SYSTEM OF A DOWN's SERJ TANKIAN Added To 'Metal: Hellsinger' First-Person Shooter Game
May 19, 2022
Developer The Outsiders and publisher Funcom have announced the inclusion of yet another vocalist to the cast of their heavy metal first-person shooter (FPS) game "Metal: Hellsinger". SYSTEM OF A DOWN's Serj Tankian is lending his powerful voice to the slaughter of demonic hordes.
David Goldfarb, creative director at The Outsiders, says: "What can you even say! We have so many SYSTEM OF A DOWN fans in the studio, adding Serj Tankian to our already incredible roster of vocalists feels unreal. He completely killed the track and made it his own in a way only Serj could. We are so excited and can't wait to see everyone playing!"
The song, titled "No Tomorrow", can be heard in a new gameplay trailer for "Metal: Hellsinger" below.
"Metal: Hellsinger" is a rhythm FPS where players are fighting through hell itself. Using six different and unique weapons, players must shoot, dash and finish off enemies in time with the beat. Of course, successfully doing so increases your power and lets you tear through hell even better. "Metal: Hellsinger" also features a cast of powerful voices from Alissa White-Gluz (ARCH ENEMY),Matt Heafy (TRIVIUM) and Randy Blythe (LAMB OF GOD).
The game's description reads: "In 'Metal: Hellsinger', you must shoot, dash, and perform finishers on time to the beat of an original metal soundtrack. Do so successfully and feel the thrill of the adaptive music intensify and your power ramp. Armed with six weighty weapons, each with its own ultimate, tear through Hell on a tale of revenge against the devil itself, with award-winning voice actors Troy Baker and Jennifer Hale voicing main characters."
"Metal: Hellsinger" is coming later this year to PC, PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S.
A singer, poet, songwriter, visual artist, film producer, activist, and composer, Tankian has always created music as an outlet to express his thoughts and feelings with a level of passion and consciousness that few in today's world of music can rival. An Armenian born in Lebanon and re-rooted in Los Angeles, Tankian was introduced to the melding of cultures, ideas, and ideals from a very young age. The principles learned from this integration and adaptation have led to his understanding of the oneness of all things and have since maneuvered and transfigured into the music and art that he lives to create. As the lead singer and songwriter for SYSTEM OF A DOWN, Serj has released five studio albums, winning a Grammy Award in 2006 for "B.Y.O.B." and selling over 40 million albums worldwide. Despite this success, Serj has never grown complacent with his art, always striving to open up new channels of sound and arrangement to articulate his artistic expressions. He has released five albums of solo material, beginning with 2007's chart-topping hard rock album "Elect The Dead". His sophomore solo album, "Imperfect Harmonies", was released in 2010, followed by "Harakiri" in 2012. 2013 saw two distinct releases from Serj, the first being the critically acclaimed "Orca Symphony No. 1", released in June of that year, followed up with the very unique "Jazz-Iz Christ" one month later.
Over the past few years, his time spent in the recording studio has been focused on creating musical scores and compositions for film and video game projects. Serj lent his vocals to a modern-day cover of BLUE ÖYSTER CULT's rock classic "Godzilla" for the blockbuster Michael Dougherty film "Godzilla: King Of The Monsters". He also recorded a modern version of the Armenian folk song "Sari Siroun Yar" along with the Authentic Light Orchestra for the film "The Promise", directed by Terry George and starring Christian Bale and Oscar Isaac. Serj was also brought on by Survival Pictures, the producers of the film, to serve as an executive music consultant.
More recently, Tankian composed the full musical score for award-winning documentary "I Am Not Alone" directed by Garin Hovannisian and the Live Nation Productions film "Truth To Power", which chronicles Serj's own journey through the crossroads of music and activism. In 2017, Serj composed music for Emmy-nominated "Intent To Destroy", a gripping film directed by award winning documentarian Joe Berlinger. That same year he created an intense score for the epic Russian action film "Furious - The Legend of Kolovrat", followed by his 2018 musical score for award-winning film "Spitak", directed by Alexander Kott. Additionally, Tankian composed the full musical score for independent films "1915" and "The Last Inhabitant", an original composition for Ilya Naishuller's "Hardcore Henry" and video game musical scores for "Midnight Star" and its sequel, "Renegade", which were created by one of the chief architects of the famed "Halo" game franchise.
Serj's resume also includes the formation of a record label, Serjical Strike Records (established in 2001),which has released albums from many critically acclaimed artists, including FAIR TO MIDLAND, Buckethead and DEATH BY STEREO.
Along with fellow musician Tom Morello (RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, AUDIOSLAVE),Serj co-founded the non-profit organization Axis Of Justice in 2002, which strives to bring together musicians, music fans and grassroots political organizations to fight for social justice. He has also dabbled in the world of broadcasting as co-host of the Axis Of Justice Radio Network, which can be heard via SiriusXM and KPFK in Los Angeles. With a mission of spreading diversity and understanding through music, poetry and activism, Serj will continue to surprise and enlighten those who listen to his music and hear his words.
In recent years, Tankian has split his time between holding a mic and a paintbrush, having feverishly created over 60 pieces of art since 2013. His journey into the world of fine art began with his "Disarming Time Musical Paintings", which were exhibited at Project Gallery in Los Angeles. Since then, he has had multiple exhibitions at galleries in both the United States and New Zealand. In 2015, his artwork was exhibited at the grand opening of New Museum Los Gatos in Northern California as part of a group exhibit that ran from May through September of that year. Most recently, Serj's artwork was exhibited at two notable galleries in New Zealand during February and March of 2019.
SYSTEM OF A DOWN hasn't released a full-length album since the "Mezmerize" and "Hypnotize" LPs, which came out in 2005.