Multi-talented musician Serj Tankian has announced that he will be releasing not one but TWO albums this summer. The first release, Orca, will be Tankian’s first true symphony and has a release date of June 25th. This album was recorded with conductor Werner Steinmetz and features four acts that take influences from composers such as Ennio Morricone (John Carpenter’s The Thing) and Philip Glass (Candyman). Tankian states, “Orca is known as the killer whale, but is really a dark dolphin, a symbolism for human dichotomy.”
The second album is the jazz-infused Jazz-iz Christ, which comes out July 23rd. The album features contributions from some stellar musicians, including pianist Tigran Hamasyan, flautist Valeri Tolstov, trumpet player Tom Duprety, Stewart Copeland, and more. The album will feature 15 tracks, 11 of which are instrumental.
Both albums are the followup to 2012′s Harakiri. Below are the album covers for Orca and Jazz-iz Christ. READ MORE
Today marks the release of Device’s debut full-length, the self-titled Device. The brainchild of Disturbed frontman David Draiman, Device features Filter guitarist Geno Lenardo and a slew of guest artists, including Lzzy Hale (Halestorm), Serj Tankian (System Of A Down), and more. It is a project that has drawn the interest of countless Disturbed enthusiasts, especially since the announcement of the group’s hiatus in 2011.
With all of these guest artists and one of today’s most recognizable vocalists, is there any way that this debut could fail? Head on below to read my thoughts on the album! READ MORE
Bloody-Disgusting is thrilled to bring you an exclusive first listen to Device‘s cover of the classic song “Close My Eyes Forever”. This cover sees singer David Draiman (Disturbed) take on Ozzy Osbourne‘s vocals and is joined by Halestorm‘s Lzzy Hale, who tackles Lita Ford‘s parts. The song will be hitting radio later today, so keep your dials tuned in! Head on below to listen to the track as well as to see Draiman explain how the song came about!
Device‘s upcoming self-titled debut features ex-Filter guitarist Gene Lenardo, who co-wrote the album. Joining as the touring incantation is Evanescence drummer Will Hunt and Dope guitarist Virus.
The self-titled album features guest appearances from Serj Tankian (System of a Down), Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine), Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath), Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Black Country Communion), and M. Shadows (Avenged Sevenfold). The album comes out April 9th and can be pre-ordered here. READ MORE
David Draiman (singer of Disturbed) has let loose some details surrounding his industrial band Device. The first bit of information that has come forth is that the first single “Vilify” from the debut record will hit radios on Feb. 19th. A video is being filmed today. Next is that the record has a tentative release date of April 9th.
The album will have guest appearances from Terry “Geezer” Butler (Black Sabbath), Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Black Country Communion), M. Shadows (Avenged Sevenfold), Serj Tankian (System Of A Down), Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine), and Lizzy Hale (Halestorm).
The live band will see Draiman supported by drummer Will Hunt (Evanescence, Dark New Day) and guitarist Virus (Dope). READ MORE
Serj Tankian (System Of A Down) has announced that he has scored the upcoming Industrial Toys sci-fi shooter video game Morning Light, which will be hitting iOS devices Spring 2013. Tankian has also scored portions of John Woo’s 2007 video game Stranglehold, which was the sequel to the action film Hard Boiled (one of the greatest action films ever released).
Tankian comments, “I’m really enjoying working on Morning Star because it gives me the ability to create new musical worlds to complement the new visual worlds in the game. Though most of the gameplay will be action oriented cues, the stunning artwork and static scenes have inspired unique sounds unheard before.”
Industrial Toys CEO Alex Seropian adds, “We’ve been big fans of Serj’s for quite some time. The opportunity to collaborate with him on Morning Star gave us a way to take the game to a whole new level. We knew his score would be unique, but it’s his ability to interpret a scene or gameplay element and come up with something that makes it moodier, more dramatic or just more awesome that’s really got us pumped.”
Set 120 years into our future, Morning Star takes players aboard the MSRV-Joplin, a research vessel newly outfitted with military weaponry to explore a mysterious signal coming from within our Solar System. When inevitable disaster strikes, Tankian’s accompanying musical score provides the thrilling musical backdrop as players are transported across the cosmos to engage in an epic battle for the ages. The looming threat that awaits is unlike anything humanity has ever seen before.
You can watch a trailer for the game below. READ MORE
Daron Malakian (System Of A Down) will be recording the next Scars On Broadway album completely on his own, regardless of the fact that SoB has a full line-up. This means that Malakian will be tackling guitars, bass, drums, and vocals. The reason that he doesn’t want to release it as a solo album? “…I actually want to tour these songs and get behind them,” he explains.
He goes on further to say, “…I was ready to do another Scars On Broadway record. I’ve just been going with the flow, and the flow’s taken me here.”
The sophomore album has a tentative release date of early 2013. READ MORE
I was hemming and hawing over what kind of descriptor I should use in the headline. Should it be an LOL? Nah, because some of them aren’t funny. Should it be a Random Cool? Ehhhh….maybe? I settled on OMFG because that was pretty much my reaction looking at each photo.
You see, below you’ll find an image that features 18 yearbook photos from some of the biggest names in rock and metal. You’ve got “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, Eddie Van Halen, Gene Simmons, Tom Araya, and many more. It’ll definitely get a chuckle or two! Check it out below, READ MORE
Serj Tankian‘s third solo album Harakiri, which comes out on July 10th, is now streaming in full on Red Bull’s official website. You can pre-order the album via iTunes. This solo album is the follow-up to 2010′s Imperfect Harmonies.
