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System Of A Down

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Formed: 1995
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."

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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.

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SOAD Weather A Storm And Play Festimad in Madrid

According to Australia's Undercover News, SYSTEM OF A DOWN went ahead with their headline performance at Festimad in Madrid, Spain on Saturday night (May 28) despite Mother Nature intervening.

Hours before the performance, 60mph winds blew through the area and literally blew the canvas and metal roof right off the outdoor stage.

The promoters managed to remove the roof and take it away safely and decided to cancel the remainder of the show.

However, the crowd had other plans.

Chants from the 30,000 strong crowd bellowed "We want SYSTEM to play...we want SYSTEM to play" over and over.

Despite the winds, and the show being somewhat delayed, SYSTEM OF A DOWN took to the stage at around 3:45 and played through until 5:00.

Regardless of what Mother Nature dished up, no-one left. The 30,000 fans stayed until SOAD finished their performance.

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System of a Down Debuts At #1 On Billboard Charts

System of a Down's fourth album, "Mezmerize" (American Recordings/Columbia Records), enters the Billboard/SoundScan chart in the Number One position, as did their CD "Toxicity" when it was released in September, 2001. Since the release of "Mezmerize" last Tuesday, May 17, the CD has scanned an astounding 453,000 copies domestically. "Mezmerize" is the first disc in a 2-disc set with disc two, "Hypnotize," expected out late this fall. "Mezmerize/Hypnotize" was produced by Rick Rubin and System's Daron Malakian.

"Mezmerize" also came in at #1 on numerous music charts around the world including those in Germany, Canada, Austria, France, Sweden, Japan, Switzerland, Colombia, Greece, Brazil, and New Zealand, bringing the first week's worldwide sales in excess of 800,000 copies.

System of a Down kicks off a 23-date tour of Europe this Friday, May 27 that will include appearances at major rock festivals in Spain, Portugal, Germany, Austria, Sweden, Belgium, and Switzerland, as well as a three-night headline stand at London's Brixton Academy. System of a Down will headline a major North American arena tour (with The Mars Volta as special guest) beginning early August. Dates will be announced shortly.

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SOAD Sell 465,000 Copies Of Album In First Week

SYSTEM OF A DOWN has enterted the Billboard Charts at the coveted position of #1 after selling over 465,000 albums of "Mesmerize" in their first week.

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Axis of Justice Relaunches Website

Axis of Justice, the non-profit, grassroots, pro-social justice organization formed by Tom Morello (Audioslave) and Serj Tankian (System of a Down), has redesigned and launched its new website - http://axisofjustice.org.

The relaunched site offers practical information to further AOJ's mission - bringing together musicians, fans of music, and grass roots political organizations to fight for social justice. Among the site's redesigned features are regularly updated links to Breaking News stories from around the world that deal with social justice; recommendations of books, films and other media that focus on activism; and most important, a list of activist and charity organizations in the United States and around the world endorsed by AOJ as a way for anyone to take that first step towards getting involved. The new site also features a Message Board and a Store where Axis of Justice t-shirts, posters, buttons, stickers and the "Axis of Justice: Vol.1" CD/DVD can be purchased. All profits go back into furthering the goals of Axis of Justice.

Tankian and Morello continue their monthly radio program, the "Axis of Justice Radio Network," that combines music, passion, politics and activism. The radio show can be heard on KPFK in Los Angeles, 90.7FM, 98.7 FM in Santa Barbara, online at www.kpfk.org, and on XM Satellite Radio on XM channel 53. Previous Axis radio shows are archived on the relaunched site.

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SOAD Frontman Working With Buckethead

According to RollingStone.com, SYSTEM OF A DOWN frontman Serj Tankian has been working on a CD for Buckethead, the masked, experimental funk guitarist best known for playing in the doomed incarnation of GUNS N' ROSES. Buckethead sent Serj a handful of instrumentals, which Serj has fleshed out with a variety of different vocalists, including the poet Saul Williams and a female neighbor who sings opera. No further information is currently available.

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SoaD Concert Special To Premiere On MTV2

Be sure to catch "System Of A Down Live," a half hour live concert special filmed from the historic Astoria in London, premiering Friday, May 20th on MTV2 at 11pm EST. "System Of A Down Live" will air several more times, both on MTV2 and MTV.

