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System Of A Down Not Returning Any Time Soon

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SYSTEM OF A DOWN singer Serj Tankian plans to release his first solo album this fall, while the rest of his bandmates are also working on individual projects. But as for when SYSTEM itself will get back together, Tankian says it's not really on anyone's radar. "I don't know," he said. "That's the truth. I mean, we've taken an indefinite hiatus and we just said, you know, when we're all ready to come back and take time from our own things and do something together we will, if and when we want to. And it's been left at that."

Tankian plans to issue his debut solo album, titled "Elect The Dead", this fall. The vocalist told Billboard.com that he played most of the instruments himself, but had help from SYSTEM drummer John Dolmayan, former GUNS N' ROSES and PRIMUS drummer Brian "Brain" Mantia and others.

He plans to issue "Elect The Dead" through his Serjical Strike label, with a major label partner that's yet to be determined.

Tankian has also contributed a song to the soundtrack of the psychological thriller "Bug", which comes out later this month.

Meanwhile, SYSTEM bassist Shavo Odadjian has been recording with members of the WU-TANG CLAN during the break and is launching a new online music initiative. Guitarist Daron Malakian has started a new band called SCARS ON BROADWAY and Dolmayan is opening an online comic book store called Torpedo Comics this November.

Source: Blabbermouth

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1. xXxBODOM OF MY HEARTxXx writes:

hahahaah this is because they are too intimidated by all of the other good bands that are out there....INTIMIDATION SUFFOCATES AND STABS ALL BANDS THAT SUCK BECAUSE TR00 METAL WILL CONQUOR AND SURVIVE ALL GENRES OF MUSIC FOR LIFE!!! KEEP IT METAL xXx
HAILS!!! \m/

# May 1, 2007 @ 4:39 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. CrawfordTexasJingoJango writes:

I just think it's because they got tired of tasting each others' jizm and they thought they'd pursue other avenues of homosexual intent and forced anal intercourse.

They broke up, but they called it a "hiatus" so when the money runs out, they can spend a week in the studio churning out another mouthful of diarrhea and make another few million dollars.

...AND they JUST broke up after last summer! Let 'em fxcking die!

# May 1, 2007 @ 4:42 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. dmasa writes:

after there latest cd i dont know if I want them back....

# May 1, 2007 @ 6:00 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. kallah writes:

Wait... System of a Down is metal?

# May 1, 2007 @ 6:45 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Public Execution writes:

A lot of hating on SOAD. I wouldn't consider them metal, but I definatly wouldn't consider them bad. They are a good band that has led a lot of people to heavier music. However, their new albums were not nearly as good as toxicity was.

# May 1, 2007 @ 7:06 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. Murderface writes:

You know what? I still like the debut alot, and Toxicity holds some fond memories, but it was all downhill after that.

# May 1, 2007 @ 7:10 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. Cha CHAOs writes:

I'm a fan...shame the way this is turning out.

# May 1, 2007 @ 7:48 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. StabbingTheDrama writes:

SWEET!!! PLEASE STAY AWAY!!! I used to like them but the singing just gets old real quick and then annoying.

# May 1, 2007 @ 7:56 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. BodomBastard writes:

i hate system of a down! this is good news for the metal community!

# May 1, 2007 @ 8:12 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. Xplayer writes:

They'll get back together, trust me , they always do

# May 1, 2007 @ 9:43 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. Death Metal writes:

I'm a fan system of a down and i think that they will come back and do a another album then call it quits.

# May 1, 2007 @ 10:22 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. xxxbodomofmynutsxxx writes:

wow MY post name is so cool!!!!!!!

# May 2, 2007 @ 12:22 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. xXxBODOM OF MY HEARTxXx writes:

hahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahaha omg!!!
wow you are so damn creative NOT!!!
sucka mind is still cooler.....w00pw00p

# May 2, 2007 @ 12:24 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. rjhweb writes:

Thank f***ing god!! Please SOAD..never come back!! The only thing better than this band never sh**ting out any horrible music again..would be...NO solo albums!! Please..for the love of Jesus..NO MORE SOAD!!!! Wow..listen to me b****in like a little b****! Seriously though..this has to be one of the corniest bands ever.

# May 2, 2007 @ 1:15 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. Zero 54 writes:

F*** all you guys, System is an excellent band, they have produce many memorable songs like chop suey, soldiers side, aerials, innervison, byob, spiders, holy mountain all their material is excellent each song is different. They are a typical metal band, their alternative nu metal. Their a great gateway band into metal. They were for me back into 2001 with Toxcity. This hiatus is f***ing bullsh**. I have really enjoyed this band through the years and i stand by them

# May 2, 2007 @ 2:10 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. the antihippy writes:

to everyone who thinks SOAD isn't metal....... what do you think they are, R'n'B?

