Interview with V.O.T.S | LebMetal Night
Dec 23rd 2009 Jad Jawhari Interviews

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Victims Of the system is not just an abbreviation its another dimension of explanation the term of being the victim of legends proved themselves in the musical century , you all surely know i am talking about System Of A Down.Some say SOAD died , some say they quit , some say they are coming back , well its not a dream coming true but a passion for their music , Armo Guys in V.O.T.S will be performing the best out of SOAD legendary tracks , to show their love and respect to the most amazing tunes of Armenian metal band SOAD.

V.O.T.S has one of the most talented young characters of the Lebanese Metal scene , we have Chriss from Element 26 , Yervant & Roby From Overload on the music section and Serj Panossian from Headstones on the vocals part. They hope to serve you with the best of SOAD and make you feel the return of the legends back infront of your eyes , you can try to imagine someone loving this band much and losing them , means alot! so were gonna give you the best out their shits.

1-Why victims of the system, and why u choose S.O.A.D ?

Serj: Where should I start. 1st, we are living in a fucked up society, you look around, bref, everyone’s a victim of our system, talking about politics and religion.Why Soad?! Well Despite their rather aggressive music and stage , SOAD’s members are all dedicated pacifists…so are we (members), then In their music, they address the Armenian genocide that happened earlier this century in Turkey. We just enjoy the political messages because we’r all Armenians.

2- Do you have any form of contact with System of a Down?

Serj: Actually yeh, Shavo is my mom’s seconde cousin, already interviewed Serj Tankian and Shavo Odadjian, was pretty nice of them, but unfortunately there’s no sign that says “S.O.A.D” REUNITES.


3- Can you give a teaser about what is going to played at the event ?

Serj: Umm, Victims of the System will be covering songs from “toxicity”,”System of a Down” and “Steal this Album”, and lets just say that there will be BOUNCING, some pshycho, groupie, Cocaine crazy whores, and you better be bringing your own BEER to Watch us. Hows that for a teaser?!

4- Is system of a down going to be covered only or are you going to cover songs from Serj Tankian’s solo project or from Scars on Broadway ?

Serj: Well my friend, this band is , how do we say it , “tessleye” might be a malicious word, but there’s nothing that serious regarding V.O.T.S … so I think wer going to play some “commercial” covers,even though I respect Serj Tankian’s & Scars’ work … we might play “Empty Walls” later on, hell of a song.


5- What are your hopes and concerns about the event ?

Serj: V.O.T.S will be the closing band, so my hopes are, lets say.. more then 20 people in front of us. Globally, speaking of the event (Lebmetal’s 1st concert) … I bet it will a blast.

6- Any last thing to add ?

Serj: 1st thanks for the interview mate,2nd S.O.A.D fans, I know I aint no Serj Tankian, but wer gona try our best, so prepare yourselves for a hell of a show … cheers.

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  • Steph

    gd luck guys, nd c yew Saturday ^^

  • y3rvant0

    oh yea 😉

  • Steven |Rizk

    Serj ur my God 😛 hehe i bow for you .. anyway those are some great words … And il be there no matter what 😀

  • Mr.Sexy Arhegy

    hell yeahhh SOAD tejj rasskon 😀

  • SerJ Panossian

    U bow for serj tankian man 😛

  • Nizar Hawat

    Dear Serj great article and interview in general.
    Refferred to a fucked society – a one which its citizens are victims of its system and politics and religion are its main concerns – you did 🙂
    Than you said that you are armenians all of you 😉 well yeah which is obvious also.
    I, my self is a big fan of SOAD, coworker of you and an old friend….
    why on earth did you refer a second time in following lines that you are armenians and you enjoy talking about politics especially the armenian related… well my friend politics is politics whether it is armenian or lebanese one so lets assume you said a cause in here for a moment 😛

    you did still contradict your self.

    Nizar HAWAT activist in

    Anti politics(ingeneral), anti relegion (dealing with everything), anti smoking …. movements.