May 20 11:00 PM Friday
May 21 9:00 PM Saturday
May 21 3:00 AM Saturday
May 25 3:00 AM Wednesday
May 26 8:00 PM Thursday

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System of a Down: No Fines For F-Bomb...Yet

Launch Radio Networks reports: SYSTEM OF A DOWN has yet to deal with any repercussions from its "Saturday Night Live" appearance this past weekend (May 7), in which guitarist Daron Malakian got a spontaneous cry of "Fuck yeah!" past NBC-TV censors during the band's performance of its current single, "B.Y.O.B." The use of the F-word in the song's actual lyrics was muted during the broadcast.

SYSTEM OF A DOWN have been fierce supporters of free expression, and Malakian recently told Launch he'd like to see more rock artists take a stronger position on it. "In the Sixties, all these bands had the balls to get up and speak against the government, even though it wouldn't look good in the society, whatever," he said. "They said their mind because they thought it was right. And now you've got all these rock and roll guys, they don't even the balls to even say what they want because they're so afraid of their careers — that's not real rock and roll, man."

There has been no comment from NBC on the "SNL" incident and, so far, no outcry from conservative or religious groups.

"B.Y.O.B." comes off the band's new album, "Mezmerize", which is due out on May 17.

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New SoaD Tour Dates, Autographed Guitar Contest

In celebration of the release of "Mezmerize" (due out on May 18th), System of a Down is giving away a Gibson SG guitar in this month's issue of Nokia's eZine Get Connected. This is a true collectors' item, autographed by all four members of SOAD. Enter to win at this location.

System of a Down have announced a few more tour dates. Tour dates so far:

May 02 Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
May 03 Chicago, IL - Metro
May 09 New York, NY - Irving Plaza
May 10 Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts
May 11 Washington, D.C. - 9:30 Club

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System of a Down Drop F-Bomb On SNL

Bill Hutchinson of the New York Daily News is reporting that SYSTEM OF A DOWN got one over on "Saturday Night Live" last night.

When the group performed "B.Y.O.B" from their new album "Mezmerize", the show repeatedly muted the F-word in the line, "Where the f--- are you?" But it missed guitarist Daron Malakian's screeched, "F--- yeah!" toward the end of the number. The camera even focused on him as he said it.

Fans of the group immediately hailed the move on SYSTEM OF A DOWN's web site, with one noting, "The censors missed at least one 'f--- you.' Which was nice."

The band performed a second number, "Aerials", from their "Toxicity" album, without incident.

"SNL" traditionally doesn't use a tape delay. NBC did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

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SOAD Interview, Live Performances Online

MJI Interactive is reporting that SYSTEM OF A DOWN have been selected as Yahoo! Music's artist of the month in anticipation of the May 17 release of their new album, "Mezmerize". You can watch an exclusive interview here. Also offered for your viewing pleasure are three exclusive live performances of "Needles", "Psycho" and "Prison Song". Meanwhile, remember to catch SYSTEM OF A DOWN on NBC's "Saturday Night Live" this weekend.

"Mezmerize" is Disc One of the 2-disc set "Mezmerize/Hypnotize". Disc Two, "Hypnotize", is expected to be released late this fall.

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New SoaD Tour Dates, Signing Session In Burbank

What will undoubtedly be a "must see" tour this summer, System of a Down is confirmed to headline its first major U.S. tour in three years. While specific dates are being confirmed and will be announced shortly, the band will kick off a two-month trek in early August that will see them playing arenas in major and secondary markets throughout North America. It is also announced that The Mars Volta will join System of a Down as Special Guests on all of the tour dates; a third act, yet to be announced, will open the shows.

System of a Down is currently on a 10-date "guerrilla club tour" playing small venues and debuting a couple of brand new songs from their forthcoming release, "Mezmerize," Disc One of the 2-disc set "Mezmerize/Hypnotize," due out May 17.

System of a Down have announced 2 new US dates:

May 2 Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
May 3 - Chicago, IL - Metro

In other news, System of a Down will be holding a signing session at Best Buy in Burbank on May 17. Don't miss this opportunity to buy your copy of the new album and get it signed by the band. They will be signing starting at 7pm. You will receive a wristband for a position in line to have your CD signed. Arrive early to get a good spot in line. SPACE IS LIMITED.