Sorry, but they are metal, they just added other influences in it.

i wish that they're back togeter. :( though hopefully serj's solo album would be good too.

# May 2, 2007 @ 4:57 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. eeh writes:

not a fan of soad, dont even like em but still, they are metal, nu-metal. Not that bad of a band rly just not my taste.

# May 2, 2007 @ 7:43 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. SmilingGunman writes:

hey Zero54

think again before calling soad an excellent band. for i know excellent bands DONT insult other nations. for i know that real music bands respects everybody and real musicians arent racist.
SOAD IS THE MOST RACIST BAND IVE KNOWN!!!! SO THINK AGAIN BEFORE DEFENDING SOME TURKISH HATER BAND,, WHO INSULTS INNOCENT PEOPLE! THATS NOT WHAT MUSIC IS ABOUT! its about respect. and soad doesnt have even %1 of respect. i hate soad. they insult the turkish people all the time.

well i ask this; hey soad, why dont you just come to Turkey for a concert? too scared? yep i thought so.

# May 2, 2007 @ 2:40 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. Diamond Oz writes:

"SOAD IS THE MOST RACIST BAND IVE KNOWN!!!! "

Then perhaps you should check out:

Skrewdriver
Brutal Attack
Fortress
Bound For Glory
H8 Machine
Final War
Pig Killer
Sniper
Celtic Warrior
Warhammer
Johnny Rebel
Rebel Hell
Final Solution
No Remorse
Skullhead
Chingford Attack
Blue Eyed Devils
Landser

Well ya get the point! SOAD isn't anti- Turkey so much as anti- genocide. Don't get me wrong I know alot of Turks and they're good people but the fact is they did kill a load of Armenians and it wasn't recognized. When Armenia starts demanding reperaions then maybe you can be p***ed off.

Anyway I like SOAD personally but I realize alot of people don't. It's all good!

# May 2, 2007 @ 3:40 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. deathmetalrules420 writes:

ive always liked there first two cds.....and steal this album wasnt all that bad....but i would agree that the new sh** pisses me off and am a little glad they r on hiatus

# May 2, 2007 @ 4:43 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. Zero 54 writes:

There are alot of politcal and "racist" bands today like disturbed or stone sour. Music is not about respect its about its about music dumb s*** it what ever you want it to be. Maybe you can try to earn a little about the Armenian Genocide, then maybe you can see threw your ignorance and not see everything in black and white.

# May 2, 2007 @ 5:16 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. Zach writes:

NNNNNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

# May 2, 2007 @ 5:56 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. Diamond Oz writes:

How are Stone Sour racist?

# May 2, 2007 @ 6:18 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. Zero 54 writes:

They aren't at all racist, but very liberal in their songs, i was tring to make a point that soad isn't "racist", but politically motivated.

# May 2, 2007 @ 8:40 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. Public Execution writes:

All SOAD wants is for the Armenian genocide to be recognized. Could you imagine what Israel would do if nobody recognized the Holocaust? They are definatly not racist.

# May 2, 2007 @ 11:04 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. Terminator writes:

you want racist, check out David Allen Coe's stuff.

all music offends somebody, its all about perspective.

# May 2, 2007 @ 11:49 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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27. the antihippy writes:

soad racist?

hahahahahahahaHAAHAHAAAAAAAAA

seriously, you lose. they ain't racist at all.

# May 3, 2007 @ 3:43 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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28. Diamond Oz writes:

Ah right I get ya now Zero. The thing is though, some of the most offensive music can still be really good lol.

# May 3, 2007 @ 4:07 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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29. SmilingGunman writes:

all right maybe there are more racist bands i havent heard about. but i have to say this,
first of all believe me, i do know much more about this so called genocide than you can imagine. because im turkish
second, on soad concert, the posters said, "no turks and dogs allowed" if thats not racist than what is?
aaaand last but not least if you think that this so called genocide is true then visit this http://www.armenian-genocide-lie.com/
youre probably gonna say "f**k of thats your problem" yep. it is. and dont expect me to stand by and watch while this cr*ppy band gets praised for no credit. i bet if you were in my shoes youd say the same things.

# May 4, 2007 @ 9:48 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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30. Zero 54 writes:

Smiling Gunman i sorry that you have to take sh** for being turkish, but the Armenian Genocide happened it destroyed thousands of lives, i am a history major focused on 20th Cenutry World History. Don't trust all websites you see, try to find offical, neutral, 3rd party, or unbiased sources for your information. That site you stated isn't very credibile, its non expansive, but by extreme indiviuals 90 years after the genocide occured, a brief essay on it is here http://www.freeessays.cc/db/26/hsz157.shtml i felt the author brought up some good points

As for the No Turks No Dogs sign u talk is f***ing pathetic. It would piss me off also if i were to see it. However i highly doubt the the band put those up, but they were still there. I haven't found lyrics insulting the Turkish race, but you find lyrics critical of corprate or totalalitan government. I have never agreed with much of systems politics myself, but they have been a great live band with 5 excellent albums

# May 4, 2007 @ 4:42 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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31. The Truth writes:

System of a Down are too mainstream to be considered real metal.

