid. Just solid.