Serj Tankian of System of A Down Readies New EP of SOAD Leftovers

System Of A Down frontman Serj Tankian spoke to 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

System of A Down Announce More Shows For Summer 2020

System of A Down has already been announced for festivals such as Download in 2020, and now added new festivals and headline shows for Europe next summer. All dates are below, but not all are on sale yet. The band played a couple of U.S. Music festivals this past May, including headlining slots at Columbus, Ohio’s Sonic Temple Festival and Chicago Open Air which Ghost Cult attended and were as great as ever! The band has repeatedly teased making new music, only to fight in the press and blame creative differences as to why they are not making a new album any time soon. Their last new music was their companion releases Mezmerize and Hypnotize albums, in 2005. Continue reading

Watch System of a Down Play Their Hits at Chicago Open Air

Fans braved the rain and a delay to make it through day one if Chicago Open Air yesterday (May 18th). And they did tough it out just to see System of a Down continue their live reunion. Following their set the night before at Sonic Temple, the band played a huge, long set list of twenty-five tracks in a killer performance. Watch fan-filmed footage of the entire performance and more from SOAD right now, and see the full setlist below. Continue reading

October 12th 2018 New Music Releases

Check out all of today’s new releases in the music world you need to know about, from your friends at Ghost Cult! Continue reading

Watch Daron Malakian And Scars On Broadway Perform At The Grammy Museum

LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 23: Daron Malakian performs at The Drop: Daron Malakian at The GRAMMY Museum on July 23, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rebecca Sapp/WireImage) *** Local Caption *** Daron Malakian

On the heels of releasing his new album, Dictator, with his band Scars On Broadway, Daron Malakian stopped by The Grammy Museum in Hollywood for a special unplugged performance. The band played songs from all of their albums, including some deep cuts and System of A Down covers too. Check out these exclusive photos by Rebecca Sapp for and some footage from the gig. Continue reading

Daron Malakian & Scars on Broadway – Dictator


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

System Of A Down Confirms A New Album Is Not In The Works

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 double albums, 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

Listen To A Brand New Scars On Broadway Song – Lives

Scars On Broadway (Daron Malakian of System of A Down) have dropped a brand new single for their next as yet, untitled release. ‘Lives” was shared by the band on their Instagram, which you can see below. They are also releasing a music video for the track later today. Continue reading

System Of A Down Announce Mini Tour For Next Fall

Among the big announcement that System Of A Down would headline the next Aftershock Festival, is also that the band have announced a series of tour dates. Direct support at some shows will come from At The Drive-In, Clutch, Pallbearer, Skeletonwitch and perhaps more bands. No word from the band yet on whether there will be more dates added, or any new music to come along with this tour. Full tour dates are below. Continue reading