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."
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More acts have been confirmed for Download Festival takes place from 10th, 11th & 12th June, at Donington Park, Leicestershire.
All of these new bands are to play the Snickers Stage, with In Flames and Lamb of God playing on the Saturday, and with Motorhead, Mastodon, Chimaira, and Bullet For My Valentine all playing on the Sunday.
They join the bands previously confirmed: Feeder, Garbage, Dinosaur Jr, Megadeth, Biffy Clyro, JJ72, Billy Idol, The Used, My Chemical Romance (all Friday), Black Sabbath, Velvet Revolver, HIM (all Saturday - an Ozzfest day), and System of a Down, Slipknot, and Slayer.
Three-day tickets are on sale now, priced at £105, with camping costing an extra £22.50 (and with parking thrown in). Those not camping will (if required) need to buy an extra ticket to park their car, costing £5 if bought at the same time as festival tickets, or costing £10 on the day.
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System of a Down has confirmed that Disc One ("Mezmerize") from the band's 2-disc set, "Mezmerize/Hypnotize," will be released on May 17, 2005. Disc Two ("Hypnotize") is expected to see a late fall release.
The first single from "Mezmerize/Hypnotize" will be the track "B.Y.O.B." [Bring Your Own Bombs] which will hit the airwaves this month. The song, which questions a president's involvement in the business of war, balances a near-R&B groove - "Everybody's going to the party have a real good time/Dancing in the desert blowing up the sunshine" - with the song's recurring demand, "Why don't presidents fight the war?/Why do they always send the poor?/Why do they always send the poor?"
System of a Down will relaunch their website - www.systemofadown.com this evening. The revamped site will offer intriguing glimpses of the artwork for ³Mezmerize/Hypnotize,² much of which was designed and painted by Vartan Malakian, guitarist/producer Daron Malakian's father.
System of a Down wrote some thirty tracks for "Mezmerize/Hypnotize" and recorded them at producer Rick Rubin's Laurel Canyon studio between June and November of 2004. The album was produced by Rubin and Daron Malakian and mixed by Andy Wallace, who also mixed "Toxicity" and "Steal This Album!" The new songs are more complex, more progressive, more unorthodox, and more experimental than ever, while retaining the idiosyncratic, ironic and schizophrenic qualities that make System of a Down so distinctive. Topics include relationships, the evils of television and corporate mind control, the mysteries of life and death, and a surreal experience at a celebrity baseball game. Some of the song titles are "Radio Video," "Old School Hollywood," "Cigaro," "Lost in Hollywood," "Question," "Vicinity of Obscenity" and "Revenga." The decision to release the two discs six months apart was made simply to give fans time to get into and really live with the music from Disc One before plunging into Disc Two.
Slipknot and Slayer have been confirmed for the 2005 edition of the Hultsfred Festival, set to take place June 16-18 in Hultsfred, Sweden. Also scheduled to perform are the Haunted, System of a Down and Marilyn Manson. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:
System of a Down
The Hidden Cameras
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Feeder, Black Sabbath, and System Of A Down will headline this year’s Download festival, with organisers confirming that the Donington event will be held over three days for the first time ever.
Garbage, Billy Idol, Velvet Revolver, HIM, Slayer and Slipknot will also play at the third annual Download Festival, which takes place at Donington Park from 10-12 June.
Download organisers confirmed nine of the acts that are set to play over the weekend, with over 70 more expected to be announced in the coming months.
Garbage and Billy Idol join Feeder on the newly added Friday, as part of a bill which aims to broaden the musical scope of the festival by bringing in more ‘indie’ acts. Feeder singer Grant Nicholls enthused: “We are really excited about playing Download. This will be our biggest headline show yet and there's a bit of pressure on us to get the weekend off to a rocking start but we're used to playing on big stages and we'll put on a good show"
The following evening, Velvet Revolver and HIM will warm up for headliners Black Sabbath, the first time Ozzfest has been held since 2001. Topping the Sunday bill, prior to System Of A Down, will be Slipknot and Slayer to help close the festival in its true metal spirit!
As well as masses more bands, organisers have also promised to extend the fun of the festival to the campsite, adding a massive entertainment zone, featuring a cinema tent, a third stage bar and several campsite bars. Skate and BMX fans will be pleased to hear that the Soul Bowl will be back again and this year open until much later, with some very special guests appearing on stage.
