System Of A Down
Band Photo: System Of A Down (?)
From: Los Angeles, CA, United States
Last Known Status: Active
This Los Angeles, California, USA-based alternative metal band comprises three members of Armenian heritage, Serj Tankian (vocals), Daron Malakian (guitar) and Shavo Odadjian (bass), and John Dolmayan (drums). Tankian, Malakian and Odadjian first played together in 1993 as Soil, renaming themselves System Of A Down, from a poem by Malakian, in 1995. Recruiting drummer Dolmayan they built up a following on the southern California circuit with their explosive live act.
System was signed in 1997 and quickly released their self titled debut in 1998. They were taking metal to a political level with such titles as "P.L.U.C.K." ("Politically, Lying, Unholy, Cowardly Killers") and live favorite "War?." Their next release (Toxicity) went certified Platinum and took the band to yet another level.
System have left an impression on metal, being compared to the likes of Korn and The Deftones. Here is a quote out of Towe Pulse Mag.: "The band's songs are fueled with rebellion and protest. And its diverse music which blends metal, rap, hardcore, jazz and Middle-Eastern melodies expresses the need to stir up the great American melting pot and unite against prejudice and injustice."
Latest System Of A Down News
Below is our complete System Of A Down news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.
Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.
According to a post from Lambgoat, new System Of A Down material is on the way. The band has already been stirring recently, announcing upcoming 2017 live performances at Download in June and Rock Werchter in July, but now it appears an actual album will arrive rather than just reunion shows.
According to Lambogat, System Of A Down drummer John Dolmayan is quoted as saying:
"I want everyone on board and feeling good about it, that's what we're trying to accomplish right now. There's a tremendous amount of pressure on us, though, because it's been 11 years – at least 12 by the time it comes out. Our playing ability is better than it ever has been and we're trying new things. We're not trying to make 'Toxicity' Part II, just because it was by far our biggest album. This needs to be something for a new generation of SOAD fans, so everyone can see we're not resting on our laurels."
As usual, the recently solo-focused Serj isn't quite on the same page as everyone else however, as just this week he said this an interview with LA Weekly:
"We're going to get together and see if that's going to be System music or not. And who the fuck knows? If it is, great, and if it's not, then great."
There appears to be some question as to whether any of this music is actually going to be a SOAD album and when its coming, but for now we at least now songs of some variety are actively being worked on. Stay tuned for more album and tour date info as it becomes available.
The Outaouais Rock team is proud to unveil the complete lineup for the 10th edition of Amnesia Rockfest, which will be held from June 18th to 21st at the Montebello marina in Quebec.
This year's edition will feature over 100 bands, including headliners System Of A Down (assuming you can wash the taste of that godawful "Crazy Train" cover out of your mouth by then...) and Linkin Park.
Other confirmed bands for the highly varied lineup include Bolt Thrower, The Offspring, Slayer, Snoop Dogg, Rob Zombie, Tenacious D, Deftones, Rancid, Flogging Molly, Ministry, and a whole lot more. More...
As announced earlier this month, UDR Music will release a compilation of cover tracks honoring the late, great Randy Rhoads – heralded as the legendary lead guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne and Quiet Riot.
"Immortal Randy Rhoads – The Ultimate Tribute" and accompanying bonus DVD (with digipack edition) will hit stores on March 3rd, 2015.
Today, Rolling Stone is hosting the official worldwide premiere of the first track on "Immortal Randy Rhoads – The Ultimate Tribute" – a blazing cover of the hit Ozzy Osbourne "Blizzard of Ozz" track “Crazy Train.” The track features Serj Tankian, Tom Morello, Rudy Sarzo, and Vinny Appice. Give it a listen below. More...
Last year Shavo Odadjian took to Facebook to express his displeasure about the lack of recording a new album with System Of A Down, and now John Dolmayan has chosen to speak about the situation in a new interview.
Loudwire.com conducted the interview with Dolmayan, who jokes the band is "going to become The Eagles" and not record an album for 15 years. Excerpts from the interview follow.
Loudwire: You seem like the member who is the most gung-ho about making a new System record. Do you feel that’s the case?
