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System Of A Down To Release Limited-Edition 'Steal This Album'


System Of A Down’s Steal This Album will be offered with the most bare bones of packaging. The November 26 release will have “Steal This Album” scrawled across the face of the CD and that’s it. However, there will be a limited-edition run of CDs that will come with some artwork. Guitarist Daron Malakian, vocalist Serj Tankian, bassist Shavo Odadjian, and drummer John Dolmayan each created separate artwork. Each member will have 50,000 copies pressed of their version of Steal This Album. All four will be housed in a clear jewel case with no booklet. Tankian’s artwork is a “series… Read more »

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System Of A Down Step Up To The Plate At Vegas Opener – Review


The last time System of a Down hit Las Vegas, it was on the Pledge of Allegiance Tour with Slipknot. System held their own on that outing, but now, back in Sin City as the headliner at a more intimate setting – the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino’s Joint – System had a lot more to prove. By the time the L.A. foursome of Armenian-American rockers strolled casually onto the stark stage, the crowd was already geared up for SOAD’s harsh and heavy sounds. Then the thunder hit. The opening riffs hammered across the venue – no introduction was needed… Read more »

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System Of A Down Join Ozzy As Ozzfest Headliners


After finding their first bit of cross-country exposure on the second stage of Ozzfest in the summer of 1998, System of a Down have officially graduated. The progressive metal outfit has been tapped to co-headline this year’s edition of the rambling rockfest. While dates and additional acts for the festival have yet to be lined up, System announced that they will hit the stage just prior to the tour’s namesake, Ozzy Osbourne, when the trek kicks off in July. Spokespeople for Ozzfest were unavailable for comment. After its coming-out party on the Ozzfest second stage in 1998, the band returned… Read more »

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System Of A Down Has Big Day Out Barrier Problem


System Of A Down had to stop its set on Friday (January 18) at the Big Day Out festival in Auckland, New Zealand due to problems with the barricades in front of the stage, which collapsed during the band’s performance. Singer Serj Tankian told the crowd that the band had to stop its performance because a fan broke his legs due to crowd crush against the barrier. However, NME reported that no one was hurt in the incident. System Of A Down resumed its set later in the night after a second-stage band, Shihad, played. A statement by the organizers… Read more »

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Godsmack, Nickelback, System Of A Down On 'Scorpion King' Soundtrack


Godsmack, System of a Down, Creed and Nickelback will contribute new songs to Music from and Inspired by “The Scorpion King”, the soundtrack to the third Mummy movie. The disc is due March 26th. The Godsmack song, “I Stand Alone,” will be the collection’s first single, hitting radio stations February 5th. The soundtrack also features new songs from Sevendust, Drowning Pool, Coal Chamber, Hoobastank, Mushroomhead and Twelve Stones; a new remix of P.O.D.’s “Set It Off”; and previously released material, including the Rob Zombie and Ozzy Osbourne collaboration “Iron Head.” The Scorpion King, starring The Rock, Michael Clarke Duncan and… Read more »

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System Of A Down To Swing Through U.S. Between Overseas Tours


They may be critical of the U.S. government, but System of a Down love the people of this nation – so much so that they’re slipping in 12 North American theater dates between tours in Australia and Europe instead of taking a well-deserved month off. The band will start the jaunt with openers Clutch on Valentine’s Day in Las Vegas at the Joint, and then they’ll hit 11 other cities. The tour will conclude in Verdun, Quebec, on March 1. System of a Down will begin their European tour in Coimbra, Portugal, on March 5. That trip will conclude in… Read more »

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System Of A Down upstage headliners – Review


Featuring two of the day’s most popular heavy rock acts – the masked Midwest horror-meisters Slipknot and the politically-driven Southland quartet System Of A Down – the nationwide Pledge of Allegiance tour features a couple bands whose recordings and performances are marked by uncompromising intensity. However, their musical styles and their levels of talent, as seen at the near-full Forum, share few resemblances. After a typically explosive set by German fire-tamers Rammstein, as well as opening turns by young groups Mudvayne and No One, System played their first L.A. show in two years and the first since the release earlier… Read more »

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System Of A Down Album Tops Revised Chart


A rare revision by music tracking firm SoundScan has catapulted Los Angeles hard rock band System of a Down to No. 1 on the U.S. pop album charts, the group’s publicist said Sunday. The group’s second album, “Toxicity,” had originally debuted at No. 2 with sales of 170,000 units when data for the week ended Sept. 9 were issued Wednesday morning. R&B singer Alicia Keys’ “Songs In A Minor” was No. 1 with 192,000 units. But SoundScan later in the day adjusted the System of a Down data by adding 50,000 units of a limited-edition enhanced CD of “Toxicity,” which… Read more »

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System Of A Down Fans Rampage After Free Show Nixed


What System of a Down had planned as a “thank you” to their hometown fans ended in violence and mayhem Monday night when city officials called off the band’s free outdoor show before it even began. Angry concertgoers wreaked havoc on the streets of Hollywood, destroying thousands of dollars worth of band equipment, breaking store and car windows, and generally trashing a seven-block area. Six fans were arrested, according to Sgt. John Martinez of the Los Angeles Police Department. Several officers and fans were treated for minor injuries. Los Angeles Fire Department spokesperson Brian Humphrey said the fire department and… Read more »

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System Of A Down To Treat Hometown Fans With Free Show


System Of A Down will play a free show for its local fans in a Hollywood parking lot on the eve of the release date of its second album, Toxicity, which arrives in stores September 4. The hometown show, being billed as a “thank you” to System’s local fans, will take place across the street from the Hollywood club Vinyl at 5 p.m. on September 3. System and co-headliners Slipknot kick off their Pledge Of Allegiance Tour in Chicago on September 14.

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