Serj Tankian (System Of A Down) To Release New EP “Perplex Cities” In October

System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian will be releasing a new EP, titled “Perplex Cities,” on October 21. Fans can pre-save the effort HERE.

“Perplex Cities” Track Listing:

01. “Pop Imperialism”
02. “The Race”
03. “I Spoke Up”
04. “Rumi Loves His Cars”
05. “Forgive Me Father”

Tankian commented:

“This whole collection of songs within ‘Perplex Cities‘ is a completely different sound than what I’ve done before. More electronic, subtle and deeper in terms of its layers of presentation musically. ‘Perplex Cities‘ gives off an aura that is unique and unlike my previous releases.”

The effort’s first single, “Pop Imperialism,” is available as part of an augmented reality experience on the Arloopa app. Tankian said the following about that:

“I’m always trying to create new and interesting ways to connect with people via my music. We made some amazing videos for the last EP ‘Elasticity‘, so I wanted to try something different for ‘Perplex Cities‘. I love the idea of appearing in the room with someone listening to my music. It’s intimate, fun, and different.”

Watch System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian Perform “Empty Walls” With The Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra

During an appearance at the Starmus Festival in Yerevan, Armenia, System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian joined the Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra for a live performance of his song “Empty Walls.” You can see footage of that below:

[via The PRP]

Serj Tankian (System Of A Down) Premieres “Amber” Music Video

Serj Tankian (System Of A Down) has shared a new song titled “Amber.” This track features Sevak Armroyan and an official video for it can be found below:

Tankian commented:

“‘Amber‘ was written in 2017 after I visited Armenia along with my friends Atom & Arsinee Egoyan and Eric Nazarian as members of the coalition ‘Justice For Armenia’ to serve as election monitors for the Parliamentary elections. I was so distraught by the slick theft of the elections before ever reaching the ballot box that I wrote this song as a response.

The lyrics however seem to be more poignant today when Armenians are divided politically and socially following the devastating attack on Nagorno-Karabagh and Armenia by Azerbaijan and Turkey in 2020 and the continuous fallout over negotiations with those two dictatorial regimes. ‘Amber’s’ message is that of unity and harmony. Those are the only truly powerful weapons of the Armenian nation.”

He continued:

“Sevak’s voice has a unique strength harking back to our people’s native lands. I loved listening to his songs like ‘Yarkhushta’ so when we met I was excited to work on something with him.”

Armroyan also added:

“NaturalIy, I have listened to Serj Tankian‘s music since childhood and always with a sense of pride. After getting acquainted with him, I realized that in addition to being an iconic musician he’s also a very proud Armenian. I am happy about our collaboration and thankful to Serj that we’re singing ‘Amber‘ together. It’s a great honor for me.”

New Song With Vocals From System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian Featured In Latest Trailer For “Metal: Hellsinger” Video Game

A new trailer has been shared for the upcoming video game “Metal: Hellsinger.” The clip includes a new song, titled “No Tomorrow,” which features System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian. As previously reported, the rhythm shooter will also feature contributions from Lamb Of God’s Randy Blythe, Trivium‘s Matt Heafy, Arch Enemy‘s Alissa White-Gluz, Dark Tranquillity‘s Mikael Stanne, Soilwork‘s Björn “Speed” Strid, Jinjer‘s Tatiana Shmailyuk, and Black Crown Initiate’s James Dorton. The game was developed by The Outsiders and it will be released in 2022 on various platforms.

Serj Tankian (System Of A Down) To Release New Live Album “Live At Leeds” In April

Serj Tankian & The F.C.C. will be releasing a new live album, titled “Live At Leeds,” on April 8. The System Of A Down frontman tweeted the following about that:

System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian Tells Jimmy Page Man Who Signed Led Zeppelin Gave His Philanthropic Support To Denial Of Armenian Genocide

System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian has called out Ahmet Ertegun, the Atlantic Records founder and CEO who signed Led Zeppelin, for funding the denial of the Armenian Genocide. The singer’s comments were a response to Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page, who recently shared some throwback photos from a 2007 tribute show for Ertegun.

Tankian said the following:

“Dear Mr. @jimmypage. Its very admirable that @ledzeppelin played a tribute show in 2007 for Ahmed Ertegun as the man who signed your band to Atlantic records. What you likely don’t know is that man spent millions of dollars on think tanks and chairs at various US universities all with the goal of denying the #ArmenianGenocide. There is absolutely no honor in that I’m sure you’ll agree.”