I’m not sure if I’m the member who wants it the most. It’s probably true about [me] being the most vocal about wanting it. For me, there’s no ego involved. I don’t write songs, so I’m not worried about who’s going to write the song. I’m just ready. You just give me the canvas so I can paint on it, that’s how I look at it. So it’s easier for me, but look, there’s a lot of emotions involved with being an artist; there’s a lot of emotions involved to being a songwriter; and there’s a lot of fear involved with anything that you haven’t done in a long time. To go in together and work together? We’re different people. 2005 was the last time we were in the studio together. That’s what, nine years ago?
Loudwire: It’s weird to think that.
But it’s true. We’re turning into the fucking Eagles now. 15 years are gonna go by before we make a new album. [Laughs] For me, it’s irritating. But I do the best I can to understand that there’s a lot to be worked through in order to make something great and if it isn’t fantastic, there’s no reason for us to do it.
Read the full article at Loudwire.com.
Project Rogue is a new crowd funding project featuring existing Rogue Records America artists teaming up with 16 cross-genre metal titans to create a new studio and video project.
You can find the perks for donating and make your own contribution to the project at this location. All the Project Rogue artists will collaborate together, and the currently announced lineup is as follows:
Raymond Herrera - Fear Factory/Arkaea
Shavo Odadjian - System Of A Down
Chris Adler - Lamb Of God
Rob Barrett - Cannibal Corpse
John Boecklin - Devildriver
Paul Masvidal - Death/Cynic
David Davidson - Revocation
Sean Reinert - Death/Cynic
Jon Howard - Threat Signal/Arkaea
Mitch Harris - Napalm Death
Jed Simon - Scar The Martyr/Strapping Young Lad
Frank Watkins - Obituary/Gorgoroth
Wayne Static - Static X
Christian Olde Wolbers - Fear Factory/Arkaea
Pat Lachman - Damageplan
Logan Mader - Machine Head/Soulfly
JD Schmidt - Nociceptor
Robert Luciani - Means End
Vincent Zylstra - Synthetic Breed
Andrew Zink - Akeldama
Connor Reibling - Akeldama
System of a Down is the latest band to have new songs featured as downloadable content for Rocksmith. Learn to play "Toxicity," "B.Y.O.B.," and "Aerials" on guitar or bass by downloading them via Xbox LIVE, PlayStation Network, or Steam. The song "Hypnotize" was part of Rocksmith 2014 out of the box.
The full song list for Rocksmith 2014 Edition, which just came out yesterday, has been revealed. Rocksmith lets you plug any electric guitar or bass directly into your Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, or MAC, and teaches you to play while playing the game. Here's the latest video about Rocksmith 2014:
The full song list for Rocksmith 2014 is as follows (with even more available as downloadable content): More...
Serj Tankian, current solo artist and formerly from System of a Down, has been known for his lyrics involving politics and warfare.
Serj has now chimed in on the current situation with Syria - in which the United States is considering missile strikes against the country's government for suspected use of chemical weapons against rebels seeking to overthrow the current regime. Serj posted the following message online via Facebook:
"I'm really concerned about the 'evidence' against the Syrian regime's use of chemical weapons as an excuse for intervention. Remember the 'slam dunk' evidence against Iraq? Why would Assad use chemical weapons when he has the lead and in his own neighborhood? Doesn't make any sense to me. Would it be a far notion to assume that Al Qaeda or Al Nusra Front would do this to get the West involved? This time let the people of the world see the evidence and let the UN General Assembly make the decision of involvement, not a few nations of the Security Council. Just some thoughts."
After that message set off a firestorm of comments, Serj followed up with this statement:
"I really want to thank everyone who has commented on the previous post about the Syrian situation. I've read a lot of your comments and have found them illuminating. Ultimately, along with the use of chemical weapons and their horrific severity, the civil war in Syria has cost 100k lives with millions more displaced. If we really want to help, instead of conducting limited air strikes, which will not change the balance of power in Syria, we should propose an international, multilateral, UN peace-keeping force to end the civil war there and create an immediate cease fire that can lead to negotiations between the gov't and the rebels. I think the Russians and Chinese will oblige and join the effort especially given the alternative of air strikes. More...
My personal confessions are less about what I enjoy that would shred my credibility through a wood chipper and more about which bands I used to despise that I'd never talk shit about today. Namely, I used to really hate System of a Down, Iron Maiden, Behemoth and Chimaira. After only hearing a handful of songs from each, I decided that all were overrated before actually giving their discography a real chance.
Holy shit did I regret that later on after listening to Chimaira's self-titled album, Iron Maiden's “Powerslave”, “Zos Kia Cultus,” and the entirety of “Toxicity” (although I still maintain that “Chop Suey” has always been overrated and overplayed and I'm not a fan of the title track on “Resurrection”).