# May 7, 2007 @ 10:09 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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32. Terminator writes:

no, their too NOT metal to be considered metal

# May 7, 2007 @ 10:12 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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33. xXxBODOM OF MY HEARTxXx writes:

HAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAH ^^^^^^ soo true HAHAHAAHAHAHHAHAHA

# May 7, 2007 @ 10:13 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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34. slayerdisciple writes:

despite how much i like them agreed with post 32

# May 7, 2007 @ 11:30 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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35. JAMES 44 writes:

oh my GOD my # 2 band of the world after slipknot are end, i'm sad to hear that.hopefully slipknot dont breakup too

# May 8, 2007 @ 3:54 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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36. the antihippy writes:

i still think that they are metal though....they're too heavy to be hard rock (even if they're last 2 albums are a little hard rockish) and their main sound centre around metal riffs.

# May 8, 2007 @ 8:19 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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37. SlayerDoom writes:

I must admit, i saw System at Ozzfest last year and was not all that impressed. I really wanted to see Hatebreed, Unearth, Black Label Society, and Ozzy. But now seven months later, my friend has really turned me onto some of their old stuff. The first two albums were the best, Steal this Album sucked, and their new stuff had some good songs but overall wasnt worth the 14.99 to buy it.

# May 8, 2007 @ 4:53 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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38. dead_beat writes:

i use to like SOAD in the toxicity days but i dont like their new stuff and they are NOT metal!

# May 8, 2007 @ 5:37 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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39. metalhead03 writes:

i used to like them back in the day's of chop suey and toxicity but now they could be a whole lot better
but still u cant talk crap about them, their a really good band

# May 10, 2007 @ 11:02 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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40. 666maggot writes:

What happend to soad??given up?maybe....they were good but ive changed to slipknot!! stay (sic)

# May 11, 2007 @ 2:56 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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41. The Truth writes:

Replying to post 32

well basically anything in the mainstream isnt real metal so yeah you said the same thing I did but whatever idc

# May 12, 2007 @ 7:34 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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42. the antihippy writes:

since when is main-stream a genre? if metallica is mainstream (which they are- 90 million album sales), does that make them not metal? god........

# May 12, 2007 @ 9:20 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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43. Stephen writes:

To post 31: That's a really subjective way of looking at it. I mean, define "mainstream". Is Slayer mainstream? They've had a Grammy nod, music videos played on mtv and Fuse, and a billboard top 10 album. So, are they still metal?

Where do you draw the line?

# May 12, 2007 @ 12:39 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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44. trash writes:

ur all trash. soad owns all.

# May 17, 2007 @ 9:45 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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45. ez92 writes:

soad is really good but they are kind of losing their metal

# Jun 1, 2007 @ 12:50 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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46. Person writes:

I've got some sht to say:
SOAD are not nu-metal 1. Because Serj can actually write some poetic and meaningful lyrics unlike the "I hate my mommy" crap slipknot usually come up with
2. Serj doesnt rap.
3. Daron can really duke it out with his guitar (check out the self-titled) and even sprinkles some short solos now and then.SOAD has never had boring korny 3 chord riffs.
4. John's drumming is fairly technical and it ain't sloppy like say John Otto or Joey Jordison.
5. SOAD have more in common with Testament and Meshuggah (check out their self-titled) than Korn or Limp Bizkit.
6. Most of their songs have a progressive feel to them, even though they arent very long.

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47. Diamond Oz writes:

I wouldn't call John Otto's drumming sloppy or Joey Jordison. Like their bands or not both can kick it on the drums.

# Jun 1, 2007 @ 9:34 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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48. the antihppy writes:

dolmayan's drumming is more varied though.

# Jun 1, 2007 @ 10:38 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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49. fistface writes:

wow... i can't believe i read all those comments, i must be bored. I can't believe what we are arguing here, it's ridiculous really. Nu-Metal is not only 90's rap metal. What about bands like Nothingface, Factory 81, Primer 55, and Mudvayne (first album)? There is no doubt that system of a down, planted it's roots in 90's NuMetal, alongside other bands such as Fear Factory, who straddled the NuMetal boundaries. They did however evolve away from a strict metal cookie cutout. So what? They always were a cross-over band, even from the first album. I don't believe that a band gaining popularity, makes them less of a certain genre. No matter how famous bands like Black Sabbath, and Iron Maiden are: THEY ARE STILL f***ING METAL. I'ts just that SOAD sucks d*** now.

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