System of a Down’s ‘Chop Suey!’ Hits One Billion Views on YouTube

The music video for System of a Down’s legendary breakout single “Chop Suey!” has just hit one billion views on YouTube. The milestone comes only months before the iconic song marks its 20th anniversary.

Having recruited a cult following with their debut self-titled album, System of a Down were poised to become the next great cult band in the vein of Frank Zappa or Primus, but with the release of 2001’s Toxicity, the Armenian-American band blew apart those expectations and attracted monumental mainstream success. Becoming one of the most bizarre acts to garner universal acclaim, Toxicity hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200, going on to be certified triple platinum by the RIAA.

“I remember when I wrote ‘Chop Suey!’ we didn’t even have a tour bus yet,” Malakian recalled during an interview with Loudwire. “We were still in an RV and I was playing my acoustic guitar in back of the RV where there was a bed. I never write on the road. That’s one of the few, very few songs that I wrote while I was on the road, I remember writing the song when the RV was on the highway. I don’t know where we were, probably [driving] to the next gig, and it all came to me just hanging out in the back of the RV playing my acoustic guitar.”

He continued, “I can always feel when I write something good and I can always tell when I write something that needs a little work. I thought it was really good, but did I think it was going to turn into this huge song that was gonna get on MTV and become a huge hit for System of a Down? No. I didn’t know that. I didn’t know that it was gonna be our first [hit] single. I didn’t think it was gonna be so huge, but at the time I thought it was good. I was a fan of it.”

“Chop Suey!” — released Aug. 13, 2001 — was the first single from Toxicity. Its middle-eastern tonality and wild pacing immediately stood out from ‘90s and early 2000s nu-metal favorites, allowing System to solidify their identity as an avant-garde band, rather than just another angst-ridden clone act.

“All of a sudden I’m walking in the mall, and there are people who recognize me and know who the hell I am through the video asking for pictures, asking for autographs,” Malakian recalled. “I was a big famous rock star, yet I was still living with my parents.”

According to bassist Shavo Odadjian, “Chop Suey!” was originally title “Suicide,” the name was changed following a discussion with System’s record label. “‘Chop Suey!’ is ‘suicide’ chopped in half,” Odadjian told Loudwire. “We had to pick and choose our battles — we couldn’t battle everything. We were smart about it, we made it something cool.”

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At the end of the 2010s, “Chop Suey!” was the eighth-most watched music video on YouTube from the 2000s, accumulating more views (at the time) than Linkin Park’s “In the End” and 50 Cent’s “In Da Club.” As of 2020, “Chop Suey!” has been certified gold or platinum in at least four countries.

By any metric, “Chop Suey!” is one of the 21st century’s definitive singles across all genres and one of the greatest metal songs of all time. Congratulations to System of a Down for reaching the incredible milestone. Watch the video for “Chop Suey!” below.

System Of A Down – Chop Suey! (Official Video)

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The Juliana Theory Return With First New Song in Over 15 Years

Welcome back The Juliana Theory! After splitting up in 2006, the band has reunited and just released their first song in a little over 15 years. Have a listen to “Can’t Go Home” in the player below.

The group resurfaced earlier this year and recently signed a new label deal with Equal Vision Records. “Making new Juliana Theory music was not really something I thought would ever happen again. If you had asked me 5 or 6 years ago if the band would ever make new music I would have emphatically said ‘no,’” says vocalist Brett Detar, who transitioned to composing music for films after the band initially split. “But in 2019 lead guitarist and founding member Josh Fiedler and I were asked out of the blue to do a 30-show acoustic tour playing our old songs in a way we never had before.”

He continues, “Much to my delight the tour ended up being one of the most enjoyable things either of us had done in years. We truly had a great time hanging out and performing together and got along perfectly. If anything, I’d say the time we shared gave us each a new-found respect for one another both as musicians and more importantly as humans. Continuing to make music together after the tour ended just felt right – almost like coming home in a way.”

As for the new song “Can’t Go Home,” the singer states, “I think people are feeling uncertain right now. I’d say that it’s pretty impossible not to feel that way. As humans I imagine we’ve always innately known that there’s no way to turn back the hands of time to simpler days but 2020 has fed us all an uncomfortably large dose of unfamiliarity – ‘wayward stranger days.’”

He adds, “Is this uncertainty a new normal? I’m not sure but I’ve always used music as a coping mechanism and I think this year I’ve needed it more than at any other point in my life. Many of us are feeling isolated and removed. Joyous collective experiences like live music shows are gone for the foreseeable future along with many of the other communal ways we come together as humans. Longing for that cathartic sense of collective unity one only gets from a gathering of people, we tried our best to capture the sound and feeling of a large group of people singing a simple melody together in unison in the chorus.”

The Juliana Theory were part of a large wave of heavy acts enjoying a breakthrough right at the turn of the century. They issued their first two albums – Understand This Is a Dream and Emotion Is Dead – in 1999 and 2000 and saw some momentum with the singles “Understand the Dream Is Over” and “Do You Believe Me?” In total, they released four albums before their 2006 split.

