FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SYSTEM OF A DOWN OFFERS SPECIAL LIMITED EDITION CDS FOR “STEAL THIS ALBUM!”
Los Angeles, CA—November 13, 2002 -- The members of System of a Down have done something a little extra-special for their fans and the release of “Steal This Album!” the band’s collection of original, completed, and unreleased material that is set for a November 26, 2002 in-store date. The “Steal This Album!” disc has a very home-burned feel to it, and the only artwork is the band name and CD title scrawled across the face of the CD.
However, Daron, Serj, John, and Shavo have each created their own original artwork that will be featured on four different limited runs of 50,000 CDs each. John’s CD features an abstract image that is open to the viewer’s interpretation; Daron’s is a drawing of two people engaged in an intimate situation; Shavo’s is a maze-like illustration, and Serj’s is a series of concentric circles of words and phrases.
The idea to do the limited edition CDs is rooted in the band’s desire to create something special and collectable for their core fans. Like the standard packaging of “Steal This Album!” all four of the limited edition CDs will be housed in a clear jewel case with no booklet. Lyrics and credits will be available online - details for this are included with every CD. The limited edition CDs will retail for the same price as the standard packaging ($18.98) and will also be in-stores on November 26.
System of a Down has experienced phenomenal
success since the September 2001 release of Toxicity, their sophomore album.
Toxicity - which has now sold in excess of 4-million copies worldwide -
was named one of the Best Albums of the Year (2001) in publications such
as Rolling Stone, Time, Spin, and Alternative Press. In addition,
Revolver magazine named System “Band of The Year” for 2002. CD reviews
have illustrated that System of a Down, as well as Toxicity, are far more
than just “another metal band”—Rolling Stone called the CD “...a bouquet
of smart rock and ardent social argument,” while the New York Times wrote,
“System of a Down is light years removed from the going trend in metal.”
The band currently has five singles being played at radio - “Aerials,”
which reached the Number One position at both alternative and active rock
formats, “Chop Suey!” “Psycho,” and “Toxicity.” “Innervision,” the
single from “Steal This Album!” is already Top 30 at both Alternative and