Frontman of System Of A Down, Serj Tankian have announced the details of his new solo EP, ‘Elasicity’.
Set to be released on March 19th 2021 via Alchemy Recordings/BMG, the five-track EP will feature songs that were originally intended to be released as System Of A Down tracks, however, due to creative differences, Tankian has saved them for his own solo release.
Here’s what Tankian says about the release:
“When I conceived possibly doing another record with the guys from System of a Down a few years back, I started working on a set of songs that I arranged in rock format for that purpose. As we weren’t able to see eye to eye on the vision going forward with an SOAD album, I decided to release these songs under my moniker.”
Check out the Cover Art, Tracklisting and stream of the title track below.
01.) Elasticity 02.) Your Mom 03.) Rumi 04.) How Many Times? 05.) Electric Yerevan
Pre-Orders are available via his official Webstore.
As part of this week’s fundraising event, System of A Down have released a video for one of their 2020 singles,’Genocidal Humanoidz’.
The Nu-Metal giants were virtually gathered to raise money for severely injured Armenian soldiers, chatting with guests and musicians before premiering the video at the end of the two-hour livestream.
At the time of releasing their first new music in 15 years, guitarist Daron Malakian explained: “I texted [the guys], ‘No matter how we feel about each other, no matter what issues linger from the past, we need to put them aside because this is bigger than System Of A Down and bigger than all of us… we need to do something to support our people.’
“We’re probably the only rock band that has governments as enemies, the only rock band that’s at war, so I wrote these songs to boost the morale of our troops and Armenians around the world.”
After two surprise release tracks last year, System Of A Down are continuing to raise awareness of what is going on in the home country of Armenia.
The band have announced a livestream event, which is to raise money for the rehabilitation of the 1000 Armenian soldiers who have lost arms & legs with life-changing prosthetic limbs.
The band say:
“The freedom fighting soldiers of Artsakh and Armenia have suffered war crimes at the hands of Azerbaijan, later abetted by Turkey. Even after the ceasefire signed on November 10, 2020, those heroes wounded in the recent conflict remain in dire need of prosthetics, advanced treatment, and medical care. We are hosting a fundraising livestream event in order to raise money to rehabilitate and outfit the nearly 1,000 soldiers who have lost arms and legs with life-changing prosthetic limbs. The funding will also benefit the introduction of groundbreaking laser therapy for the treatment of white phosphorous chemical burns and the reduction of scarring and agonizing pain. All proceeds from the livestream will be donated to this cause.”
The livestream will feature a list of special guests alongside the premiere of the video for their track, ‘Genocidal Humanoidz’. It’s set to take place on January 30th 2021 via the bands YouTube channel and will kick off at 5PM BST.
We’re not a week into the release of their new tracks, ‘Protect The Land’ and ‘Genocidal Humanoidz’ and System Of A Down have already raised a huge $600,000 for charity.
SOAD shared their first new tracks in fifteen years last Friday where they donated all the proceeds they received through Bandcamp to the Armenia Fund, a charity to provide assistance to those in need in Artsakh and Armenia.
“We are overwhelmed with gratitude for your incredible support of our campaign for the people of Artsakh, and for helping us raise over $600k in donations to provide for those in dire need via the Armenia Fund,” they say.
“Because of you, we will be able to help displaced civilians, young and old, who are affected by the hideous war crimes inflicted upon Artsakh by Azerbaijan and Turkey. Please take a few minutes to watch our full interview to get a more intimate look and understanding into why we came together to release Protect The Land and Genocidal Humanoidz.
“To the four of us, it’s extremely important to share these truths with you. It is for our ancestors, our culture, and our nation. Help us spread the message. Watch the interview in full below.”
Remember when we had to say that Download Festival 2020 was cancelled due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic? Sad times were had for all there. It never went ahead but that meant the organisewrs were hard at work for the 2021 iteration of the festival.
The time has come for the first bands of the festival to be announced.
Aiming to maintain as much of the 2020 lineup as possible, Kiss and System Of A Down have been announced as headliners with Biffy Clyro taking Iron Maiden’s place who are sadly unable to be in attendance.
In addition to this, 70+ acts have been confirmed with the headliners including Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Black Veil Brides, Boltbeat, The Darkness , Steel Panther and more.
The full lineup can be found below.
A.A. Williams A Day To Remember Airbourne Alestorm Anchor Lane Baroness Biffy Clyro Blackout Problems Black Veil Brides Bleed From Within Blues Pills Bokassa Bush Cellar Door Moon Crow Cemetery Sun Control The Storm Creeper The Darkness Daughtry Dead Label Dead Posey Deftones Dirty Honey The Distillers Dying Fetus Electric Wizard Employed To Serve The Faim Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes Funeral For A Friend Gender Roles Gojira Haken The Hara Hatari Higher Power Holding Absence Hot Milk Killswitch Engage Kill The Lights KISS Korn Jamie Lenman JJ Wilde Joyous Wolf Lacuna Coil Loathe Lotus Eater Marianas Trench Mastodon Modern Error Myles Kennedy & Company Obituary Of Mice & Men Phoxjaw P.O.D. Poppy Powerwolf Press Club The Pretty Reckless Rise Against Sepultura Skillet Sleep Token Spiritbox Steel Panther Stone Broken System Of A Down Temples On Mars Tempt Theory Of A Deadman Those Damn Crows Tiny Moving Parts Twin Temple Volbeat Wage War Wargasm Wayward Sons The Wildhearts Will Haven
Download Festival 2021 is set to take place at Donington Park on June 4th -6th 2021.
Tickets are available to buy right now and can be purchased via the festival’s website.
Download Festival 2020 isn’t going to be taking place this year due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic but the organisers of the event have announced the line-up for a virtual weekender that’s set to take place!
The Download TV Weekend will take place on the same days as the cancelled dates (Friday 12th – Sunday 14th June 2020) and will feature some artists who were scheduled to play this year.
It’s all taking place on Download Festival’s YouTube channel, where the three days will be divided into a day and evening schedule, with the evening boasting two to three hours featuring performances from your favourite artists.
It will feature special interviews, unseen performances, exclusive footage and loads more!
Keeping with the 2020 lineup, there will be Kiss’s 2015 Download Festival available to watch on the Friday night.
Iron Maiden have the top billing band on Saturday evening where they will have a special set of archive performances as well as snippets from the Legacy Of The Beast tour.
System Of A Down will bring the weekend to a close on the Sunday with footage from three of their previous performances in 2005, 2011 and 2017.
Other acts confirmed are Alter Bridge, Babymetal, Deftones, The Darkness, Steel Panther, Mastodon, Lacuna Coil, The Pretty Reckless, Black Veil Brides and Poppy.
There’s also going going to be cookalongs which will act as the daytime activities where MasterChef’s Simon Wood, Vegan stars BOSH, tutorials, mindfulness sessions and more.
People who will be watching are encouraged to erect tents in their homes, dress as your rock idols and send in photos and videos using the hashtag #DOWNLOADTV.
Below you will find a full list of the lineup.
The full list of bands on the Download TV line-up are: