Modern rock outfit System Of A Down has been compiling unreleased tracks for "Steal This Album," a previously announced collection of 16 cuts written and recorded over the course of the group's histor

Modern rock outfit System Of A Down has been compiling unreleased tracks for "Steal This Album," a previously announced collection of 16 cuts written and recorded over the course of the group's history. The album's release date has been set for Nov. 26 from American Recordings/Columbia.

"Thetawaves," "Highway Song," "Chic 'n' Stu," "Nuguns," "Mr. Jack," and "Bubbles" are among the tracks slated for the disc. An acoustic track, "Roulette," has been in the pipeline for "seven or eight years," and will here feature only vocalist Serj Tankian and guitarist Daron Malakian. The songs will be woven through with interludes, pre-show intros, and "other musical tidbits." Rick Rubin and Malakian produced the album, which was mixed by Andy Wallace.

The Internet leaking of early versions of tracks originally recorded for System's multi-platinum "Toxicity" album -- including "Innervision," "F*** The System," "Pictures," "Boom!," and "A.D.D. (American Dream Denial)" -- prompted the group to finish mixing and mastering them for release on "Steal This Album."

"We don't consider any of these songs B-sides or outtakes," Tankian said in a statement. "The songs that didn't make it onto 'Toxicity' are as good as, if not better than the songs that did -- they weren't originally included because they didn't fit the overall continuity of the album, and we're happy that our fans will be able to hear them in their completed form."

System continues to enjoy the success of "Toxicity," which has sold 2.66 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. This week the single "Aerials" is No. 6 on both Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart and Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks tally.

Here is the track listing for "Steal This Album":

"Chic 'n' Stu"
"Innervision"
"Bubbles"
"Boom!"
"Nuguns"
"A.D.D. (American Dream Denial)"
"Mr. Jack"
"I-E-A-I-A-I-O"
"36"
"Pictures"
"Highway Song"
"F*** the System"
"Ego Brain"
"Thetawaves"
"Roulette"
"Streamline"

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