System Of A Down Unleash 'Toxicity' On Aug. 14

Hard rock act System of a Down has readied its sophomore American/Columbia album, "Toxicity" for an Aug. 14 release. The 14-track album, produced by the band with American label head Rick Rubin, was w

Hard rock act System of a Down has readied its sophomore American/Columbia album, "Toxicity" for an Aug. 14 release. The 14-track album, produced by the band with American label head Rick Rubin, was whittled down from more than 30 finished songs. It's the follow-up to 1998's self-titled debut, which reached No. 1 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart and has sold more than 1 million copies in the U.S., according to SoundScan.

Among the tracks that made the cut are "Psycho" (about "cocaine-addled groupies," according to the label), and "ATWA," which is written from "serial killer Charles Manson's point-of-view on the environment," along with "Jet Pilot," "Bounce," "Deer Dance," "Suicide," "Aerials," "X," "Shimmy," and "Science." Multi-instrumentalist Arto Tuncboyaciyan guests on the latter track.

"The album has the erratic time changes, and it's still quirky," says guitarist Daron Malakian, "but there are touches of Pink Floyd in it. I think that our new songs touch emotions in a way that we've never done before."

As previously reported, System of a Down and Slipknot will be featured on this fall's Pledge of Allegiance tour, scheduled to kick off Oct. 1 in Las Vegas. The mainstage is expected to highlight three additional acts.