The organizers of Hellfest have been officially canceled after the French government culture ministry said summer events would be allowed to go ahead — but with a limit of 5,000 people, all of whom must remain seated, to meet COVID-19 restrictions.This is a bad sign for the upcoming European festival circuit this year as other countries are likely to follow the same protocols. The Union of Contemporary Music (SMA), which represents festivals, concert venues and producers, said late Thursday that the figure had been agreed at a meeting with culture minister Roselyne Bachelot. Hellfest, which drew 180,000 people in 2019, generally features a lineup which is 90 percent made up of international acts and 20 percent of spectators coming from abroad. Hellfest 2021 was to have featured Deftones, Faith No More, System of A Down, Judas Priest, Puscifer, Korn, Volbeat, Opeth, Dropkick Murphys, Northlane, Deep Purple, Wardruna, Rival Sons, Devin Townsend, Suicidal Tendencies, and more.
System of a Down vocalist and political activist Serj Tankian will release a new solo collection of rock songs, Elasticity, on March 19. The official music video for the EP’s title track, which was directed by Vlad Kaptur,
will arrive tonight (Thursday, February 4) at 9:00 p.m. PST / 12:00 a.m. EST. is out now!
System Of A Down has shared their new music video for their recent comeback single – “Genocidal Humanoidz. The video debuted during a live Q & A fundraiser the band held on their YouTube channel and was seen by 150,000+ viewers when it went live. Watch it now!
System Of A Down has shared the details of a very special livestream fundraising event on Saturday, January 30, culminating with the music video premiere of the band’s “Genocidal Humanoidz” single. The stream continues to support their humanitarian efforts in their ancestral homeland of Armenia when needed most. The livestream will be broadcast exclusively on the band’s official YouTube channel.
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.
Sepultura launched their “SepulQuarta’ weekly series of covers collaborations with guests from across music at the start of the pandemic. They also featured history lessons about the band and question-and-answer sessions with the fans. Now the band will release a full-length album in 2021, including jams with members of Megadeth, Testament, Anthrax, System Of A Down, Trivium, and Sacred Reich.
“We started it on April 22nd — [that] was [when we did] the first one — and we did every week for many months, and then we [did] it every 15 days, and then we changed the [day of the week when we uploaded new episodes]. And it was an amazing experience. 28 songs we played. It was more than a three-hour concert. It was amazing. Really.”
According to Kisser, the “SepulQuarta” album will be unlike anything that SEPULTURA has ever released before.
“I think it’s really exciting, because it’s very unique,” he said. “Of course, we’re gonna remix the sound and everything, make it the best that we can, but the versions are there. This is something [made] possible only because of the quarantine situation, of the lockdown. Imagine we’re doing an album like that in normal circumstances; it would be impossible.
“And the great thing about that [is that] everybody was so excited to be a part of it and really happy to play SEPULTURA stuff,” he added. “We [played with] people that influenced SEPULTURA; we had bands that were influenced by SEPULTURA, we had Brazilian artists; pop artists, metal artists. The version of ‘Ratamahatta’ was so unique, so different. And we didn’t see any limitations. We used two drums [on some songs], we used two basses on songs, three guitars and two vocals — not any limitations — and we managed to [make it] work.”
Metal legends System of A Down have reached a new milestone as the video for the song “Chop Suey!” has surpassed one billion views on YouTube. The band becomes one of the few elite rock or metal a diverse and elite group of artists to surpass the one-billion mark, a list which includes Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit”, Guns N’ Roses’ “November Rain”, Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” and Linkin Park’s “Numb” and “In The End”. The band recently reunited to drop two new songs, their first new music in 15 years, in support of the beleaguered countries of Artsakh and Armenia. “Protect The Land” and “Genocidal Humanoidz” are the two new singles, now available on Bandcamp for purchase (link below) where band proceeds go toward the ArmeniaFund. The funds from Bandcamp + pre-orders of our new merch collection will be used to provide crucial, desperately needed aid and basic supplies for those affected by these hideous acts.
Metal legends System of A Down has surprise dropped two new songs, their first new music in 15 years, in support of the beleaguered countries of Artsakh and Armenia. “Protect The Land” and “Genocidal Humanoidz” are the two new singles, now available on Bandcamp for purchase (link below) where band proceeds go toward the ArmeniaFund. The funds from Bandcamp + pre-orders of our new merch collection will be used to provide crucial, desperately needed aid and basic supplies for those affected by these hideous acts. Jam out to these new System songs now and read a message from the band.
Ever championing political awareness both at home and abroad, and the state of their Armenian heritage and homeland, System of A Down has made a statement and is raiding awareness about the military attack by Azerbaijan on Artsakh. Please read and share. Continue reading
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