  • SerJ Panossian

    What we do is what we do (Same thing goes to SOAD), and we do it our way. We enjoy playing music and we decide to deal with things in the lyrics that are important. We don’t want to compromise and we don’t have to. For us it’s important to spread the message and we have to accept that not everybody gets it, but it’s important to do it, and even if just a few get it, that’s still better than doing nothing. Some do and that’s what counts.
    And I think Metalheads see a lot of things clearer than adults do. They got the right feeling for things. They know what’s right and what’s wrong. They’re not cynical, they can still be amazed and they can still grasp things. They recognize the truth. But There will always be people who don’t care what you sing, who don’t care what goes on as long as the like the music. You just can’t avoid it. There are quite a few political bands out there and I think there’s always somebody in the audience who doesn’t care for the lyrics.

  • Nizar Hawat

    there is some adult metal heads also serj w ze3lo mennak :P… so you are saying the politics that you practice it different than the one we have in LEBmetal you are using music they use weapons and so on …. right ?

  • RawadAN

    gdlck serjio …gdlck VoTs

  • SerJ Panossian

    Yup, exactly nizar …
    and rawad thanks man

  • Nizar Hawat

    loll man kenet 2oula deghreh… not all the ppl are equally smart 😛

  • SerJ Panossian

    true .. not all people are equally smart !
    BASS mine asslass shwe 😛 dont u think 😛 !?

  • Rami Rouhana

    Serj to tell ou the truth … you still need to practice more to be able to sing with vots.

  • SerJ Panossian

    yup … its not easy u know

  • aline tangougian

    kbir el cousine kbir:D:D mwahhh gd luck

  • Nizar Hawat

    i predict our next concert would be LEDzepllin and pinkflod,… etc entitled anti racismus TAG im Relegion und politik, leave the great cause for the great ppl to deal with it. if ur politician u better be gd at it w dont interfer with things not whithin ur expertize. Now if you are a musician you bthe same apply.

  • SerJ Panossian

    7ag led zepplin man 😛 and trust me,i bet u have no idea what ur dealin with

  • Rami Rouhana

    According to comment regulations , I must delete your comments guys. Please make side discussions elsewhere.Wa 2illa !

  • Nizar Hawat

    teb as a musician i would have to state musically the following. It’s not a pers opinion it’s an objective review (it would be kind of you to really take it into consideration and stop acting like you’re on top of something or reply just for the sake of replying).

    Singing with VOTS is not at all an easy task, especially if you are covering SOAD and Serj Tankian, I know you personally you are a leader in forming hit bands (from headstones LOT cover to lately VOTS). For that we owe you respect. But if you consider the people that commented on your article decent enough to take whatever suits you guys from their opinions into consideration, you will save a big portion from your fans which I believe won’t show you support next time if everything remain the same. Every Lebanese and every Armenian is an expert in politics just like every European is an expert in metal music; we are just born with it like everyone says. So we like it or not Armenian or Lebanese we are fighting for a cause. What differs us from alike is the way we do it.
    I do strongly believe your real fans came to watch VOTS neither you nor anyone else in the band similarly with headstones. By real fans I mean the category of people that will either increase or decrease according to your performance your groupies or close friends will remain the same no matter how good or bad your performance was.
    Few recommendations: quit smoking, coordinate more with your back vocals, and be more humble on the stage don’t be a racist for your cause on the contrary defend it and defend it ferociously by being just and unique (you are already unique) so be just and most of all practice more.

  • Elie Koueik

    i ain’t no serj tankian..but i am serj panossian ;)!
    i ain’t drunk 😛

  • SerJ Panossian

    elie : i aint drunk im just drinkin (8) 😛 yeh 😛

    Now Nizar: quit smoking – (workin on it)
    coordination ?! well yeh ur probably right
    humble ?! racist?! like “ARMENIA” THING?!
    dude with all due respect, if you consider that racist,ur wrong, like i said,vots are playin for a cause + for the soad fans, that was our project,and always will be.and trust me .. im not replying for the sake of reply.

  • Nizar Hawat

    i do respect your work and the effort you guys are making. i was and wil always be a fan of VOTS.
    practise, practise, practise.

    btw what is your cause can you tell it in few words ?

  • SerJ Panossian

    Recognition of the Armenian Genocide.
    The Armenian Heritage.

  • Harout

    7kou face to face bikoun a7san ma kell el 3allam ta3ref shu nazaritak 2nta wouye 3a ba3ed…
    and the only fuck*** up thing in the Lebanese people and the metal heads is to always judge ….10x