Serj Tankian (System Of A Down) Films Video For New Solo Single

System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian recently filmed a music video for his new single “Rumi.“ That track will appear on his new EP “Elasticity,“ which will be released this fall.

System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian: “Will There Be Another System Record? I Don’t Know, But The Important Thing Is That We Enjoy Each Other”

During an interview with Sona Oganesyan, Serj Tankian once again commented on the lack of new System Of A Down music. The frontman said he is unsure if the band will ever release a new album, but he did add that their friendship is more important.

Tankian said the following:

“I think we all see eye to eye and we respect each other as friends and bandmembers, which is why we tour, which is why we have fun together, we rehearse together, we’re in the same space, we crack jokes. Our only problem is [not] seeing eye to eye artistically, and that’s not a bad thing. That’s what artists are.

Your dad’s an amazing painter. If he was to have to paint with someone else, who may be one of his best friends, but if they were doing a piece together, and even if your dad respected that guy’s work and if they were doing it together but your dad really wasn’t into the piece, and they just couldn’t agree on it, that’s okay — they can still remain friends and just not agree on the piece.

So that’s really what happened with us ultimately. There were woes of the past, which were aired, and I’m glad they were aired, because it needed to get out — not in public, but amongst us. And they were, and that happened. So that’s fine. The truth is all out there. You can go read it. I don’t need to regurgitate it. But the important thing is that we’ve gone beyond that.”

He continued:

“And the question is, will there be another System record? I don’t know. But the important thing is that we enjoy each other.

My friendship to Daron and the rest of the guys has always meant more than System Of A Down to me. Not everyone will say that to you, but I’ve always said that. Because that, to me, is more important. Because that’s where it started. The music was a byproduct of our friendship; our friendship wasn’t a byproduct of our music.

Everyone has a different way of looking at stuff. We’re four quite different personalities, and irrespective of being friends and all being Armenian, we’re quite different from each other, all of us. And that’s okay. That’s what’s made the music great. So it’s done that. But at the same time, we’re not all the same, we’re not always on the same page, and we’ll never be, really. And that’s okay.”

[via Blabbermouth]

System Of A Down’s Sej Tankian On The Highly Publicized Political Divide Between Him And John Dolmayan: “The Amount Of Online Hate And Stupidity Against Him And I Are Unjustifiable”

System Of A Down have been a politically charged band over the years, but members of the group have had drastically different views in recent times. Serj Tankian has continued to be critical of Donald Trump, while John Dolmayan has continued to show his support for the current administration. However, Tankian insists that they still respect each other and that “the amount of online hate and stupidity against [them] are unjustifiable.”

Tankian said the following:

“My drummer and brother in law @johndolmayan_ whom I love and respect irrespective of our extremely polarized political commentary and differences has always been my stalwart ally in efforts for recognition of the Armenian genocide within Soad.

The amount of online hate and stupidity against him and I are unjustifiable: social media has created an erroneous digital society that partially thrives on this reality. Remember irrespective of the stance, only artists that truly care and are impassioned will risk alienating their base for what they consider the truth.

Our dilemma and possible fallacy is that we have two in one band. Some may consider that a weakness but the artistic, political and social dichotomy if not quadrichotomy (not a word) has made @systemofadown what it is today. Thank you all for reading. We should all do more non-online reading :)”

Meanwhile, Dolmayan has also blasted the media and they way he has been portrayed in articles from outlets like MetalSucks and The Guardian:

“Anyone who perpetuates this kind of baseless attack is as blind to justice as they are void of character. These kinds of fascist tactics are indicative of the establishment machines attempt at silencing free speech and condemning diversity of thought whenever possible .it’s no surprise that the dangerous , billionaire funded ,extreme left along with their puppet mouthpieces in the media and entertainment industry resort to personal attacks and attempt to dehumanize those they deem a threat to their “revolution “.

These people will go to any lengths to destroy any narrative not in line with theirs and when they don’t have a substantive argument or factual backing data they simply insult the opposition and condemn them irrespective of truth.

It worked splendidly for Obama who spent most of his presidential campaigns insulting the character of his political opponents who made no attempt to use similar tactics and lost because of it. Trump simply looked to them for the winning method and took it to a new high ( or low).

This is not what we should be about , these are not the heroes we should respect , and I will not be scared into silence by people who think they have a moral high ground but who in actuality are morally bankrupt.”