Serj will be doing several dates with System of a Down. Tour dates are below. READ MORE
Serj Tankain, the enigmatic frontman of System Of A Down, has released an album teaser that is a medley of all the songs on his upcoming album Harakiri, which comes out July 10th (pre-order on iTunes). This will be Serj’s third solo album after 2007′s Elect The Dead and 2010′s Imperfect Harmonies. Serj is also supposedly working on three more albums for release over the next few years.
Serj will also be doing a fan Q & A on the eve of July 9th, the day before Harakiri comes out. Fans can RSVP here.
Serj will be doing several dates with System Of A Down. Tour dates are below. Also, check out our exclusive interview with Serj here.
In anticipation of his upcoming solo album Harakiri, System Of A Down frontman Serj Tankian has released a lyric video for the track “Cornucopia” as well as a free MP3 download (link below). The album, due for release on July 10th, is available for pre-order here. Each pre-order will see $2 donated to a non-profit organization aimed at fighting global hunger.
System Of A Down is also confirmed for several shows this summer. You can see the tour dates below. READ MORE
Serj Tankian, the enigmatic frontman of System of a Down, has released a teaser for Figure It Out, the first single from his upcoming album Harakiri. The album will be released July 10th via Reprise Records/Serjical Strike. The album will be available for preorder starting May 1st, which also coincides with the date that Figure It Out will be available for order off of iTunes.
The teaser video for Figure It Out, which you can view below, shows Tankian kidnap and torture a poor, innocent, helpless mail box. Yes, you read that right. Also, you get to decide at the end of the video whether or not the mailbox lives or dies. Live or die, make your choice (HA!).
System of a Down will also be touring with Deftones. Confirmed tour dates are below. READ MORE
Just a few days ago, there was a sneaking rumor that alt-metal giants System of a Down and Deftones were going to team up together for a tour this summer. Well, the cat is out of the bag and the rumor can now be laid down as fact! For two weeks in August, the two bands will be doing a tour through the east part of the States as well as two dates in Canada. Hint: I’ll be at the Detroit show (technically Clarkston), so let me know if you’ll be there and we’ll hang out and chat horror!
Check below for the full touring schedule. READ MORE
Jeez, do you think singer Chino Moreno is busy enough already? He’s already got Deftones about to hit the road with System of a Down AND he’s also got ††† (Crosses), the project with Far guitarist Shaun Lopez. Now he’s teamed up with ISIS members Aaron Harris, Clifford Meyer and Jeff Caxide to create a new band: Palms.
Aaron Harris: “Clifford, Jeff and I started Palms a little over a year ago out of a desire to continue making music together after ISIS ended. Chino joined shortly after and our sound took shape from there. We’ve worked really hard on this first release and are excited for people to hear it. It’s nice to be back behind the drum kit, and with this line up.”
Chino Moreno: “Being a huge ISIS fan I’ve always dug the moods these dudes convey with their sound. I am excited to combine my sense of creativity with theirs, and to have fun doing so.”
The album will see a release later this year via Ipecac Records, the home of ISIS. READ MORE
Let’s keep this chalked up as rumor until tomorrow but there is speculation that System of a Down might be teaming up with Deftones for a full tour. Speculation arose when System’s Shavo was seen in a picture holding a Deftones laminate while, in a completely different picture, Deftone’s Chino was captured holding a System laminate. There are hints that a full announcement will be coming tomorrow but I’m kinda antsy in my pantsy. I wanna know now! Check below for the picture and let me know if you’d go to the show! READ MORE
KillMatriarch, the band comprised of Matriarch and OnTronik (co-founder of System of a Down and The Apex Theory), have a pretty sweet mash-up cover called PsychoSunglasses that fuses The Talking Head‘s Psycho Killer with Corey Hart‘s Sunglasses At Night. Well, some devoted fan put together what might be one of the coolest music videos for the song and it uses countless horror movies as the visuals. Check out the amazing video after the jump.
System Of A Down, who went on hiatus in 2006 after touring for their ‘Mesmerize’ and ‘Hypnotize’ albums, have announced a short N. American tour. The “special guests” on the tour are Gogol Bordello, who are actually pretty awesome once you get them. There is no word if this is the beginning of a new SOAD era, but one can hope. Check out the dates after the jump and, while you’re at it, check out our exclusive interview with Serj Tankian.
Bloody Disgusting has scored an exclusive interview with Serj Tankian and is happy to bring to all you readers! After the jump, you can read about the new album, why the release tour was postponed, and lastly, how Serj suddenly comes to realize that horror may in fact be the foundation of a lot of what he does! All this and more, after the jump!
Serj’s new album, ‘Imperfect Harmonies
‘, comes out tomorrow! Make sure to pick up your copy at your local retailer or order it on-line.
System Of A Down frontman Serj Tankian will be performing an orchestral interpretation of his solo album “Elect The Dead” on a special tour this summer. Tankian will recreate Elect the Dead Symphony with some of the finest orchestras in Europe, including the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, The Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, and Italy’s Orchestra Filarmonica Italiana.
“Elect The Dead Symphony” made it’s debut in New Zealand with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in March 2009. That performance was captured on the Elect the Dead Symphony CD/DVD, which will be released by Serjical Strike/Reprise Records on March 9th, 2010. READ MORE
A couple weeks ago bassist Shavo Odadjian posted a comment on his Twitter stating, “Are you guys ready for System???”. Drawing from this statement it would seem as if a possible System Of A Down reunion was in affect. Not the case.
When frontman Serj Tankian was asked if this were true he quickly had this to say…
“We always have offers to play, from festivals and stuff, but we have not decided to do anything as of yet,” Serj tells Billboard.com. “We’re in touch. We talk. We call it indefinite hiatus, and that’s how we still look at it. Nothing’s really changed.” READ MORE