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.’”

Clutch, My Chemical Romance, Judas Priest, Etc. Among 2020 Record Store Day Releases

The full list of special releases for this year’s Record Store Day (April 18) has been posted. You can find a list of rock/metal releases below and the full list HERE.

Record Store Day Exclusives:

  • Asking Alexandria, Stand Up and Scream LP
  • Bayside, “Heaven” 7″ vinyl
  • Black Keys, Let’s Rock. 2LP
  • Cheap Trick, Out to Get You! Live 1977 2LP
  • Gary Clark Jr. (Featuring Andra Day), “Pearl Cadillac” 10″ EP
  • Biffy Clyro, “Moderns” 7″ vinyl
  • Alice Cooper, Live From the Apollo Theater Glasgow Feb. 19, 1982 2LP
  • Dio, “Annica” 12″ picture disc
  • Hawkwind, At the BBC 1972 2LP
  • Ice Nine Kills, The Silver Scream: Killer Cuts 10″ vinyl
  • Infectious Grooves, Take You on a Ride 12″ EP
  • Judas Priest, British Steel: Limited Edition 40th Anniversary 2LP
  • Motorhead, “Ace of Spades” / “Dirty Love” 12″ vinyl
  • My Chemical Romance, The Murder Scene LP
  • The Pogues, At the BBC 1984 LP
  • Iggy Pop, Kiss My Blood (Live in Paris 1991) 3LP
  • The Ramones, It’s Alive II 2LP
  • The Replacements, The Complete Inconcerated Live 3LP
  • The Rolling Stones, Let It Bleed (Limited Collectors Edition) LP
  • The Rolling Stones, Metamorphosis UK LP
  • Skid Row, Slave to the Grind (Expanded) 2LP
  • The Strokes, “The New Abnormal” Cassette
  • Various Artists, Sweet Relief: A Benefit for Victoria Williams 2LP
  • The Who, A Quick Live One EP

Regional Releases:

  • The Alarm, Celtic Folklore Live LP
  • August Burns Red, “Bones” 7″ vinyl
  • Goblin, Goblin’s Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 (1975-1979) 2LP
  • Meat Puppets, Meat Puppets 10″ vinyl
  • Chuck Mosley, First Hellos and Last Goodbyes LP
  • Iggy & the Stooges, Russia Melodia 7″
  • Twiztid, “All These Problems” 7″

First Releases:

  • Badflower, “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” / “The Jester” 12″ Picture Disc
  • The Black Crowes, “Jealous Again” 12″ vinyl
  • Chon, Grow LP
  • Clutch, The Obelisk 16X LP Box
  • Collective Soul, Half and Half 12″ vinyl
  • Def Leppard, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 12″ EP
  • DevilDriver, Winter Kills 2LP
  • Dinosaur Jr., Swedish Fist (Live in Stockholm) LP
  • Down N Outz, The Music Box EP 12″ vinyl
  • Entombed, Clandestine Live 2LP
  • Ace Frehley, Trouble Walkin’ 2LP
  • Green Jelly, Triple Live Mother Goose at Budokan LP
  • Hawkwind, Quark Strangeness and Charm 2LP
  • Jimi Hendrix, “Message to Love (Live)” / “Changes (Live)” 7″ vinyl
  • Judas Priest, Sad Wings of Destiny 2LP
  • The Menzingers, Chamberlain Waits LP
  • The Obsessed, Incarnate Ultimate 2LP
  • Primus, Suck on This LP
  • Refused, Not Fit for Broadcast – Live at BBC 12″ vinyl
  • Soul Asylum, Hurry Up and Wait (Deluxe Edition) 2LP
  • Jimmy Urine and Serj Tankian, Fuktronic LP
  • The Who, Odds and Sods (Deluxe) 2LP

[via Loudwire]

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 Members Share Different Views On Bernie Sanders

System Of A Down have been a politically charged band over the years, but it appears members of the group have very different views on Sen. Bernie Sanders. Frontman Serj Tankian has been a supporter of the self-proclaimed democratic socialist, but drummer John Dolmayan has taken to social media to slam the presidential candidate for some of his ideas.

Dolmayan said the following:

“Childcare / free , healthcare / free, university/ free. Fuck it , if everything’s going to be free and it’s all going to come from the rich anyway then why work at all? Why not just live off the work and profits of the rich? I’m a millionaire and so is Bernie but I only have two houses so maybe I can share this hypocrite’s “summer camp”.

Don’t believe the indoctrination, don’t believe Hollywood/ music elites , and don’t believe communism disguised as democratic socialism will do anything but strip you of your freedoms and make everyone equally destitute. Venezuela, China, North Korea , Nazi Germany, Cambodia (Pol Pot) , Italy ( Mussolini ) , etc.

It doesn’t work , it will not work , and it always leads to poverty for the working class. The same elites pushing this agenda will be well taken care of while the rest of the people starve.”

On the same day, Tankian posted a headline about Sanders winning the popular vote in the first three early voting states with a caption that said “Oh yeah!!!”

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Childcare / free , healthcare / free, university/ free. Fuck it , if everything’s going to be free and it’s all going to come from the rich anyway then why work at all? Why not just live off the work and profits of the rich? I’m a millionaire and so is Bernie but I only have two houses so maybe I can share this hypocrite’s “summer camp”. Don’t believe the indoctrination, don’t believe Hollywood/ music elites , and don’t believe communism disguised as democratic socialism will do anything but strip you of your freedoms and make everyone equally destitute. Venezuela, China, North Korea , Nazi Germany, Cambodia (Pol Pot) , Italy ( Mussolini ) , etc. It doesn’t work , it will not work , and it always leads to poverty for the working class. The same elites pushing this agenda will be well taken care of while the rest of the people starve.

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