Tickets for this year's three-day rock extravaganza went on sale at 9am this morning (Wednesday, 9 February) and are priced at £105 for a three-day ticket.
Camping tickets are to be purchased separately at a cost of £22.50, with hot showers and weekend car parking included. Festival goers purchasing three-day festival tickets but not wishing to camp will be able to purchase car parking for an additional £5 but only if the passes are purchased at the same time as the festival tickets. Car passes purchased on the day will costs £10.
Launch Radio Networks is reporting that SYSTEM OF A DOWN have confirmed an April 26 release date for "Mezmerize", the first half of their new double album set. The second CD, titled "Hypnotize", will be out sometime this fall. Meanwhile, the first single from "Mezmerize", called "B.Y.O.B.", is poised to arrive at rock radio on or around March 1.
The Armenian-American quartet has just wrapped up its headlining stint on Australia and New Zealand's Big Day Out festival and is heading home to Los Angeles to finish work on the new album.
The band is also one of many acts that have donated items to a second eBay auction sponsored by Waxploitation Records to raise money for genocide victims in the African nation of Sudan. Other artists that have contributed signed or rare items include DAVE MATTHEWS, DASHBOARD CONFESSIONAL, and BAD RELIGION. SYSTEM contributed to Waxploitation's first such auction last month, along with LIMP BIZKIT, KORN, 311, ROB ZOMBIE and others.
TotalRock reports that that this year's Download Festival at Donington MAY be run for three days. No official announcement has yet been made, but there is strong talk of the first day (June 10) having a more indie rock-oriented bill, with the second (June 11) being an Ozzfest day, headlined by Black Sabbath, and the third (June 12) featuring System Of A Down.
Having previously programmed only Saturday and Sunday, the proposed expansion would make 2005 the biggest Download ever - with both weekend and day tickets being sold for the 60,000 capacity Donington Park event.
At present, the festival is scheduled to take place on the weekend of 11-12 June but according to a popular music weekly, organisers are hoping to run the event on Friday 10th as well. It is believed that Feeder have been approached to headline that day, followed by an Ozzy Osbourne-curated Ozzfest day on the Saturday. Word is, that Ozzy may re-form Black Sabbath to headline this day!
Other strong rumours doing the rounds include Velvet Revolver, Motley Crue, The Datsuns, The Prodigy, Marilyn Manson, and Green Day.
System Of A Down have revealed via their own website that they will be playing on the Sunday, which is expected to be a more traditional metal line-up.
Download 2005 takes place at Donington Park, Derbyshire, on 11-12 June (and possibly the 10th). It is believed that tickets will go on sale in February.
In the middle of recording the new double album, 'Hypnotize/Mesmerize', and preparing to tour Australia later this month, System of a Down frontman Serj Tankian spoke with Australia's Beat magazine about their concert format and the sound on the new album. "Everything changes based on all sorts of experiences," Tankian said. "How (SOAD have changed) is something you may have to sort out. We have all been through some troubled times over the last year and I think a lot of that emotion is coming through in our new songs. We have learned a lot of each other's strengths and weaknesses and that helps us as a group, both live and when we are recording. I'm not sure it changes the formation process, but enhances it, based on everyone?s known forte's."
Read the full article at Beat Magazine.
System of a Down announce headlining shows in the UK this June, marking their much-anticipated return to the stage in support of their upcoming two album set "Hypnotize/Mesmerize." The new albums follow 2001's groundbreaking, 5 million plus selling "Toxicity," and the results will showcase System's emotional and innovative sonic schizophrenia. The first album, "Mesmerize," will be released in April.
Tickets go on sale 9am, Tuesday 18th January but you can purchase your tickets Saturday 15th January at 9am simply by clicking the following links:
A brand new SYSTEM OF A DOWN track, entitled "Cigaro", has been made available for download in MP3 format at this location.
"Cigaro" is one of several tracks completed towards the group's forthcoming album "Mesmerize/Hypnotize", which is currently being mixed at a Los Angeles studio by Andy Wallace (KORN, LIMP BIZKIT, DISTURBED, SEPULTURA).
