December 26th, 2001

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System Of A Down Bassist Helms Star-Packed 'Toxicity' Clip...

MANHATTAN BEACH, California � System of a Down are turning their fans into stars with their next video � literally.

The clip for "Toxicity," the title track and second single from the Los Angeles rock band's latest album, will use special effects to morph a mosh pit into a star galaxy for its final scene.

System bassist Shavo Odadjian, making his debut as a video director (see "System Of A Down Pick Toxic Single, Bassist To Direct Clip"), came up with the sequence to go along with one of the final verses in the song. "Now, what do you own the world?" singer Serj Tankian growls. "How do you own disorder, disorder/ Now somewhere between the sacred silence/ Sacred silence and sleep."

"So the universe is the sacred silence and sleep, and the kids are the disorder," Odadjian said on the set of the video. "So how do you control the disorder in that universe? You can't. To me, that's 'Toxicity.' To Serj, it might be something totally different, but he liked the idea. I'm directing, but I have my band's approval on everything."