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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Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.
The Boston Herald is reporting that System of a Down's Serj Tankian is currently composing the score for an upcoming production of "Prometheus Bound." An excerpt from the article follows.
Serj Tankian has spent the past decade rocking the world with his quirky, politically charged brand of prog-metal as frontman of System of a Down.
But in recent years, the Lebanon-born musician has branched out, writing poetry, recording solo albums, working on social justice issues and composing orchestral pieces.
His latest venture brought him to Cambridge, where he’s composed the score for American Repertory Theater’s interpretation of the ancient Greek tragedy “Prometheus Bound.”
“Politically, I’m getting off on this project because it works with everything I’ve worked with . . . the edginess and the themes of injustice and tyranny and civilization and torture,” Tankian said during a break from rehearsals last week at the Harvard University-based theater’s space on Church Street. The production, which starts a five-week run Friday at Oberon in Harvard Square, tells the story of Prometheus, the mythical figure punished by the gods for giving fire to humans. Tony- and Grammy-winning playwright Steven Sater (“Spring Awakening”) reworked the play, bringing in Tankian and turning it into a modern rock opera.
“I guess I felt around me such a feeling of power-lessness and voicelessness . . . and a growing sense of tyranny around the world,” Sater said. “And I thought about ‘Prometheus Bound.’ It’s perhaps the most searing indictment of tyranny ever written and it was written right at the birth of Western democracy.”
Read the full article at Boston Herald.
Volbeat has issued the following announcement about an upcoming Italian show with System of a Down and Sick of it All:
"For the first time in years, the tour bus heads south to Italy for a quadruple gig with System Of A Down, Sick Of It All and The Damned Things!
"The event takes place at the Arena Concierti Fiera in Milan on June 2. Tickets are not yet available, but stay tuned for updates on Facebook.
"In addition, we’re proud to announce our arrival in Luxemburg, France and Belgium during the summer! Check out the tour calendar for time and place – Hey, summer, please hurry up!"
The organisers of the United Kingdom's Download Festival has announced that a further sixteen bands have been confirmed for the event, including such big names as Disturbed, Black Stone Cherry and Cheap Trick, along with Bring Me The Horizon, Sacred Mother Tongue, All That Remains, Bowling For Soup, Devil Wears Prada, Turisas, Frank Turner, Asking Alexandria, Straight Line Stitch, Madina Lake, The King Blues, Ghost and Jameson Raid. The event will take place at Donington Castle from June 10th-12th and features the following lineup:
Def Leppard (Headliner)
System Of A Down (Headliner)
Linkin Park (Headliner)
Bullet For My Valentine
Black Stone Cherry
All That Remains
The Gaslight Anthem
Bowling For Soup
The Devil Wears Prada
Bring Me The Horizon
The Damned Things
Escape The Fate
Duff McKagen's Loaded
Masters Of Reality
Sacred Mother Tongue
Straight Line Stitch
The King Blues
Rise To Remain
The organisers of Britain's Download Festival has announced a further twenty more names for this year's event, in addition to the previously confirmed bands Linkin Park, System of A Down, Rob Zombie and Avenged Sevenfold. The festival will be held at Donington park from June 10th-12th.
The lineup is now as follows:
Black Veil Brides
Bullet For My Valentine
Escape The Fate
The Gaslight Anthem
Rise To Remain
System Of A Down
The Damned Things
Rob Zombie has been announced as the next performer confirmed for next year's Download festival. Download 2011 is set to take place between June 10th, 11th and 12th, 2011 at Donington Park in Leicestershire, United Kingdom.
Also confirmed to appear:
System of a Down
In addition to the news earlier today that the reunited System Of A Down would be headlining Britain's Download festival next year, the organisers of the event has also confirmed that Orange County natives Avenged Sevenfold will be performing at the festival, which takes place at Castle Donington from June 10th-12th. Stay tuned for further confirmations.
After an indefinite hiatus that has lasted four years, California-based alternative metal outfit System Of A Down has announced that they will be returning to the stage next year for a series of shows in Europe. A message from the band's website reads as follows:
"We are excited to announce that System will be playing some dates together in 2011.
"We also want to thank you for your loyalty and support, not only to System Of A Down, but to all of our solo efforts as well. We have no master plan of sorts - we are playing these shows simply because we want to play together again as a band and for you, our amazing fans. We look forward to seeing all of you!"
The tour dates are as follows: More...
