Serj Tankian Switches to EDM, Presents Benny Benassi Collaboration

SOAD singer unveils another unexpected endeavor.

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System of a Down fans probably won't be thrilled with this one, but vocalist Serj Tankian has recently drifted into the world of popular EDM music, making a guest appearance on one of the fresh Benny Benassi tracks titled "Shooting Helicopters."

So although SOAD haven't released a new album since 2006, Tankian's still been quite a prolific artist, presenting five solo records and a few collaborations, most notably the one with Tech N9ne.

As for EDM, this isn't Serj's first journey into the world of dance music either, since the singer was announced as one of the guest stars on Avicii's upcoming sophomore album.

Back to the Benassi tune, only a three-minute teaser was presented so far, but the full song is very likely to drop soon. Tankian's high-pitched voice can easily be distinguished and has earned mostly props from the EMD crowd thus far.

Additionally, the singer has recently also confirmed working on music for two-part documentary film "East of Byzantium: War Gods and Warrior Saints," making him quite a busy bee, but only further and further drifting away from SOAD.

Serj's bandmates weren't afraid to point at him as one of the reasons why the group isn't making progress with the new album, noting that "there are problems in this band." "We probably would have been in the studio making an album already, but for personal reasons, one of our members can't be in the studio right now," said drummer John Dolmayan.

But enough of all that; check out the latest tune below and let us know what you think.

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    >why wont serj do wut i want hym to do :/ >why does he lyke doin other muzik :/ >he should do wut other ppl want hym to do >why does he not obey everyones :/ >i wish he did wut i want him to do
    Surprising that the article has a plethora of downvotes, yet the medal winning comment is the one that mocks the kind of person who would be the typical downvoter on the article.
    Ya know, I get it, and you're right, but having the experience of attending some EDM events (concerts? dance parties? shows? raves? I don't know), they are kind of the worst places on earth. The bass is always turned up too high to the point of distortion (not the good kind, the kind where it's clipping and you're fearful for the structural integrity of the building you are in), and there are just a bunch of super rich white kids on way too much x, to the point where they are enjoying the drugs, not the music. . . which despite the fact that, yes, EDM does take talent to make, is kind of just par, sometimes sub-par, sometimes legitimately good. It's just like, damn, EDM. Really Serj?
    I've seen a few EDM artists live and I really feel sorry for your bad experiences because it's never happened for me. Maybe it might be an artist who gives a different vibe, but they've been really cool. I would even go as far as saying that Chet Faker was one of the most romantic gigs I've ever been to
    I really don't understand this thing Serj has of not wanting to do another SOAD album, if it wasn't for that band he wouldn't have been able to do the 300 other projects he's doing now so why turn his back on it?
    I guess he moved on, SOAD was his way to express his rage against the system. But now he's older, and even his voice have changed, if You listen to reunion concerts, You will hear that his voice kind of doensn't fit into music as much as used to to.
    I've been to two of those shows and haven't found a thing wrong with his voice. Also, he's still pretty angry, just look at some of his recent interviews.
    I'm not surprised, if You heard him on your own years, but try something on youtube (for example Rock Am Ring 2011). He sounds much more nasal, lost some weight in his voice, so his new timbre doesn't really fit the older stuff of System of a Down.
    Agreed, tastes change all the time and if Serj doesn't feel like he wants to make music with SOAD anymore, then he doesn't have to. He doesn't owe us anything at the end of the day. I'd rather SOAD made some new stuff on their own terms rather than fans constantly demanding them to come back with a new album.
    because he doesn't want to. Why is it so hard for fans to understand that famous musicians are people as well. They don't cater to your need, nor should they. You know what it's called if Serj goes back to SOAD because of the fans even if he doesn't want to nor enjoys it, selling out.
    I'm not saying he should cater to anyone and I understand that they are people but so are we, they built up a huge fanbase for a band that millions of people love just to let it fade into nothing.
    to let it fade into nothing? They have given you many great songs which you can listen to as much as you want. What you just said is exactly what you said you aren't saying. They don't owe us anything, they don't cater for us
    There will be new bands with fresh sounds to take the helm. If Serj isn't into it, you can't force him to be. Let's be grateful for the music they did make and leave it at that.
    Key Master
    **** it. I would be ok with an instrumental soad album
    Their instrumental side got really old and played out towards the end. Hence all the vocals on mez/hyp. There was barely any instrumental breakdowns at all. Mesmerize had some good intros but hypnotize had no memorable riffs at all. Those riffs Malkian plays are so utterly simple there's only so much you can do before it all sounds the same.
    Eh...EDM isn't my thing but I stick to saying he can do whatever he wants to do and he doesn't need SOAD fans permission to do it
    Seeing Serj moving further and further away from SOAD reminds me somewhat of some lyrics of chop suey Why have you forsaken me? In your eyes, forsaken me In your thoughts, forsaken me In your heart, forsaken me Hell, at least I got to see them last year Goodbye SOAD
    I think it's alright. I probably know only one overplayed radio hit from Benassi and this is definitely a step up
    Kinda interesting colab and also I can understand that a guy like Serj wants to try out all sorts of musical ventures in his career instead of doing the same thing over and over again. A new SOAD album would be nice but I can still wait.
    You would think eventually people would get sick of EDM music and stop listening to it
    Listen to Daron's solo stuff with Scars on Broadway. You're gonna hate Serj's solo garbage after that.
    I don't know, I quite liked that album at first, but it got annoying pretty fast. Songs like Chemicals and Cute Machines really grate on me, the riff to They Say isn't great either...
    That album was terrible. Serj's Elect the Dead was great and then it all went horribly downhill
    That album was ok, but it was definitely lacking in multiple regards; there were a lot of parts of that record that would have been way better if Serj was singing them.
    DAMN! Such cliche chords. Such horrible lyrics. I like the visuals though!
    And therein is the problem with the majority of EDM: superficial style and little to nothing of substance or uniqueness.
    Mud Martian
    SOAD was great when I was younger. But I've grown up and so has Serj. I haven't listened to his solo shit, and I don't even really care about it. But it's good to see he's moved on with his life. SOAD doesn't suit him anymore.
    I'd honestly take a shitty SOAD album over this any day, **** Serj right now lol artists can have a weird way to see things.
    Fuck Serj? because he doesn't want to do what you want him to do? no, Fuck you
    Actually, Fuck you, he's basically not wanting to do what the SOAD FANBASE wants him to do. A lot more than just one person, dude.
    I don't know, it just sounds like totally generic EDM to me, starting quiet with echoing, repetitive vocals then building up to a beat with synthesiser. I appreciate that he should be able to do whatever he wants musically, and if he forced himself to write SOAD music it probably wouldn't be that good, it just seems like a shame that he's turning away from what he was good at and what made him famous to write what sounds to me like very average dance music. But who knows, maybe the rest of that song is amazing...
    hahaha how everyone dislikes this, really cool actually ,expending more and more genres, way to go Serj
    I don't really have respect for him at all. SOAD is a decent band but hes just a joke
    I think it's good he's got the balls to go out there and do what he wants to do.
    I'm not a huge SOAD fan but I like their music, a lot. But can someone tell me why there hasn't been a record since 2006?
    Actually for club music I think it's ok... Will I buy it to listen on my way to work? Probably not...
    Thats it. We might as well straight up forget about a SOAD record now. Unless heavy guitar driven music becomes more profitable to him in the future. But until then we can all look forward to his solo EDM record that's bound to be announced in a month or two!!!
    This is a couple collaborations. This isn't a "switch", you piles of multicolored Yoshi dung. (Yes, I was looking at The Spoon's avatar when I decided I needed an insult.)
    i'm not a fan of EDM but i'm actually curious as to what he will do. on a slightly different note: those lyrics Serj sang in that teaser... i feel like i've heard them in another song of his, but i can't put my finger on it (if they actually are from another song in the first place)
    The Spoon
    I think it's pretty clear we'll never get another SOAD album. It's been almost 10 years and he has clearly moved on to different things, I can't imagine him wanting to go back and pick up SOAD where it left off.
    Hey, not the first time things like this have happened...
    JD has always been involved in music outside of korn from just about every genre possible. And he doesn't care, he does it because he likes it. Old news. Rap/dance/dub/scores Duran Duran.
    I don't mind him doing EDM even though I hate EDM but it really is a waste of his talent.
    I take back what I said, even though I hate EDM, he's not wasting his talent because he's using his talent in everything he does whether people like it or not. There ya go.
    If his heart isn't in SoaD right now, whether it be 6 months or another 6 years, isn't it better to wait until it is? He is an extremely intelligent man just like Daron, if they wanted to I'm sure they could record a record in 3 days and release it the same week... Just to say SYSTEM HAVE A NEW ALBUM. He clearly has a lot of ideas and work he is enjoying currently, so let him get on with it. It will all be worth it in the long run. and adding to that, what's the point of being a musician if you aren't doing what YOU want to do as an individual. Opeth are a fine example of that. Just because we want him to be pro System and blow our heads off with metal doesn't mean he has to. Stop moaning and respect the guy for having the balls to do what he wants to do... No matter how crazy it sounds.
    Serj has a high pitched singing voice? I always thought it was more on the lower end. Particularly with SOAD. On another note, the chord progression was very Muse.
    I think I'm more upset that Benny Benassi has gone mainstream EDM. Tiesto started to with a few of his singles but Benassi going too is just saddening.
    as EDM go this really isn't that bad. I always see stuff like this as one step closer to soad instead of one step farther away, SOAD will probably only happen when serj feels like he has nothing else going on, so it's basically just a waiting game.
    Why don't they just find a new singer? Oh wait, because this guy WAS and IS system of a down. These guys are all clueless as what to do without him. They can complain all they want but fact is they have that moron guitarist to blame for breaking up the band. They can't even tour as Scars on Broadway cause that shit is so terrible
    Everything he has done post SOAD has sounded the exact same. Good for him for changing it up
    Ok I'm gunna get a lot of hate for this but here it goes. Ok so Serj is not being metal/rock any more but the guy probably has his personal reasons like staying financially stable so ok go for it. I am sad SOAD are not making the groundbreaking waves they used to make but each person has to make their decisions on what will carry themselves further. That said I'd love to hear more from SOAD