System Of A Down talk new studio album

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System Of A Down frontman Serj Tankian says the band are considering recording a new album.

The group are about to embark on their Wake Up The Souls world tour, aiming to highlight the Armenian genocide of 1915 when 1.5million Aremnians were murdered by the Ottoman Empire. It’s been a full 10 years since the release of their last albums, 2005’s Mezmerize and Hypnotize.

Speaking to Rolling Stone and discussing a possible return to the studio, Tankian says: “There has been talk, and we are going to play this tour, come back and we’re going to see where we are. If we have songs that work for System, if I have them and Daron has them.

“The openness is there to work together, but we haven’t made any particular plans that we can announce.”

He adds that he has already written songs that could work in a SOAD context: “I have a few that could apply, but I’m not sure until the time comes where I can actually play them for the guys and see if it’s something that vibes off them.”

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System Of A Down heading for London in 2015

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System Of A Down have confirmed that they will play a one-off show in London next year.

The band will appear at the SSE Arena on the 10th of April, commemorating 100 years since the Ottoman empire carried out the Armenian genocide of 1915, and beginning the European leg of their Wake Up The Souls world tour. The tour will finish with the band’s first ever Armenian show in Yerevan’s Republic Square.

Describing the show as “exceptionally special and important” frontman Serj Tankian and his SOAD colleagues were at pains to point out that the event was not aimed at being critical of Turkish citizens, rather they are hoping to help ensure that modern Turkish leaders take responsibility for the Ottoman atrocity of 100 years ago.

“As we mark this solemn centennial, please join us and the good people of conscience in Turkey to take a stand for truth and justice, and ask their president and parliament to accept the Republic of Turkey’s moral and material responsibility for the Armenian Genocide,” they said.

“With your help, such a historic step taken in the spirit of human solidarity, heartfelt compassion and justice will not only heal the wounds of one genocide, but will more broadly represent a truly transformative step toward a new age – an era without genocide.”

Tickets for the London show will go on sale at 10am on Friday morning (November 28th) via LiveNation. It will be System Of A Down’s first indoor UK show since 2005.

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Metal supergroup launches crowdfunding campaign

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Project Rogue campaign artwork

Hold the horses! Stop the press! What the hell is all this then?!

A veritable feast of metal music stars, including members of System Of A Down and Fear Factory, have launched one of the most ambitious music-related crowdfunding campaigns ever seen.

Under the band name Project Rogue, the campaign aims to raise $70,000 (£40,000) to create an album called Titans, that will feature performances from Lamb Of God’s Chris Adler, Napalm Death’s Mitch Harris, Cannibal Corpse’s Rob Barrett, alongside Paul Masdival from Cynic.

System Of A Down bass player Shavo Odadjian and Fear Factory’s founding drummer Raymond Herrera are also involved, alongside various established and up-and-coming metal musicians.

Designated Project Rogue leader Herrera says: “Ive been looking into the crowdfunding aspect of the music industry and it’s been pretty interesting to see how people have taken to it. Something like this is very unique because it allows us to deal or work directly with the fans, where they actually invest or be involved in something that is direct with the artist.”

JD Schmidt of Nociceptor adds: “It’s awesome for a band to be able to seek out to a financial resource without having to sign their lives away to a bank to see a project through. And on the other side of the coin it’s great for fans to be a part of the music that they love in whatever way they can.”

“I was floored when they asked me to be a part of it. Deeply humbled and kind of overwhelmed. I think I peed a little bit.”

Odadjian describes crowdfunding as “the future” and says he will offer his bass playing skills as well as writing and arrangement to the songs.

Pat Lachman of Damageplan says he hopes the album will “scare the shit out of people.”

A host of funding options are available for investors, including a digital copy of the album priced at $10 (£6), up to $10,000 (£6,000), a level of contribution which will see your very own composition worked into the music of the album.

To find out more about the project, along with all the details of the levels of funding that are available, head on over to the Project Rogue IndieGoGo campaign page. The project has until the 8th of July to reach it’s target.

Watch the Project Rogue official campaign video below:

The result of metal masterminds, or a sizeable and grand folly? We’re hoping for the former and will be watching with anticipation. Let us know what you think about the news!

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