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System Of A Down's Shavo Odadjian Announces New Project Seven Hours After Violet

Friday, 14 June 2024 Written by Jon Stickler

Photo: Max McGuire

System Of A Down's Shavo Odadjian has announced a new project under the moniker Seven Hours After Violet.

News of the five-piece band, completed by vocalist Taylor Barber, guitarists Morgoth and Alejandro Aranda, and drummer Josh Johnson, arrives alongside their heavy debut single, Paradise. Bassist Odadjian commented:

"The song opens the album and showcases the various dynamics we explore throughout which makes it the perfect introduction to Seven Hours After Violet I’ve been making music for over 30 years, I wanted to do something super heavy, but melodic and come back to my roots.

"Until this band, every side project I’ve done has been outside of the walls of heavy music. I steered away from anything heavy because System Of A Down is heavy. Once I got I started with Seven Hours After Violet, I had to let go of that. I said “let me go with my gut and do what I’m best at”. For the first time ever in my career, I just said, “as long as I love it, I don’t give a fuck what anybody else thinks” and that was extremely liberating. Seven Hours After Violet is the result. It’s my favourite thing I’ve done since System and I can’t wait for the world to hear it."

The release also heralds the launch of the musician's new label in partnership with Sumerian Music Group, 1336 Records. He continued: "I didn't just want to sign the band to a label, which is why we signed the deal with Ash Avildsen and Sumerian. I now have my new imprint called 1336 Records. It gives me a lot of creative control and also the ability to bring other acts that I find interesting on board later in the future, so I’m really excited about that."

Head below to view the track's accompanying head-spinning video, a collaborative venture between Odadjian and Adam Mason, who also filmed the clip, below. "The video for Paradise is a little trippy, it's a little psychedelic, it's a little dark and beautiful all at once," Odadjian explained. "We shot it with only two takes per band member, but despite those restrictions, I think we made a really cool video."

Seven Hours After Violet will make their live debut at Mayhem Fest in San Bernardino on October 12. Tickets are on sale now. 


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