System Of A Down Drummer Speaks On Upcoming Solo/Covers Album
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drummer John Dolmayan is trucking along with progress on his forthcoming solo/covers album, offering the following about it earlier today (December 09th): "work on my as yet untitled solo/ covers album is going well, we've completed basic structure and beats for 8 songs so far. I'll update you as more develops" You can rule at least one band which he will be covering. When asked by a fan if Slayer will be covered on the album, he replied: "Slayer should never be covered, theres no way to improve their songs" When asked by a fan about the status of a new System Of A Down album, his response was: "when there is one in the works I'll mention it." System Of A Down
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System Of A Down's Serj Tankian Performs As Part Of A Global Music Group In New Video
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frontman Serj Tankian is among the numerous musicians involved in the below video for the John Psathas track "Between Zero And One". Tankian previously worked with Psathas on his 'Elect The Dead Symphony'. System Of A Down
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System Of A Down's Serj Tankian To Release App For His 'Musical Paintings', Exhibition Scheduled
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frontman Serj Tankian's 'Disarming Time Musical Paintings' project continues to develop with an exhibition of his works to be held November 15th-21st at Project Gallery in Hollywood, CA More details on the project, which incorporates an upcoming IOS/Android APP titled Eye For Sound into his 'musical paintings', can be found at eyeforesound.com. You can also watch some footage of the project and app in motion below: System Of A Down
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System of a Down (1994-)
Serj Tankian (vocals)
Daron Malakian (guitar)
Shavo Odadjian (bass)
John Dolmayan (drums)
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Tankian, as a student, had a 4.0 grade-point-average. He hated school.
Malakian has said that he would like to see Charles Manson released from prison, because he supports Manson's views on the environment. Their song "A.T.W.A.
" is about Manson.
The band is very opposed to "oppression and aggression." They often take a political stance in their songs.
Tankian has his own record label called Serjical Strike. In April 2006 he signed the band Fair To Midland, which gets their name from an old Texas play on the term "fair to middling." (thanks, Angela - Sacramento, CA)
Although the band mates met and formed in Southern California (in a recording studio while working on separate projects, no less!), all four members have lineage in the Middle East. Dolmayan is Lebanese-Armenian, Odadjian and Tankian are Armenian, and Malakian is Iraqi-Iranian. They are all of Armenian descent and their families were effected by the Armenian Genocide, which began in 1915 at the beginning of World War I when the Turkish military began deporting and killing about 1.5 million Armenians.
The band has no piercings or tattoos.
Dolmayan's dad played the saxophone and Tankian's dad was also a musician. (thanks, ali - Dayton, OH)
Serj worked as a shoe salesman before joining the band, and also ran a successful software company. (thanks, Rachel - Santa Ana, CA)
As a child, Malakian went to Alex Pilibo's Armenian school and has said he still has nightmares from things he endured there. He went to Roosevelt Middle School and Glendale High School, where he frequently cut class. Malakian now lives in Los Angeles and likes to collect candles, Persian rugs, instruments, and skulls. (thanks, Amanda - Carthage, TN)
Before Malakian joined the band, Shavo was the guitarist.
Malakian's father painted all the artwork that was used on their Hypnotize album. (thanks, Petrified Monkey - South Park, CO)
When Dolmayan was a child aged 5, he was lying in his bed when he heard a noise and got scared. He left his room asked his parents if he could sleep with them for the night. A few minutes later, a bullet came through John's bedroom window and hit the bed where Little John would've been sleeping. Soon afterwards, John's father decided that they had to move out of Lebanon. (thanks, Max - Postcombe, England)
Tankian published a book of poetry called Cool Gardens. He says the thought of cool gardens relaxes him.
In the fall of 2007 Serj Tankian released his debut solo album Elect The Dead. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)
As well as album art, Daron's father also painted all of the custom Ibanez Icemen that Daron used in the Toxicity/Steal this Album era. (thanks, Dax - San Diego, CA)
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