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My drummer and brother in law @johndolmayan_ whom I love and respect irrespective of our extremely polarized political commentary and differences has always been my stalwart ally in efforts for recognition of the Armenian genocide within Soad. The amount of online hate and stupidity against him and I are unjustifiable: social media has created an erroneous digital society that partially thrives on this reality. Remember irrespective of the stance, only artists that truly care and are impassioned will risk alienating their base for what they consider the truth. Our dilemma and possible fallacy is that we have two in one band. Some may consider that a weakness but the artistic, political and social dichotomy if not quadrichotomy (not a word) has made @systemofadown what it is today. Thank you all for reading. We should all do more non-online reading 🙂

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Anyone who perpetuates this kind of baseless attack is as blind to justice as they are void of character. These kinds of fascist tactics are indicative of the establishment machines attempt at silencing free speech and condemning diversity of thought whenever possible .it’s no surprise that the dangerous , billionaire funded ,extreme left along with their puppet mouthpieces in the media and entertainment industry resort to personal attacks and attempt to dehumanize those they deem a threat to their “revolution “. These people will go to any lengths to destroy any narrative not in line with theirs and when they don’t have a substantive argument or factual backing data they simply insult the opposition and condemn them irrespective of truth. It worked splendidly for Obama who spent most of his presidential campaigns insulting the character of his political opponents who made no attempt to use similar tactics and lost because of it. Trump simply looked to them for the winning method and took it to a new high ( or low). This is not what we should be about , these are not the heroes we should respect , and I will not be scared into silence by people who think they have a moral high ground but who in actuality are morally bankrupt.

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Serj Tankian On Viral Video Of People Rocking Out To System Of A Down At A Nigerian Wedding Reception: “Simply Awesome”

A video of people rocking out to System Of A Down’s “Toxicity” at a Nigerian wedding reception recently went viral and it caught the attention of the band’s frontman Serj Tankian. He tweeted the following:

In addition to “Toxicity,” the reception also featured Asking Alexandria’s “Final Episode (Let’s Change the Channel)” and Disturbed’s “Down With The Sickness”:

John Dolmayan: “Whatever Your Politics You Are All Welcome, System Of A Down Is For All Of You And Always Will Be”

System Of A Down have been a politically charged band over the years, but members of the group have had drastically different views in recent times. Frontman Serj Tankian has continued to be critical of Donald Trump, while drummer John Dolmayan has continued to show his support for the current administration. Despite this, Dolmayan has insisted that the band’s music is for everyone no matter what their political beliefs may be.

Dolmayan said the following:

“To all the people who disagree with my opinions but still listen to what I have to say and argue respectfully I thank you. I thank you for your passion , I thank you for your heart and most of all I thank you for your different perspectives. As to system fans, some of you have been disheartened by my opinions and that’s affected your love of our music , that’s a shame, don’t be , they are just opinions after all

I accept all of you for who you are as you are and hope you understand disagreeing doesn’t mean not caring for each other. You are why all of us in system have what we have and we owe you a debt of gratitude for sticking with us all these years . Whatever your politics you are all welcome , System of a Down is for all of you and always will be. Music has the power to bring us all together if we can just put differences aside , thank you all I love you all”

This news comes after Tankian recently shared the lyrics for “Temper” online, while also adding: “if you love this song or play along to it and love Trump, you’re a hypocrite.”

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To all the people who disagree with my opinions but still listen to what I have to say and argue respectfully I thank you. I thank you for your passion , I thank you for your heart and most of all I thank you for your different perspectives. As to system fans, some of you have been disheartened by my opinions and that’s affected your love of our music , that’s a shame, don’t be , they are just opinions after all. I accept all of you for who you are as you are and hope you understand disagreeing doesn’t mean not caring for each other. You are why all of us in system have what we have and we owe you a debt of gratitude for sticking with us all these years . Whatever your politics you are all welcome , System of a Down is for all of you and always will be. Music has the power to bring us all together if we can just put differences aside , thank you all I love you all

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Serj Tankian On System Of A Down’s “Temper”: “If You Love This Song Or Play Along To It And Love Trump, You’re A Hypocrite”

System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian recently took to Instagram to share the lyrics for the band’s early track “Temper.” The frontman also added: “if you love this song or play along to it and love Trump, you’re a hypocrite.”

Tankian said the following:

“A very early @systemofadown song that was on one of our demos-lyrics below: if you love this song or play along to it and love Trump, you’re a hypocrite-just a simple fact 🙂 “Temper“”

He later continued:

“Let me add that obviously the song was written in the 90s and refers to injustice in the US and injustice by the US via successive Democratic and Republican administrations. I just find the most current one the most repugnant.”

Tankian’s views are extremely different from those of drummer John Dolmayan, who recently slammed people who opposed his right-wing views with the below controversial statement:

“The reason I post my opinions on this forum and open myself up to attack and ridicule is for you , the silent ones who think they are alone in a world where their thoughts are alien or wrong. You’re not alone , millions are with you. For those of you who think you are coming from a morally superior position therefore any differing opinion or viewpoint is invalid think again.

It’s the easy path to think like you , it’s in their best self interests for celebrities and politicians to support you but you will lose in the end because you are the very thing you pretend to fight against. The true fascist, the true bigots hidden in plain sight from the same party who fought to maintain slavery , Jim Crow , non voting rights for women , and who are directly responsible for 70 plus million abortions ,a large majority of whom were black.

You don’t want free speech , you can’t handle free speech because you are cowards and need to be herded along with the rest of the sheep. I’m lucky , I’m in an industry where you CAN be honest about your views wherever they fall with little to no repercussions.

I don’t rely on a movie studio , label , media or anyone else who will bow down to pandering political correctness and am in no danger whatsoever of “ losing my job” because you don’t like what I have to say . This is a dangerous time where free thought and speech is under attack but it will pass , the next generation is watching as they always do and they will overcome your insanity. Oh , happy birthday President Trump and good luck in November!”

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A very early @systemofadown song that was on one of our demos-lyrics below: if you love this song or play along to it and love Trump, you’re a hypocrite-just a simple fact 🙂 "Temper" We want peace with Patriot missiles, Blown to bits are civilian targets, Parade! Laugh! Rejoice! Sing! We’re the victors of…nothing, Spend more money on a war, Your people starving, turned to whores, Slaves of the chosen one paying millions for each bomb, Country without a race , Formed from people you disgrace , White right conservative might , Killers of Kennedy's with no fright , The American way! Freedom cried the marching man, Flags ripped out of their black hands , Beaten! Slain! Tortured! Killed! Their only mistake was being born here , Invade countries just for oil , Send your troops all down to boil , Iraq! Grenada! Nam and Chile! Truman doctrine our own way , Country without a race , Formed from people you disgrace , White right conservative might , Killers of Kennedy's with no fright , The American way! The Government (FBI-CIA) here can suck my balls , Policing the world in overalls , Armed rebellion minority , Disrespected race, color, mind , Crazed loonies all walk the streets , Missing children on milk cartons , Mother selling child for crack , Mr. President check your back , Country without a race , Formed from people you disgrace, White right conservative might , Killers of Kennedy's with no fright , The American way! The American way! The American way!

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The reason I post my opinions on this forum and open myself up to attack and ridicule is for you , the silent ones who think they are alone in a world where their thoughts are alien or wrong. You’re not alone , millions are with you. For those of you who think you are coming from a morally superior position therefore any differing opinion or viewpoint is invalid think again. It’s the easy path to think like you , it’s in their best self interests for celebrities and politicians to support you but you will lose in the end because you are the very thing you pretend to fight against. The true fascist, the true bigots hidden in plain sight from the same party who fought to maintain slavery , Jim Crow , non voting rights for women , and who are directly responsible for 70 plus million abortions ,a large majority of whom were black. You don’t want free speech , you can’t handle free speech because you are cowards and need to be herded along with the rest of the sheep. I’m lucky , I’m in an industry where you CAN be honest about your views wherever they fall with little to no repercussions. I don’t rely on a movie studio , label , media or anyone else who will bow down to pandering political correctness and am in no danger whatsoever of “ losing my job” because you don’t like what I have to say . This is a dangerous time where free thought and speech is under attack but it will pass , the next generation is watching as they always do and they will overcome your insanity. Oh , happy birthday President Trump and good luck in November!

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System Of A Down’s John Dolmayan Says It “Shouldn’t Be A Shock To Anybody” That Him & Serj Tankian Have Different Political Views

System Of A Down’s John Dolmayan has shared a new video to discuss the political divide between him and other members of the band. This news comes after the drummer controversially defended Donald Trump after frontman Serj Tankian called for “the regime to resign.”

Dolmayan said the following:

“We have differing opinions in System Of A Down. That shouldn’t be a shock to anybody, because you have four individuals — we’re not always like-minded and don’t always agree on everything. But you’d be surprised at how civil our conversations are, especially between me and Serj, who seem to have the most diverging opinions on things.