It's hard to look at yourself after talking shit about music that you were completely ignorant about. Eventually, I moved on to "Seventh Son of a Seventh Son,” “Resurrection,” and “Steal This Album” and realized that I was talking out my ass and sounded like one of those guys who calls eurodance “techno” but has never listened to speedcore or confuses hip-hop with R&B. More...
Sweden's Civil War, who just issued the debut full length LP "The Killer Angels" (see review at this location), have been added to the lineup for the Getaway Rock Festival, to be held on August 8-10, 2013 in Gasklockorna, Gavle Sweden. The festival includes appearances from over 60 bands, including System of a Down, In Flames, Deep Purple and Lamb Of God.
The band made the announcement: "We are very happy to announce that we will do a show in Gävle and Getaway Rock Festival on August 10. This year’s line-up includes System Of A Down, Deep Purple, In Flames, Testament, Gojira among others. Furthermore, we want to send out a huge thank you to all of you who supported us with getting our album. We are overwhelmed with the reception you’ve given it, we salute YOU!"
After the Facebook debacle when Shavo Odadjian called out Serj Tankian for slowing down the process of a new System of a Down release, Tankian himself has now conducted an interview with Artist Direct to discuss the situation. Excerpts from the interview follow:
AD: What does System of a Down mean to you in 2013?
First and foremost, they're my partners and friends I've created this music and career with over these years. I'm still very thankful. To me, it's what I've done. It's where I've come in. It's something I enjoy doing. We started touring again three years ago for good purpose. I think we missed being a part of that together. Of course, we have a lot of fans and people interested in getting a record sooner rather than later. Things take time though. Everyone has a life and has to have the right frame of mind to make a record at the same time. Jazz-iz Christ and Orca will be my fifth and sixth solo records in seven years. I've been touring with System, The FCC, and orchestras around the world. I haven't stopped. There hasn't been much time-off. I want to make sure I have time for myself and my family. Only the four of us can decide what System means. I know the fans agree that's what System is, and that's amazing.
AD: You have to do it at the right moment. More...
Read the full article at Artist Direct.
A series of posts appeared earlier today on Shavo Odadjian's Facebook profile calling out Serj Tankian for slowing down the process of a new System of a Down album.
System of a Down has now issued the following statement about the situation:
"Earlier today, Shavo posted a few statements on his personal Facebook page that do not reflect the sentiments of System Of A Down as a collective band. These were misleading statements that were made during a temporary state of bad judgment on his part alone.
"To be clear, the full band lineup of Serj, Daron, Shavo and John will be performing all scheduled tour dates. With respect to new SOAD music, although we have not agreed on a timetable for a new album, we all believe that having the four of us do it together is the way to be true to the band and our fans."
The original string of comments on Shavo's page follow:
ok..... Ill come clean.. Its not us(meaning Daron,John Or Shavo!! Its Sej, who doesn' want to do a new album!!!! so please stop harassing us about it!!! We are just waiting for SERJ! Now He might hate me for exposing the truth but i Had too.. Sorry folks!!! we're trying to get a new album out, its just not passing Serj's RULES! . Kinda funny, since we started the band and now he's holding us back!! I think we should should release another album again??? As for me.. I'm ready to release one with someone who wants to be the singer of SYSTEM. not soeome we have to beg to be a part of SYSTEM!! So with that in mind, what do you guys w should do? Just remember, Hes been holding us back for 7 years so far.. wanna wait another $-5 years? or shall we release a record without Serj? u tell us?????More...
Rock legend George Lynch and Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker Mark McLaughlin have been working on a great documentary that is nearing completion. But they need your help, via their indiegogo page. "Shadowtrain: Under a Crooked Sky" will illuminate the cost of the destruction of the Native American community; to both the indigenous population as well as to their European conquerors.
The documentary will reveal the qualities inherent in indigenous people’s world views that should be recognized and adopted if we all, collectively, intend to not only survive, but to find a way to live happier, more meaningful lives. While engaging a wide variety of opinions from notable activists, authors, artists, elders and shaman, politicians and government officials, clergy, teachers and everyday people, the film will reveal its message through a powerful music-driven road trip.
