Watch Guitarist Perform System Of A Down/Beethoven Medley On “America’s Got Talent”

Guitarist Marcin Patrzalek recently won over the “America’s Got Talent” judges by performing a medley of System Of A Down‘s “Toxicity” and Beethoven‘s “Symphony No. 5.” You can check that out below:

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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:

Daron Malakian Says System Of A Down “Don’t Necessarily See Eye To Eye With Where [Serj Tankian] Would Wanna Take The Band”

During a recent interview on “Talk Is Jericho,” Daron Malakian discussed System Of A Down’s failed attempts at making a new album once again. According to him, “creative differences” between frontman Serj Tankian and the other members of the group are largely to blame for the lack of output.

Malakian said the following:

“SYSTEM had a certain way of putting together the albums and the music, and I guess that was me writing and all that, and producing the records, along with Rick [Rubin]. And Serj wants to do things a different way. And it’s not just me — it’s kind of three of us that don’t necessarily see eye to eye with where he would wanna take the band. So that’s kind of where we’re at. A lot of people think it’s just between me and him, and that’s not really the case.”

Despite this, Malakian says all the members of the band still get along:

“I don’t hate anybody in my band. A lot of people are, like, ‘Well, creative differences.’ In our case, that’s the truth. It really is a creative-difference type of thing where a few of us wanna take the band and where someone wants to take the band in another way. And it’s a creative-difference thing. When it comes to happy holidays, Easters, birthdays, we’re all still cool, we all consider each other like a family. SYSTEM OF A DOWN is a special thing, and it’s us four. Like I said, in our case, there is none of that, ‘I can’t stand seeing the guy eat a hamburger.'”

Malakian previously made headlines in July 2018 after basically saying Tankian was the one standing in the way of a new album. Tankian then responded with a lengthy statement to offer a more detailed explanation as to why the band haven’t created new music. Shavo Odadjian then chimed in by saying the group aren’t fighting and that they actually “have material that tops everything [they’ve] done.” However, Tankian then shot that down saying nothing has changed since the original public dispute. More recently, Malakian said he doesn’t think the band will make a new record anytime soon.

[via Blabbermouth]

Daron Malakian On The Possibility Of A New System Of A Down Album: “I Don’t See That Happening Anytime Soon”

Daron Malakian was asked about the possibility of a new System Of A Down album once again during a recent interview with Heavy Consequence. He responded by saying he doesn’t “see that happening anytime soon.”

Malakian said the following when asked if any Scars On Broadway songs were meant for System Of A Down:

“Well, I’m the main writer for System of a Down, so when there’s talk about maybe making an album, a lot of that kind of comes down on my shoulders to produce that album. And so the Dictator album along with a lot of other material that I have — I mean my writing works for System of a Down or Scars on Broadway. They both kind of have my style of writing there. So, I kind of waited to see what was happening with System of a Down, to see if we were going to do an album, we may need some of these songs. So, I just kind of held onto them. So yeah, I thought certain songs on Dictator might’ve worked with System of a Down, and we actually rehearsed the opening track (“Lives”) live with System of a Down once or twice, thinking of releasing that as a System song, but we just never did.”

He then added the following when asked about Shavo Odadjian saying the group “have material that tops everything [they’ve] done“:

“Well, I appreciate Shavo saying that. He’s talking about material that I’ve just kind of been sitting on and trying to figure out, “Am I going to make these System of a Down songs or am I going to make these Scars on Broadway songs?” And System of a Down doesn’t seem like we’re really coming together and making an album. So, I can’t sit on the songs forever, so at some point I’m going to have to make a decision on how I want to release those songs. But there was a point that me, John, and Shavo were rehearsing those songs together but we didn’t really record them together.”

He also had the following to say when asked about the public grievances between him and Serj Tankian:

“Honestly, I don’t think the fans really give a shit why we’re not making an album, but I think a lot of the fans just want an album. Like, for example, I’m a Van Halen fan. When David Lee Roth and Van Halen split up, I didn’t really care why. I was just sad that they split up and I wanted another Van Halen album. I think I just didn’t want to do anything that was going to be a back and forth. I think maybe there might’ve been some backlash. I think Serj might’ve been getting some backlash from fans and felt like he wanted to express himself. Me and him, we’ve talked about it already through email and it’s between me and him. But from my end, I just didn’t want to do a back-and-forth thing. He gave his point of view. I have my own point of view and my own recollections, I guess you could say, of how things went down 10, 15 years ago. But like I said, it’s not something I want to like hash out in front of the fans.

He later added the following about the possibility of a new album eventually coming out:

“There was a time that I was waiting and rooting for it and hoping it happens, but … I’m kinda really happy with what I’m doing with Scars. We all get along as friends in System of a Down. So as friends, everything is cool and I have no problems with anybody. But then as band members, we tend to have different ways of wanting to do things. And it doesn’t seem like we meet eye to eye as band members. So, I never say never because you never know what happens. But at the same time, I don’t see that happening anytime soon that we’re all going to get together and make a new System of a Down album.”

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]

John 5 Joined Onstage By Ex-Van Halen, Slipknot, System Of A Down, Etc. Members During West Hollywood Show

During John 5’s (Rob Zombie, etc.) April 6 show at the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, CA, the guitarist was joined onstage by Michael Anthony (ex-Van Halen, etc.), Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour), Shavo Odadjian (System Of A Down), and Fred Coury (Cinderella). You can see footage of him performing Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” with Odadjian and footage of him performing Van Halen’s “Runnin’ With The Devil,” “Take Your Whisky Home,” and “You Really Got Me” (originally by The Kinks) with Anthony, Taylor, and Coury below:

[via Blabbermouth]