I have a lot of respect for Serj and his opinions, although I don’t agree with them very often these days. And that’s okay. We expand each other’s horizons — I like to think that he learns from me and I learn from him.”

He also added the following about fans commenting on his conservative views:

“Some of you have been sending me messages — in fact, quite a few — saying that you are thankful that I get out there and I put out a viewpoint that’s a little bit different. Others of you have been upset, disappointed, and have voiced their disappointment in different ways — some have been positive and some negative.

I take everything really lightly and I really don’t get too bothered by it. But I have had some dialogue with some people and I’ve enjoyed that — people that think differently, have a different perspective, and I really like getting that perspective.

Look, guys, a lot of you are very young, and as you gain experience in life, you will have different ways of looking at things and different perspectives, and it won’t mean as much to you to fit into certain boxes that people set for you. And I guess in a lot of ways that’s what’s happened to me, although I’ve always tended to think more conservatively.”

He continued:

“People shouldn’t sit there and allow their moral superiority in their heads — because you really aren’t morally superior to anyone, although you may think you are; you really aren’t. Especially if you don’t know the other person — you don’t know every aspect of their life, their motivations for things.

And also, generally speaking, you’re basing things based on your experiences without taking into consideration that your experiences are limited to you and they don’t represent everybody.

I see a lot of very famous people saying a lot of things, and I’m not sure if it’s coming from the heart. But I will always fight for what I think is right. Even if I’m later found out to be wrong, I will judge it then, and I am not afraid to change my position on things. But there’s just a lot of hypocrisy happening.

Don’t believe everything the famous people tell you — they don’t know anything for the most part. I don’t know anything for the most part. I don’t know why things happen and what reasons the government has for doing things.

All I know is they have to think a lot further down the road than we do, generally speaking — they have to think, like, 50 years in the future and how this country’s gonna survive and what our place is gonna be in the world.

And they’re people and they’re gonna mistakes. It’s just that usually we’re the ones — private citizens like us — that pay for it. And I’m deathly afraid that the middle class is getting hit the hardest here, as they always do.

And the middle class is very important here in the United States, as it is in most countries. Most countries try their hardest to develop their middle class, because something like 90 percent of the gross national product is consumed and created by the middle class.”

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Why am I posting this in my robe

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System Of A Down Frontman Serj Tankian Says “The Time Has Come” To “Force The Regime To Resign”, Drummer John Dolmayan Defends Donald Trump

System Of A Down have been a politically charged band over the years, but it appears members of the group have had drastically different views in recent times. As protests against systemic racism and police brutality continue across the U.S. in response to the police killing of George Floyd, Serj Tankian has taken to social media to call for “the regime to resign.” However, his bandmate John Dolmayan has controversially defended Donald Trump.

Tankian said the following:

“Run Donny run into your bunker. You may be the first US President to do so out of fear of your own citizens. A real leader would address the nation properly and a real man would go face the protestors on the streets in person. But like other corrupt undemocratic leaders in the past, you’ve realized they are not your people as you are not really our President. These protests are not just over race but over institutional injustices beginning with the slave era electoral college that put you in power, K Street lobbying firms, superdelegates of a two party duopolistic Neo-liberal corporatocracy whose day has come. You make antifa a terrorist organization but not the KKK? The lessons of the 2018 peaceful successful revolution in Armenia can be applied in the US and elsewhere in the world. Coordinate online and block every street everywhere and force the regime to resign. The time has come. Your time has come @realdonaldtrump“

Meanwhile, Dolmayan has shared a quote in which Trump claims his “admin has done more for the black community than any president since Abraham Lincoln” and he added the following caption:

“Let’s not let the narrative that’s being spun make us forget the truth of this statement. The most attacked president in history yet the greatest friend to minorities! Don’t believe it ? Look at the stats . Don’t like it , doesn’t change the truth of it.”

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Run Donny run into your bunker. You may be the first US President to do so out of fear of your own citizens. A real leader would address the nation properly and a real man would go face the protestors on the streets in person. But like other corrupt undemocratic leaders in the past, you’ve realized they are not your people as you are not really our President. These protests are not just over race but over institutional injustices beginning with the slave era electoral college that put you in power, K Street lobbying firms, superdelegates of a two party duopolistic Neo-liberal corporatocracy whose day has come. You make antifa a terrorist organization but not the KKK? The lessons of the 2018 peaceful successful revolution in Armenia can be applied in the US and elsewhere in the world. Coordinate online and block every street everywhere and force the regime to resign. The time has come. Your time has come @realdonaldtrump

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Updated Release Schedule Posted For 2020 Record Store Day Events

As previously reported, this year’s Record Store Day will now take place across three dates (August 29, September 26, and October 24) due to the coronavirus pandemic. The full updated release schedule is available HERE. A list of rock/metal releases can be found below.