Best Buy in Burbank
1501 N. Victory Place
Burbank, CA 91502
(818) 845-5121

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Manson, Slayer, SoaD To Play Festimad 2005

Marilyn Manson, The Prodigy, Slayer and System of a Down are some of the music bands to perform in the festival Festimad 2005, to be held in Cantueña de Fuenlabrada (Madrid) on May 27 and 28. This edition will host the "heaviest" concerts it has ever sheltered.

The organisers expect this year near 60,000 people will attend the event, 20,000 more than in 2004. Furthermore, there will be many novelties in this edition, from a completely new headquarters to running-water WC's and hot-water showers.

Another of the novelties is that instead of a main stage and another smaller, both of them will have the same size one by the other. This nearness will allow a greater comfort for the audience to move from one stage to the other.

According to the organisers, the camping site will be much bigger and "closer from concerts, with a supermarket and food street stalls."

The Friday 27 programme will host Marilyn Manson's new show, as well as the bands Nightwish, The Hives, Wednesday 13 and Muletrain. The heavy metal Californian band Slayer will also perform on that day at the other stage, together with Turbonegro, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Skizoo and Legen Beltza.

The Prodigy will play on the first stage on Saturday 28 with Incubus, Hermano, Mondo Generator and The Eighties Matchbox B-line Disaster. System of a Down, one of the most creative bands on the North-American hard rock scene will share the stage on Saturday with Fu Manchu, Clutch, Five Horse Johnson and Hamlet.

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System of a Down Guerilla Tour Setlist Posted

SYSTEM OF A DOWN are currently busting out the following tunes on their ongoing 'guerilla tour' across parts of the United States:

1. B.Y.O.B.
2. Science
3. Kill Rock N' Roll
4. Suggestions
5. Psycho
6. Chop Suey
7. Mr. Jack
8. Needles
9. Deer Dance
10. Aerials
11. Holy Mountains
12. Spiders
13. Streamline
14. Bounce
15. ATWA
16. Forest
17. Cigaro
18. Highway Song
19. War?
20. Prison Song
21. Roulette
22. Toxicity
23. Suite-Pee
24. Sugar

As previously reported, the band will be hitting the road with THE MARS VOLTA and one other band this Summer.

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System Of A Down To Tour With The Mars Volta

What will undoubtedly be a "must see" tour this summer, SYSTEM OF A DOWN is confirmed to headline its first major U.S. tour in three years, it is announced today. While specific dates are being confirmed and will be announced shortly, the band will kick off a two-month trek in early August that will see them playing arenas in major and secondary markets throughout North America. It is also announced that The Mars Volta will join System of a Down as Special Guests on all of the tour dates; a third act, yet to be announced, will open the shows.

"We're very excited about getting out on the road this summer," said System's vocalist Serj Tankian. "It's been a long time since we've done a major American tour, and with The Mars Volta on the bill, I think we're giving our fans a terrific show."

System of a Down is currently on a 10-date "guerrilla club tour" playing small venues and debuting a couple of brand new songs from their forthcoming release, "Mezmerize," Disc One of the 2-disc set "Mezmerize/Hypnotize," due out May 17. Disc Two, "Hypnotize," is expected to be released late this fall. "B.Y.O.B.," the first single from the new album, is already a Top 10 track at Rock/Alternative radio, and the band will perform the song when they appear as musical guests on "Saturday Night Live" May 7.

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Watch System of a Down's 'B.Y.O.B' Video Online

SYSTEM OF A DOWN have made the video for the single 'B.Y.O.B.' available for streaming online. You can watch the video on the bands official website.

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System of a Down To Do Guerilla Club Tour

With the release of 'Mezmerize,' Disc One of the 2-disc set "Mezmerize/Hypnotize" (American Recordings/Columbia Records) confirmed for May 17, System of a Down kick off a whirlwind 10-city guerilla club tour tonight in San Francisco at the Fillmore. Denver on April 27 at the Odgen Theatre, Dallas on April 29 at The Granada and the Music Hall in Austin on April 30 have also been announced; San Francisco and Austin, the only two shows that have gone on sale, were sold out as fast as transactions could take place. Additional cities and venues and all other pertinent details will be announced immediately prior to the actual dates via the band's website (www.systemofadown.com). The tour will be "An Evening with System of a Down," and will be the band's first North American tour since 2002. The shows will be scaled-back, basic and raw, with the focus put squarely on the music and energy.