As previously announced, "Mesmerize/Hypnotize" will be released as a two-disc set, the first disc ("Mesmerize") dropping in the spring, the second disc ("Hypnotize") coming out roughly six months after that.
SYSTEM OF A DOWN plan to spend the next couple years on the road. Their first stop is Auckland on January 21, where they will kick off a six-day stint at New Zealand and Australia's annual traveling festival, Big Day Out.
System of a Down guitarist and chief songwriter Daron Malakian is uncomfortable with the band being tagged a "political" band. "We just sing about what the world, about what's around us," he tells the Sydney Morning Herald. "We have political songs and we have songs about, y'know, psycho-groupie-cocaine crazy. Somebody asked me, 'Are you guys about sex, drugs, rock'n'roll, politics, having a good time?' I said, 'Yes!' We're not about a history lesson, like, 'You gotta learn all about the Armenian genocide' or all about politics. We're not only about that and we're not only about sex, drugs and rock'n'roll, we're like a fu**ed-up mutation of all that sh**."
Read the full article at Sydney Morning Herald.
More information has been revealed about the upcoming SYSTEM OF A DOWN album, "Mesmerize/Hypnotize." The band is currently mixing the album with Andy Wallace (who mixed System's multi-million selling "Toxicity"). No firm release date is set, but it is looking like a Spring release. As previously announced, "Mesmerize/Hypnotize" is a two-disc set with a unique release plan - the first disc ("Mesmerize") will be released in the Spring, and the second disc ("Hypnotize") will come out about six months after that.
A few journalists have come into the mixing studio and heard a handful of the new songs. Here's what a couple of them have to say: More...
System of a Down's Daron Malakian reacted to the re-election of George Bush in an interview with Spin. "To me it's even better that Bush is in office," Malakian reasoned. "That's more fuel. I think it gives us more of a platform than if he wasn't. We're not moving to Canada, as much as I love hockey."
System of A Down's new release to be titled "Hypnotize/Mesmerize" will be a two album set with six months between in-store dates.
Heralded by Entertainment Weekly as the Number One (of 25) "Most Anticipated Albums," System of a Down announces that their new album will be titled "Hypnotize/Mesmerize," and will be a two album set with the CDs slated for release some six months apart. Disc 1 of the set ("Hypnotize") will be in stores late first quarter 2005, while Disc 2 ("Mesmerize") is expected to see a late Summer/early Fall 2005 release date on the American Recordings/Columbia Records label. The band is currently in a Los Angeles studio doing vocals. More...
Slipknot, The Hives, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and Hatebreed are the latest bands to be confirmed for the Big Day Out Festival tour of Australia and New Zealand, which will happen in January/February. They join a bill that already includes System Of A Down, The Donnas and Powderfinger among others.
System Of A Down have delayed the release of new album, 'Hypnotize'. Originally due out in January, it's now expected to hit the shops in March. The record is being produced by Rick Rubin.
"Axis of Justice: Concert Series Volume 1" was recorded at the Avalon in Los Angeles as one in a series of benefits for Axis of Justice, the non-profit organization founded by Serj Tankian of System Of A Down and Tom Morello of Audioslave/Rage Against The Machine in an effort to bring concerned musicians, fans of music and grassroots political organizations together to fight for social justice.
This very unique night of music featured performances and surprises by a number of special guests, including Flea, Maynard James Keenan and Pete Yorn. The album includes the donated track from Chris Cornell and Maynard James Keenan of their cover of Nick Lowe's "(What's So Funny 'bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding", recorded at last year's Lollapalooza. Other highlights include all-star jams of U2's "Where the Streets Have No Name," Bob Marley's "Get Up, Stand Up," "Alice in My Fantasies" by Funkadelic and the Bob Dylan classic "Chimes Of Freedom."
The companion Bonus DVD contains live footage of the Avalon show as well as some excerpts from past Axis shows which include appearances by artists such as Boots Riley of The Coup and Wayne Kramer. Plus as an added bonus, the DVD includes audio excerpts from the Axis of Justice radio show which include interviews with Michael Moore and Janeane Garofalo.