August 29:

  • August Burns Red – “Bones” (Fearless) (7″) (limited to 1,000)
    Backed with instrumental version on the b-side.
  • The Black Crowes – “Jealous Again” (UMe) (12″) (limited to 7,500)
  • Denzel Curry – “Bulls On Parade” (Loma Vista Recordings) (7″) (limited to 2,500)
    Featuring his covers of Rage Against The Machine and Bad Brains.
  • Def Leppard – “Rock N Roll Hall of Fame” (UMe) (limited to 4,000)
  • Entombed – “Clandestine – Live” (Sound Pollution) (2xLP) (limited to 500)
  • Fight – “A Small Deadly Space” (Real Gone Music) (limited to 2,200)
  • Hawkwind – “At The BBC 1972” (Parlophone) (2xLP) (limited to 5,000)
  • Hawkwind – “Quark, Strangeness & Charm” (Atomhenge) (2xLP) (limited to 1,500)
  • Judas Priest – “British Steel” (40th Anniversary Edition) (Legacy) (2xLP) (limited to 3,500)
  • Motörhead – “Ace Of Spades“/”Dirty Love” (12″ shaped picture disc) (limited to 4,000)
  • Pink Floyd – “Arnold Layne Live 2007” (Legacy) (7″) (limited to 7,400)
  • Refused – “Not Fit For Broadcast – Live At The BBC” (Spinefarm) (12″) (limited to 3,500)
  • Jimmy Urine & Serj Tankian – “Fuktronic Soundtrack” (Music On Vinyl) (LP) (limited to 2,000)

September 26:

  • Badflower – “The Jester“/”Everybody Wants To Rule The World” (Big Machine) (12″ picture disc) (limited to 2,000)
  • CHON – “Grow” (Sumerian) (LP) (limited to 1,500)
  • Graves At Sea – “History Of Sickness” (NecroCave Recordings) (12″) (limited to 750)
  • Chuck Mosley – “First Hellos And Last Goodbyes” (blocGLOBAL) (LP) (limited to 700)
  • Primus – “Suck On This” (Prawn Song) (LP) (limited to 5,000)
  • The Ramones – “It’s Alive II” (Rhino/Warner) (2xLP) (limited to 8,000)
  • Various Artists – “Nativity In Black” (Real Gone Music) (limited to 2,500)

October 24:

  • Asking Alexandria – “Stand Up And Scream” (Sumerian) (LP) (limited to 1,500)
  • Clutch – “The Obelisk” (Weathermaker Music) (16-LP box set) (limited to 550)
    Featuring “Strange Cousins From The West‘, “Blast Tyrant“, “Robot Hive – Exodus“, “Earth Rocker“, “Psychic Warfare“, “Full Fathom Five“, “La Curandera“, “Live At The Googolplex” (picture disc), “Jam Room” (picture disc), “Pitchfork & Lost Needles” (picture disc) and “Book Of Bad Decisions“.
  • Alice Cooper – “Live From The Apollo Theatre Glasgow February 19, 1982” (Rhino/Warner Records) (2xLP) (limited to 7,000)
  • DevilDriver – “Winter Kills” (Napalm) (2xLP) (limited to 1,400)
  • Dio – “Annica” (Niji Entertainment/BMG) (12″ picture disc)
  • Ice Nine Kills – “The Silver Scream: Killer Cuts” (Fearless) (10″) (limited to 2,500)
  • Infectious Grooves – “Take You On A Ride” (ORG Music) (12″) (limited to 1,500)
    Featuring one new track and three previously unreleased tracks from 1995.
  • Judas Priest – “Sad Wings Of Destiny” (eOne) (2xLP) (limited to 2,700)
  • The Obsessed – “Incarnate Ultimate” (Blues Funeral Records) (2xLP) (limited to 1,250)
  • Skid Row – “Slave To The Grind” (Expanded Edition) (Run Out Of Groove) (2xLP) (limited to 2,500)

[via The PRP]

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.”