Although no official confirmation has been given yet, reports are spreading like wildfire that social rockers System Of A Down will announce tomorrow (November 29th) that they will be returning next year for a series of tour dates and festival performances, including Britain's Download Festival and Sweden's, Metaltown Festival. The only confirmed date so far is a show at the Palais Omnisports in Paris on June 6 but when asked by fans if they would perform at Download, bassist Shavo Odajian responded with, "Stay Tuned." More information on this will be given as soon as it becomes available.
The band decided to go on hiatus in 2006 following their headlining slot at Ozzfest, during which time lead singer Serj Tankian has released two studio albums as well as a live, orchestral album. Guitarist/vocalist Daron Malakian and drummer John Dolmayan also kept busy by releasing an album with their project, Scars On Broadway. Bassist Shavo Odajian has kept himself occupied by directing music videos for the likes of Taproot and hardcore legends Bad Brains, as well as founding the networking website, urSESSION and a musical project with Wu Tang Clan founder RZA named Achozen.
Scars on Broadway will perform at Avalon in Los Angeles on Friday, August 20th. Tickets go on sale Saturday, July 10. Stay tuned for more details.
Footage from their show at The Troubadour last month was posted online and can be viewed below.
Serj Tankian (System of A Down) has made the first song off his upcoming album solo album, "Imperfect Harmonies," available for download by signing up for his email newsletter here. The new song is entitled "Borders Are." Tankian's new album "Imperfect Harmonies" is due out September 7th.
You can view a "lyric video" for "Borders Are" below. (My guess is that this is the actual song, but the official music video is yet to come).
Billboard.com is reporting that musicians, including Rage Against the Machine and Serj Tankian, are boycotting Arizona over a recently passed immigration law. An excerpt from the report follows:
Rage Against the Machine lead singer Zack de la Rocha has enlisted dozens of musicians and activists to join The Sound Strike, an open call by artists to boycott the state of Arizona over its recently passed immigration law. The law passed by the Arizona state legislature, SB1070, requires local authorities to determine a person's immigration status if he or she is suspected of being undocumented.
Groups like Cypress Hill, Juanes, Conor Oberst, Los Tigres del Norte, Rage Against the Machine, Cafe Tacvba, Kanye West, Calle 13 as well as Oscar winning filmmaker and activist Michael Moore have signed on to the campaign, which was announced on thesoundstrike.net today.More...
Read the full article at Billboard.
System Of A Down has released "the FOREST project," a compilation of Greg Watermann's live photography, edited to a mash-up of their songs. Check out the video below.
System of a Down has not released an album since 2006 with their fifth studio release "Hypnotize." Shortly after, the band announced a "hiatus" on their website. Serj Tankian pursued a solo career in 2007's "Elect the Dead," and guitarist Daron Malakian collaborated with the drummer John Dolmayan for a more electronic sounding "Scars On Broadway." More...
The Deftones has issued the following update about the benefit shows held for bassit Chi Cheng:
"Deftones would like to thank all of the incredible artists, sponsors, crew, supporters, fans and friends who made last Thursday and Friday an overwhelming success. The two night event commenced with special sets by POD, Far and Cypress Hill on night one. Deftones opened their Thursday night set with a brand new song 'Rocket Skates' and continued through a show that included 'Elite,' 'Be Quiet and Drive,' and 'My Own Summer.'
"Each night the band was joined by some of Deftones' and Chi's close friends for some special collaborations exclusive to the nights. Night one included Ben Kenney from Incubus on 'Street Carp,' Mike Shinoda and Tommy Lee on 'Anniversary of an Uninteresting Event,' Xzibit on 'Back to School,' Jonah and Shawn from Far on the Jawbox cover 'Savory,' and Cypress Hill joining Deftones for a full band version of Cypress' 'Rock Superstar.'
"Friday night opened with longtime Chi Cheng favorites Fungo Mungo and Will Haven. Special guests on night two included Robert Trujillo (Metallica), Dave Lombardo (Slayer), Daron Malakian (System of A Down) and Alexi Laiho (Children of Bodom) on a punishing cover of Metallica's 'Battery,' an ensemble performance of Suicidal Tendencies' 'War Inside My Head' with members of Suicidal, and Daron, John Dolmayan, and Shavo Odadjian of System performing 'Aerials' and 'Toxicity' with Chino on vocals.
"Coupled with the online auction, Deftones will likely reach their goal of raising six figures for Chi..."
Read the full article at Deftones MySpace Blog.
