System of a Down had one of the biggest stories in 2020 when they reunited and released two new songs for charity to benefit Armenia. Now Serj and Shavo have joined Zane Lowe on Apple Music to discuss their new songs “Protect the Land” and “Genocidal Humanoidz”, why they hadn’t come back before now, except as a live act, and more. Watch the video and read some excerpts now courtesy of Zane Lowe on Apple Music.
Truth To Power, the documentary about the social justice movement started by System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian will make its world premiere at Cannes Virtual Market this week. The film is Executive Produced by Oscar® Nominee Joe Berlinger (Paradise Lost Trilogy, Somekind of Monster, Metallica Through The Never) and Live Nation Productions, the film offers exclusive access to the man behind the music, award-winning director/writer/producer Garin Hovannisian (“I Am Not Alone”) captures both intimate and historic public moments, including Serj’s role in inspiring the massive peaceful protests of 2018’s Velvet Revolutionin his native Armenia which successfully ousted an oligarchic regime. Watch the trailer below! The film features an original soundtrack composed by Serj. Continue reading
System Of A Down frontman Serj Tankian spoke to Grammy.com about “Elasticity”, his upcoming solo EP of what he has previously described as “rock songs.” He said of the material he originally intended for the abandoned new SOAD album : “These were primarily songs that I wanted to do with SYSTEM. When we weren’t able to see eye to eye I just went ahead and finished them. They have more synth flavors than most SYSTEM songs do, more arpeggiated stuff like that, but they still have the heavy groove and also a lot of beautiful ballady stuff that is more like ‘Elect The Dead’ and some of my earlier solo stuff. It’s a really good EP.” It’s due later in 2020. Due later this year, “Elasticity”‘s title is a play on SOADs massive 2001 album “Toxicity”.Continue reading
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New Kscope signees O.R.K., made up of world-class progressive music masters have shared the first new music from their new album, Ramagehead, due on 22nd of February. As a testament to their greatness, the new single and video for ‘Black Blooms’ features vocals from System of a Down frontman Serj Tankian. Check it out! Continue reading
Guitar master Steve Dadaian is releasing his new full-length album in early 2019 dubbed Follow The Light. The album releases on February 1st and promises more shred guitar, symphonic style arrangements, and wild melodies. The album also features appearances from Bjorn Strid of Soilwork, intro theme by Serj Tankian of System of a Down! Pre-Orders are live now via Bandcamp, and other retailers next month. Watch the first video for the title track right now. Continue reading
I owe Daron Malakian an apology. I was going to make every effort to try and disaggregate Scars on Broadway from System Of A Down, but Malakian is such a huge, distinctive personality and performer with a powerful influence and a unique (and that’s not a word that is used lightly on these hallowed pages) way of presenting his musical ideas that it’s impossible to do so. Added to this, we now know from statements emanating from both Malakian and Serj Tankian that some of the tracks on the second Scars… album, Dictator (independent release) had been mooted for a potential SOAD reunion album, but with that possibility, seemingly increasingly distant, Malakian, who recorded all the instruments as well as the songwriting and performing the vocals, has taken the step of releasing the album after sitting on the tracks for six years. Continue reading
As previously reported by Ghost Cult, System Of A Down/Scars on Broadway guitarist and singer Daron Malakian has confirmed to Kerrang! magazine that SOAD has been stalled in its attempts to record a follow-up to its Mezmerize and Hypnotize doublealbums, released in 2005. The band had been in the studio the last few years and recorded some demos for new songs, but apparently, Serj Tankian has been the lone holdout.Continue reading