He also added the following after the story was picked up by Blabbermouth:

“Good article by @blabbermouthmusic reviewing my dealings with Ahmet Ertegun based on my interviews from #truthtopowerfilm We will post the clip from that soon. I want to restate that although Ahmet Ertegun had spent millions in denying the #ArmenianGenocide through US think tanks and university chairs hiring denialists, he did tell me that he believed that Turkey should recognize it. When I said great, will you put that on paper, he said they would burn his house down in Turkey (even though he clearly stated he was close to President Erdogan there). I told him he should not do that then because I would not violence enacted upon him. This shows that even he was afraid of Turkey’s drift toward fascism or maybe he was just BS-ing to get what he wanted out of it”

Serj Tankian (System Of A Down) To Release New Live Album “Live In Edmonton”

Serj Tankian & The F.C.C. will be releasing a new live album, titled “Live In Edmonton,” on November 29. The System Of A Down frontman had the following to say about that:

“Check it out! Excited to announce the first of 2 live performance albums drops this coming Monday! Serj Tankian & The F.C.C. “Live In Edmonton” will be released on all major streaming platforms on 11/29 via Spotify Apple Music Deezer TIDAL and more. This set features the previously unreleased “Sounds Of War” along with a cover of “Holiday In Cambodia”. Check out this link to pre-save on Spotify.”

System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian Brings His New Art Exhibition “Not For Touching – The Intangible Composition” Online

System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian has announced that he will be bringing his art exhibition, “Not For Touching – The Intangible Composition,” online. The display will feature “a unique mix of the virtual and terrestrial via a collection of animated NFTs and archival giclée prints..”

More details were shared in a press release:

“Presented by CurioNFT, the 21 pieces will be unveiled, and on-sale, on Dec. 6 via an online, interactive gallery ( with various simulated rooms, large scale animated graphics masterfully created by Roger Kupelian (The Lord of The Rings, Hugo), and music scored by Tankian. A range of editions will be available including several one of one NFTs with an accompanying signed giclée print, four series of one of 25 NFTs with signed giclée prints as well as four one of 100 NFT only releases.”

“Tankian and CurioNFT will offset any environmental impact from the showing with the use of “lazy minting,” a process that reduces emissions, minting NFTs at times of low Ethereum usage, generating 2% of the emissions of a typical NFT minted on Ethereum. For context, when CurioNFT mints an NFT it generates carbon emissions equivalent to sending approximately 17 emails with attachments. In another step towards carbon neutrality, CurioNFT has pledged to offset emissions by planting over 12,000, and counting, trees. As of September, CurioNFT’s environmental efforts have offset over 300% of the carbon created by NFT sales.

The partnership has also pledged to donate 10% of sales to TUMO. The TUMO Center for Creative Technologies is a free-of-charge educational program that puts teens in charge of their own learning. With locations throughout Armenia, Lebanon, France, Russia, Germany and Albania, the program is made up of self-learning activities, workshops, and project labs that revolve around 14 learning targets, from animation to web development.”

Tankian also commented in a new Rolling Stone article:

“I got into painting to see my music. By adding musical compositions to art, we’ve created a more powerful encompassing experience for lovers of art and music. NFTs are a natural progression allowing the art and music to move within the scopes of our retinas and our creative minds. I called it ‘Not For Touching’ (NFT) cause it’s a lot sexier than non-fungible tokens.”

System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian On His Battle With COVID-19: “Being Vaccinated Helped Minimize My Symptoms And Suffering”

As previously reported, System Of A Down were forced to postpone two shows after Serj Tankian tested positive for COVID-19. Now, the frontman has shared a new update on his condition, while also thanking fans for their support:

“…I am overwhelmed and extremely grateful for the outpouring of love and concern from friends and strangers alike. I am doing well and hoping to be clear of all symptoms soon. I believe that being vaccinated helped minimize my symptoms and suffering. We have many in our community who are resistant to the vaccine. I do understand and am not someone who takes sides on this issue. I think every medical situation requires proper understanding of the patients gender, age, medical history and preconditions. Vaccines should be not different and their side effects taken into serious consideration. The health industry cannot operate as a one size fits all on anything anymore. It’s medically irresponsible. That said I’m happy I along with my elder parents are vaccinated. Thank you again for all the love.”

System Of A Down Postpone Los Angeles Shows After Serj Tankian Tests Positive For COVID-19

System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian has tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, the band have been forced to postpone their Los Angeles, CA shows with Korn, Helmet, and Russian Circles. The concerts will now take place at Banc Of California Stadium on February 4-5.

The band said the following:

“It is with great regret that we must reschedule our Los Angeles performances to February 4th and 5th, 2022. Despite multiple precautionary measures, Serj has unfortunately tested positive for COVID. We’re sorry to disappoint our amazing fans with this last minute news, as we could not wait to finally play for you.

However, the health of our band, crew, venue staff and all of our fans is our top priority. All tickets will be honored the rescheduled dates. Refund availability will be sent to all ticket buyers via email.”

Tankian also issued his own statement:

“After having 3 really fun shows, I got back to LA with flu-like symptoms. I am shocked that it could even be Covid as I am not just vaccinated but also incredibly careful. I am so sorry to have to push these dates yet again especially to those who made sacrifices to be here from out of town. Touring is not something I intend to continue doing down the line so these handful of shows have meant the world to me. Thank you for your love and understanding. Peace Serj”