The journey begins as renowned guitarist George Lynch (Dokken, Lynch Mob), drummer, artist and activist Vinnie Nicastro and a musical band of politically engaged musicians climb into an old station wagon in the southwest desert. They pull a vintage horse trailer, retro-fitted to carry band equipment, solar panels, generators and camping gear.
They travel the back roads, searching for a truth that can speak to power. They visit the Apache, Navajo and Hopi reservations in Arizona, Zuni and Tewa in New Mexico, Shoshone in Nevada, Utes in Utah and Colorado and then on to the Dakotas to visit the people and places that were (and still are) the epicenter of conflict between the native peoples and their European conquerors.
The film is set to feature interviews with Ted Nugent, System Of A Down singer Serj Tankian, Native American Poet and AIM spokesperson John Trudell, Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello, Philospher and Activist Noam Chomsky and many others. Watch the trailer below.
Born of Osiris has posted a lyric video online for the band's cover of "Science," originally taken from System of a Down's "Toxicity" album. Check out the song in the video clip available below.
You can also catch Born of Osiris live on this year's edition of the Van's Warped tour. Full details on the tour are available at this location.
Serj Tankian has revealed the cover art for his new album, "Harakiri," which comes out July 10th. The artwork can be viewed after the jump. Serj Tankian has also now released a lyric video for new single "Figure It Out," available below.
"Harakiri" is now available for pre-order at Serj's webstore. Fans can advance order the album or pick up a limited edition "Harakiri" album bundle which includes a 18' x 24' lithograph poster, download of two bonus tracks (to be delivered on 7/10) and a CD. Both pre-orders come with an instant download of the new single, "Figure It Out." $2 from the sale of each pre-order will be donated to a non-profit organization to fight global hunger.
Last week, it was announced that Serj and the rest of his bandmates in System of a Down will be performing a handful of dates in August. Dates are as follows:
08/02 Philadelphia, PA - Susquehanna Bank Center
08/04 Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center
08/05 Wantagh, NY - Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
08/07 Washington, DC - Verizon Center Arena
08/09 Boston, MA - Comcast Center
08/11 Montreal, QC - Heavy Metal Festival Parterre @ Parc Jean Drapeau
08/12 Toronto, ON - Heavy Metal Festival Downsview Park
08/14 Detroit, MI - DTE Energy Amphitheater
08/15 Chicago, IL - Allstate Arena More...
The organizers of the Heavy MTL festival have now announced the lineup for the 2012 edition, which will take place on August 11th and 12th in Montreal. Further details on the festival are available here, and the currently announced lineup is as follows:
Saturday August 11th
SYSTEM OF A DOWN
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH
BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME
JOB FOR A COWBOY
VEIL OF MAYA
Although it wasn't expected until December, the organizers of Australia's Soundwave Festival have made their second band announcement. Joining the 60 bands already announced are Staind, Wednesday 13, Unearth, Cathedral, Shadows Fall, Heaven Shall Burn, Your Demise, Kittie, and 14 other (mostly non-metal) bands.
Hole has pulled out of the festival after frontwoman Courtney Love refused to play before Limp Bizkit. Soundwave boss AJ Maddah said on Twitter that he was "relieved we got the moody old cow off the bill. [There’s] no point talking her back, only for her to cancel later, or turn up & act like a rotten twat to other artists, fans, etc."
A third announcement in early December will add another five bands to the lineup, and Danzig is one of the confirmed possibilities. More...
Organizers of the Australian Soundwave Festival have made the first official lineup announcement. Joining the reformed Coal Chamber as previously reported will be headline acts System Of A Down, Slipknot, Limp Bizkit, Marilyn Manson, Machine Head, Lamb Of God and Trivium as well as 53 other bands.
Bands of particular interest to metal fans include Devin Townsend Project, Dillinger Escape Plan, Black Label Society, Mastodon, Steel Panther, Meshuggah, Hatebreed, Biohazard, Dragonforce, Gojira, Kvelertak, Hellyeah, Chimaira, Watain, and Turisas.
A second announcement for the series of one day festivals is reportedly coming in December, with 88 bands expected to be included in the final billing. More...
High quality DVD style footage of System of a Down's June 5, 2011 performance at the Rock Am Ring festival in Nurburg, Germany has been made available for streaming, courtesy of Zildjian. You can view the concert spread across three parts in the players below.
Bootleg video footage has been posted online from System of a Down's first show in its ongoing reunion tour. You can view the band's setlist for the North American leg of its reunion tour at this location while checking out the band's performance of the song "Toxicity" in the player provided.