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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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.
System Of A Down are now said to be eyeing a late November/early December release date through American/Columbia for their upcoming new album
System of a Down have set the release of their new album to be in the fall of this year, according to a message in their website.
With regards to the recording process guitarist Daron Malakian said in the statement, "We'll play a song through and record it, listen to it and decide what could make it even better — repeat a chorus, simple rearrangement, we all spark off of each other. Some of the new songs have really great moments — we want to make the entire song a really great moment.
According to Malakian, some surprising influences can be heard in System's new work. "The influences range from Kraftwerk to Darkthrone to the Zombies to the Beach Boys, but it all fits together," he said. "It works."
MTV2’s Headbanger’s Ball and Revolver magazine are teaming up to bring you the Best Metal Videos of the New Millennium (so far) picked by you. So put your pedal to the metal and vote for your favorite video here. Then, catch the two-hour premiere Saturday, August 21 at 10 PM during Headbanger’s Ball, on MTV2. Plus check out the final list in the October issue of Revolver.
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Kevin Bond spoke out at Ozzfest 2004 in Bristow, Virginia, and stated that the band (Superjoint Ritual) are planning to head to Europe with System of a Down for a full length tour.
Scum of the Earth, the new band featuring guitarists Riggs (Rob Zombie) and Mike Tempesta (Powerman 5000), have set an October 26 release date through Eclipse Records for their debut CD, "Blah...blah...blah...Love Songs for the New Millennium." The CD is currently being mixed at Belt of Orion Studios in Hollywood, CA with Frank Gryner (Rob Zombie, A Perfect Circle, Powerman 5000) and Brandon Belsky (Velvet Revolver, Staind, Static-X). System of a Down's John Dolmayan, Helmet/Rob Zombie drummer John Tempesta and ex-Snake River Conspiracy singer Tobey Torres laid down guest performances on several tracks while "chillin' in the studio" with Riggs and Mike, according to an official press release.
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SYSTEM OF A DOWN are preparing to enter the studio to begin recording their next album, tentatively due later this year through American/Columbia Records. The as-yet-untitled set will be the follow-up to 2002's "Toxicity", which album bowed at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 3.3 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
With regards to the recording process guitarist Daron Malakian said in a statement,
"We'll play a song through and record it, listen to it and decide what could make it even better — repeat a chorus, simple rearrangement, we all spark off of each other. Some of the new songs have really great moments — we want to make the entire song a really great moment."
According to Malakian, some surprising influences can be heard in SYSTEM's new work.
"The influences range from KRAFTWERK to DARKTHRONE to the ZOMBIES to the BEACH BOYS, but it all fits together," he said. "It works"
The album will be recorded in a home studio in California's Hollywood Hills.
"We were ready for a change. We wanted a different vibe and we needed to progress," said vocalist Serj Tankian. "We've always recorded in traditional studios, but this was a good move. It's a great place — it's not sterile and there are beautiful grounds to venture into. We're enjoying each other and the music we're making."