Pre-order "Axis of Justice: Concert Series Volume 1" online here and yours will be autographed by Tom Morello and Serj Tankian. You'll also get hooked up with a limited edition, Axis Of Justice poster free with your purchase
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Scum of the Earth, the new band from ex-Rob Zombie guitarist Riggs, announced today they will embark on a nationwide tour supporting their Eclipse Records debut, "Blah, Blah, Blah, Love Songs for the New Millennium." The tour will commence October 26, the very day the albums drops, canvas most of the U.S. and venture into Canada. Riggs recorded Blah' with an all-star cast of friends including Zombie drummer John Tempesta (White Zombie, Rob Zombie) and his brother Mike Tempesta (guitar, Powerman 5000), marking the first time the brothers have played together on record, SOAD drummer John Dolmayan, as well as Clay Others (bass) and more. On tour, Riggs will be flanked by Adema guitarist Ransom, PM5K drummer Adrian Ost and others.
"We're trotting out the scummier side of the Scum family," says Riggs. "Lock up your daughters and small animals."
Blah' was produced by Michael Beinhorn (Korn, Red Hot Chili Peppers) and Irv Gotti. It will be the first CD to feature UMixIt interactive technology, an enhanced feature that allows listeners, should they desire a little more grind in tracks like 'Pornstar Champion,' to play producer/Dr. Frankenstein and isolate, violate and remix on their computer, up to 16 audio tracks by emphasizing, cutting back or removing any instrument or vocal.
In addition, Scum of the Earth has lensed a video for the single 'Get Your Dead On' with director Rob Prior (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), based on his upcoming film Shadow Walker, currently in pre-production. The unique horror film's main character will be the basis for the clip which, in an unprecedented move, will introduce the mythology of the Shadow Walker villain before its appearance in a film, comic book, or video game (each is scheduled for release next year). Prior conceived the Shadow Walker, a violent creature from New Zealand folklore that moves only within darkness, with groundbreaking comic book writer Paul Jenkins ("Origin: The True Story of Wolverine," "Spider-Man: Return of the Goblin," "The Incredible Hulk," "Darkness: Resurrection"). Prior, a renowned master of photorealistic comic book art (he crafted the creatures for the Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel), designed the Shadowalker.
Jenkins and Prior decided that music video would be the ideal medium to introduce what they hope will be the breakout monster franchise of 2005. Scum of the Earth, a breakout monster band, is a natural partner.
Tour dates are as follows: More...
The full track listing for the upcoming "Axis Of Justice Concert Series, Vol. 1" CD/DVD package has been unveiled.
The CD features collaborative performances from Audioslave vocalist Chris Cornell, drummer Brad Wilk and guitarist Tom Morello, Tool singer Maynard James Keenan, System Of A Down frontman Serj Tankian, singer/songwriter Pete Yorn, and Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, as well as rappers Jurassic 5.
Morello also plays solo as his alter ego, the Nightwatchman. The DVD includes many of the same performances, along with skits, spoken word segments and interviews with filmmaker Michael Moore and actor and radio host Janeane Garofalo.
Axis Of Justice is a political activism organization founded by Tankian and Morello, who says he doesn't understand why many feel musicians shouldn't get involved in social and political issues.
"People ask the most asinine question, like, well, why -- 'I don't want to hear from you -- shut up and rock,' you know. But when you pick up a guitar, you don't put down your First Amendment rights. What I would say is 'You should be speaking out as well.' Like, why should we just leave it to a bunch of billionaires and crooks to run our country?"
Among the songs performed on the CD are U2's "Where The Streets Have No Name," Nick Lowe's "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding," Bob Dylan's "Chimes Of Freedom" and Bob Marley's "Get Up, Stand Up."
"Axis Of Justice Concert Series, Vol. 1" is due out on November 16th through Serjical Strike/Columbia Records. Serjical Strike is Serj Tankian's custom label.
System Of A Down have set "Hypnotize" as the title of their next studio album, according to Germany's Rock Hard magazine. The follow-up to 2001's "Toxicity", which bowed at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 3.3 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, is tentatively due on January 18, 2005 (one day earlier internationally). Rick Rubin is producing the new effort for his American Recordings label, with Jonny Polonsky engineering.
As previously reported, System Of A Down have been confirmed for the 2005 edition of the Big Day Out festival. The trek, which is scheduled to kick off January 21 in Auckland, New Zealand, is also set to include appearances by Beastie Boys, The Donnas and Powderfinger, among other acts.