Deftones and CharityBuzz launched the second batch of brand new items for the Benefit For Chi Auction yesterday.
-John Dolmayan of System of a Down's personal Tama Drum Kit.
-An Avenged Sevenfold Autographed Schecter guitar.
-The opportunity to meet Alice In Chains backstage at their 2010 North American Tour.
-An Autographed Killswitch Engage Jägermeister Guitar.
-Autographed gear from Cypress Hill, Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance and Pearl Jam.
Click here to bid.
The third and final batch is set to go live December 1st and will feature items from Trent Reznor, Rage Against The Machine, Disturbed, Ozzy Ozbourne, Incubus, Lamb Of God and more.
The previously announced charity auction for Deftones bassist Chi Cheng went live earlier in the week. Chi has been in a semi-conscious state since being involved in a horrific accident in November 2008, and his family has accumulated an overwhelming amount of medical bills that insurance does not entirely cover. It is Deftones' mission to raise significant funds to help ensure Chi's recovery by playing two very special benefit shows in Hollywood on 11/19 and 11/20, and also by launching a benefit auction in conjunction with CharityBuzz.com.
More information has been revealed on the stuff being auctioned. The auction features many special items generously donated by an array of Deftones' friends including Metallica, System of a Down, Blink 182, HIM, Slayer and many more.
Some highlights include:
-A day in the studio with Mark Hoppus of Blink 182 to produce a track for your band
-Flyaway to Helsinki, Finland to attend HIM's sold-out New Year's Eve show. Includes meet-and-greet with the band, round-trip flight, and hotel for two nights.
-Signed ESP guitar from Metallica
-John Dolmayan's (System of a Down) personal Tama drum kit, autographed by John
-Signed gear from Deftones
-Signed Slayer motorcycle helmet autographed by members of Slayer
-Pair of three-day general admission and VIP passes to Coachella Festival 2010
-Autographed ESP guitar from My Chemical Romance
In addition to the items already launched today, another batch of items will launch next Tuesday, November 24th. The auction can be found at CharityBuzz.com/BenefitforChi and will conclude on December 8th.
Rumours are beginning to spread that System Of A Down are coming close to reuniting after three of the four members of the band appeared on stage together at The Roxy in West Hollywood on Halloween. Guitarist/vocalist Daron Malakian, bass player Shavo Odajian and drummer John Dolmayan were joined by Frank Perez of Scars On Broadway for an impromptu set where they played the System Of A Down classic, "Suite Pee" and the Scars On Broadway song, "They Say." Stay tuned for more information.
Just For Fun
You can also download an MP3 of the song here.
If that intrigues you, you may be interested in downloading DJ Morgoth's "MetalMashMix 2009" - a single MP3 containing mashups of the following tracks:
1. Wu-Tang Clan vs. System Of A Down vs. Nine Inch Nails vs. Queens Of The Stone Age - Shame on a Bootlegga [ToToM]
2. Lady Gaga vs. Bullet For My Valentine - Scream Aim Dance (Bullet For Lady Gaga) [DJ Schmolli]
3. Gorillaz vs. Rage Against The Machine - Dare to Testify [ToToM]
4. Rage Against The Machine vs. Shaggy - Killing Boombastic [DJ Zebra]
5. Metallica vs. Panjabi MC - Metallica Goes To Punjab [Wax Audio]
6. Pain vs. Black Sabbath - I'm Going Paranoid [DJ Morgoth]
7. The Prodigy vs. Judas Priest - You've Got Another Firestarter Comin' [DJ Morgoth]
8. Gorillaz vs. Motörhead - Ace Of Spades Feels Good [DJ Morgoth]
9. Ray Parker Jr. vs. AC/DC - ThunderBusters [Wax Audio]
10. Bryan Adams vs. Metallica - Enter You [Wax Audio]
Serj Tankian's (System of a Down) first solo live CD/DVD is coming out this Fall, featuring his performance of the "Elect The Dead" Symphony in Auckland, New Zealand in March with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. You can now watch a sneak-peak video from the upcoming DVD, below. More...
Former System of a Down frontman and solo artist Serj Tankian is in the middle of writing a follow-up to his acclaimed poetry book, “Cool Gardens”. The new collection of works is yet to be titled but will feature illustrations by Roger Kupelian, the director of Serj’s music video for “Honking Antelope.” Serj wants to create a visual/interactive element to the new poetry book and more details will be released as they are available.