"We wanted to play shows in the kind of small venues that we used to before we were signed, before our first album came out," said guitarist/vocalist Daron Malakian. "We want to create an environment that is just one big party, not the band on stage separated from our fans in the audience. We're very excited about making this happen."

System of a Down is expected to debut some of the new songs from "Mezmerize/Hypnotize," including the first single, "B.Y.O.B." already a Top 10 single at rock radio, and "Cigaro," the track that leaked over the internet. They will also play favorites from their three previous Platinum-certified albums, "Toxicity," "Steal This Album!" and "System of a

The guerrilla club tour follows last night¹s System's "Soul's 2005" sold-out benefit concert held at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles that commemorated the Armenian Genocide.

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Win Tickets To SoaD Secret Show, New Video Online

System will soon be playing a series of secret "Guerilla" shows in a few select cities, and Revolver mag has free pairs of tix for you to win.

If you win, your name will be on the guest list. You must arrive early to pick up your tickets and gain entry to the show. You will be notified by telephone as well as e-mail, so please make sure you submit an accurate, working telephone number.

You can enter NOW for the following shows at www.revolvermag.com.

April 24th - Los Angeles, CA. - SYSTEM OF A DOWN and KROQ-FM Present "Souls 2005" Benefit Concert. Winners for this show will be selected and notified on Friday 4/22/05.

April 27th - San Francisco - The Filmore

April 30th - Austin, Tx - The Austin Music Hall

Check revolvermag.com every day to see if your city has been added.

In other news, you can now get a sneak peek at SoaD's new video "B.Y.O.B." at the following links:
Real Video | QuickTime | Windows Media: 56k 300k 450k

MTV2's new video premiere campaign, "Unleashed," will premiere the new System of a Down video for B.Y.O.B. next Tuesday 4/26.

MTV will begin playing the video on Wednesday 4/27.

Be sure and tune in for your chance to see the FULL video first only at systemofadown.com on Monday, April 25.

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System Of A Down To Perform On Saturday Night Live

System Of A Down have been confirmed as the musical guest on May 07th's episode of "Saturday Night Live". The band will perform their tracks "B.Y.O.B." and "Chop Suey". Johnny Knoxville will be hosting the program. In related news, System Of A Down have announced the following two US dates:

April 25th San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
April 30th Austin, TX - Austin Music Hall

The bands new album "Mezmerize" will see a May 17th release date through American/Columbia.

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More Acts Confirmed For Download Festival

More acts have been announced for this year's Download Festival, augmenting what is shaping up to be one of the biggest hard rock festivals seen across Europe in years.

US garage rockers The Mooney Suzuki, British band A and Japan's hardcore techno rockers Mad Capsule Market have all been added to the main stage, joining headliners Black Sabbath, System Of A Down, Feeder, Velvet Revolver, Slipknot, Slayer and Billy Idol.

Making an appearance on the Snickers second stage are InMe, Apocalyptica, Underoath, Lordi, Shadows Fall and Finch, among others. Flogging Molly will also be playing the event, an Irish-American punk act which features wrestling superstar Chris Jericho on vocals.

Snickers have launched a competition that will see one unsigned band will be making the journey to the festival and playing on the Snickers stage alongside other acts. For more information go to snickersunsigned.co.uk.

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System Of A Down's Mesmerize Tracklisting Revealed

System Of A Down have revealed details of their ambitious new albums, reports NME. "Mezmerize / Hypnotize" will be released in two instalments over six months, with the first half, "Mezmerize", out on May 16 through American Recordings / Columbia.

Both albums were produced by Rick Rubin along with guitarist Daron Malkian, who explained the reasons behind putting out a double set: “When we started recording, we were focussed on making every song the best it could be, to really give a thousand percent to every single track.

“Doing a two-album set never entered into our thought process. But when we looked at all the songs we had and arbitrarily tried to choose ‘the best’ 14for one album, we realised that they all connected with each other. We didn’t chase this idea, it chased us.”

The tracklisting for "Mezmerize" is:

01. "Intro (Soldier Side)"
02. "B.Y.O.B."
03. "Revenga"
04. "Cigaro"
05. "Radio / Video"
06. "This Cocaine Makes Me Feel Like I'm On This Song"
07. "Violent Pornography"
08. "Question!"
09. "Sad Statue"
10. "Old School Hollywood"
11. "Lost In Hollywood"

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