System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian On Upcoming Solo EP: “For Me, It’s Not ‘Toxicity’ But It Is ‘Toxicity’”

Serj Tankian previously revealed that he was planning to release a new EP featuring songs he originally wrote for System Of A Down and now he has offered more information on the effort. During a recent interview with Spin, the singer was asked about the sound of the EP and he said for him “it’s not ‘Toxicity‘ but it is ‘Toxicity‘.”

Tankian said the following:

“Originally I had these songs in mind for a System record if we were to end up doing a System record. But as we could not really see eye to eye on how to go forward with that I decided to finish them off myself and release them as an EP.”

He later added:

“I always have random rock tracks done at different times and I sit on them. And then one day the right project or right idea for releasing them will come along. They all have piano or synthesizers, which is a little different than the four-person crew with System, although we had some synths as well. It’s got stuff that’s really heavy, heavy and there’s a funny aspect and then there’s a song about my son.

It kind of runs the gauntlet on diversity of thematic expression: political, non-political. I guess that’s always been me, all over the place. I think I’m gonna call it ‘Elasticity‘ just because I wanted to do it with System and it didn’t happen.

For me, it’s not ‘Toxicity‘ but it is ‘Toxicity‘. [Laughs.] That’s what I’m thinking of calling it. I haven’t finalized it, but that’s what I’m thinking of calling it. We’ll probably put it out later this year.”

Serj Tankian (System Of A Down) & Jimmy Urine (Mindless Self Indulgence) Release “Fuktronic” Album

Serj Tankian (System Of A Down) and Jimmy Urine (Mindless Self Indulgence) have officially released their “Fuktronic” album. You can find that on the service of your choice HERE. The music was supposed to be part of a British Gangster film that the musicians were working on, but it appears the movie was never finished.

Serj Tankian (System Of A Down) Releases New Solo Track “Hayastane”

System Of A Down frontman Serj Tankian has released a new solo song titled “Hayastane.” The track features lyrics by Armenian prime minister Nikol Pashinyan and all of the proceeds from it will go towards the My Step Foundation.

Tankian commented:

“During these challenging times of pandemic and lockdown, we wanted to give the people of Armenia a present of hope that they themselves can share with the world. The goal was to write a song that represented a victorious celebration of the Armenian spirit, covering the past, present, and future of our nation. Please enjoy!

100% of the revenues from this song will be donated to the My Step Foundation in Armenia. My Step Foundation is an amazing charity that is spearheading many meaningful initiatives within Armenia focusing on public health, education, culture, social welfare, environment along with other sectors in need, including the current crisis surrounding COVID-19.

Their current COVID-19 response for Armenian citizens include support to elderly groups, the disabled and other vulnerable populations in the country in the form of care packages, nutrition and hygiene products; the purchasing of vital medical supplies (masks, gloves, insulators, and other personal protective equipment) for medical and other first response teams within Armenia, and the purchasing and distribution of computers and tablets, while helping to provide education for students in need within vulnerable families in regions of severe distress.”

System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian Teams Up With Sebu & Misho On New Song “Introvert (Call Me Crazy)”

System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian has collaborated with Sebu (Capital Cities) and Misho on a new song titled “Introvert (Call Me Crazy).“ Sebu discussed the track with Billboard and Tankian also commented via social media:

“Always fun to work with good friends whom you also deeply respect as artists. After hanging out a few times over Armenian Apricot Vodka and food, we decided to do a track together for fun and this song is the result. This is the best of Armenian hip hop @mishohayteam coupled with gorgeous pop melodies from @sebusimonian with whatever the fuck I do-Enjoy ‘Introvert-Call Me Crazy.’”

Serj Tankian (System Of A Down) To Speak At New Zealand Parliament Event On Armenian Genocide

Serj Tankian (System Of A Down), who is the grandchild of Armenian Genocide survivors, will be discussing the tragedy and how it personally impacted his life during a New Zealand Parliament event next month. The invitation-only event will be hosted by Gareth Hughes and it will also feature Dr. Panayiotis Diamadis, who will discuss how New Zealanders helped out victims of the Armenian, Assyrian and Greek genocides during World War I. ANC-NZ chair Hoory Yeldizian commented:

“We thank Mr. Tankian and Dr. Diamadis for accepting our invitation, which will continue our recent efforts with Professor Taner Akcam in advocating for New Zealand’s recognition of the Armenian, Assyrian and Greek genocides.”

[via Blabbermouth]

System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian Condemns Trump’s Attack On Iran: “We’re Saying No To Another War!”

System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian has denounced the recent U.S. airstrike that took out Iran’s top general Qassem Soleimani. Donald Trump personally ordered the attack and Nancy Pelosi has since released a statement saying that it was done “without the consultation of Congress.” Iran’s leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has also warned that a “harsh retaliation is waiting.” Tankian tweeted the following about the situation:

[via Blabbermouth]

Serj Tankian (System Of A Down) Teams Up With HEX For Limited Edition Backpack

Serj Tankian (System Of A Down) has teamed up with HEX to create his own branded backpack. Only 300 bags are available and they can be purchased HERE.

Here’s a description of the backpack:

The HEX x Serj Tankian Backpack was developed in collaboration with the iconic artist, composer, and frontman of System Of A Down to meet the demands of Serj’s travel needs. The bag is finished in premium steel grey brushed nylon and features a lining printed with Serj’s artwork titled “Space Clock”. There is also a “Space Clock” pin, a hidden earbud pocket, as well as plush lined laptop pocket, separate tablet pocket, and various internal pockets specifically sized for hard drives and other tools of the trade. More of Serj’s artwork can be seen in the tonal stripes located on the bag’s front pocket and straps. Serj has even composed original music that can be accessed only by scanning the bag’s label with the Arloopa app. This provides a one-of-a-kind multimedia experience allowing you to hear the soundtrack of the bag. Wow!

System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian Appears On Newly Released “Game Of Thrones” Season 8 Soundtrack

“Game Of Thrones” officially came to an end last night (May 19) and the season eight soundtrack is now available for purchase. Among the songs featured on the release is a studio version of “The Rains Of Castamere,” which includes vocals from System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian. You can stream that below. If you missed it, you can also find footage of the singer performing the track live during the 2017 “Game Of Thrones Live Concert Experience” in Los Angeles HERE.

Serj Tankian Joins Tom Morello Onstage For Cover Of Audioslave’s “Like A Stone” At Sonic Temple

During his May 17 set at the Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival in Columbus, OH, Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine, etc.) was joined onstage by System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian. You can see footage of them performing Audioslave’s “Like A Stone” in honor of the late Chris Cornell (Soundgarden, etc.) at the 4:28 mark in the below video:

System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian Teams Up With Members Of Dethklok On New Cover Of Blue Öyster Cult’s “Godzilla”

System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian and Dethklok‘s Brendon Small, Bryan Beller, and Gene Hoglan (also of Testament) have joined forces for a new cover of Blue Öyster Cult‘s “Godzilla.“ The track was recorded for the new movie “Godzilla: King Of Monsters,” which will hit theaters on May 31. The soundtrack will be released earlier on May 24. Tankian commented:

“Surprise!! So my friend composer Bear McCreary calls last year and says “I have a crazy idea-would you sing on the cover of Blue Öyster Cult’s Godzilla for the film “Godzilla-King of the Monsters?” Fuck yeah!!!!!! The track features a full orchestra, Japanese Taiko drums, a male chanting choir and the thrashing rock sounds of Dethklok (Brendon Small, Gene Hoglan, and Bryan Beller) from Metalocalypse…”

[via Rolling Stone]