Admittedly, the new song does stray a bit from their early 2000s sound, but as Detar states, “The Juliana Theory never did shy away from changing our sonic identity from release to release but the emotional core of our songs has always remained the same. At no point have we ever wanted to repeat ourselves and retread the same worn out territory and try and fail at recreating a past era of the band. I like to think this is exactly what The Juliana Theory in 2020 should sound like.”

Check out the lyrics for “Can’t Go Home” as well as the Brett Detar-directed video below. And you can find the song via the platform of your choosing here.

I don’t care if we don’t come home ‘cos i don’t believe we can
I don’t care if we lose our way ‘cos it comes around again
Never gonna feel what it feels like – never gonna be the same
We can’t go home. We can’t go home.

We turn to run now
Our turn to face the unknown
Unlearn to follow
Defer tomorrow

Wayward stranger daze
Let’s lead ourselves astray

I don’t care if we don’t come home ‘cos I don’t believe we can
I don’t care if we lose our way ‘cos it comes around again
Never gonna feel what it feels like – never gonna be the same
We can’t go home. We can’t go home.

No god is the new religion
Now every new condition
Has a new prescription
(to swallow)

Wayward stranger daze
We gave ourselves away

I don’t care if we don’t come home ‘cos I don’t believe we can
I don’t care if we lose our way ‘cos it comes around again
Never gonna feel what it feels like – never gonna be the same
We can’t go home. We can’t go home.

Never know the difference
If we lost our way
How everything seems distant now i really can’t say
These days we’re searching
For what?
We don’t know
And now the only certain is we can’t go home

Home home home

I don’t care if we don’t come home ‘cos i don’t believe we can
I don’t care if we lose our way ‘cos it comes around again
Never gonna feel what it feels like – never gonna be the same
We can’t go home. We can’t go home.

And now we know we can’t go home

The Juliana Theory, “Can’t Go Home”

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Hot New Shred Guitarist Sammy Boller Unveils ‘Path of the Heart’

Turn it up, hit play and enjoy as rising new shred guitar virtuoso Sammy Boller is releasing his brand new track “Path of the Heart” today (Nov. 20).

The Detroit-representing Boller commands your attention as he lets his dextrous and nimble fingers do the talking (or singing in this case). Boller filmed the new video at Detroit’s historic Redford Theatre, exploring every nook and cranny of the venue musically which lays idle due to current COVID-19 restrictions.

As many music venues are currently without audiences or performers, Boller decided it would be a great idea to film at the theatre to shine a light and remind us all of great music being played live in a historic venue. Watch the video below.

Though Boller issued his solo debut album Kingdom of the Sun earlier this year, “Path of the Heart” arrives as a stand-alone single. You can look for “Path of the Heart” on DSPs right now, while the entirety of Boller’s Kingdom of the Sun album can be found via the platform of your choosing here.

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Wolfgang Van Halen Debuts First Song With Tribute to Father

It’s been a little over a month since the death of guitar legend Eddie Van Halen. His son, Wolfgang Van Halen, has been teasing his upcoming solo project Mammoth WVH. Today, he released his first song “Distance,” along with an emotional tribute video dedicated to his father.

Wolfgang Van Halen sings and plays all of the instruments on the track. The tribute features clips from home videos of his father and their family over the years. Proceeds from the single will go toward the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, which helps to fund musical education programs in schools.

Watch the touching video below.

“As my pop continued to struggle with various health issues, I was imagining what my life would be like without him and how terribly I’d miss him,” WVH wrote in the description.

“While the song is incredibly personal, I think anyone can relate to the idea of having a profound loss in their life. I never intended ‘Distance’ to be the very first piece of music people would hear from me, but I also thought my father would be here to celebrate its release. This is for him. I love and miss you, Pop.”

Mammoth WVH – “Distance”

Mammoth WVH, “Distance” Lyrics

I’m so happy
You’ve found a place
That’s better for you
Than this rock we’re living on
I’m so nervous
Don’t know my place
A life without you
I’m not ready to move on

No matter what the distance is I will be with you
No matter what the distance is you’ll be okay

I’m so tired
Can’t see your face
My memory of you
Slowly fades when I go on
I’m still cryin’
Don’t want this place
A world without you
I don’t think I’ll ever move on

No matter what the distance is I will be with you
No matter what the distance is I will be with you
No matter what the distance is I will be with you
No matter what the distance is you’ll be okay

No matter what the distance is I will be with you
No matter what the distance is I will be with you
No matter what the distance is I will be with you
No matter what the distance is you’ll be okay

No matter what the distance is I will be with you
No matter what the distance is you’ll be okay
No matter what the distance is I will be with you
No matter what the distance is you’ll be okay

No matter what the distance is you’ll be okay
No matter what the distance is you’ll be okay
I’m so happy
You’ve found a place

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Sevendust’s Morgan Rose Reveals Debut Solo Single ‘The Answer’

As revealed last month during a Sevendust livestream, the band’s drummer Morgan Rose is preparing his first ever solo release. Controlled Chaos now has a Nov. 27 street date and today we’re getting Rose’s first solo single, “The Answer.”

While Rose does make the drums felt within the chugging rocker, the song takes you on a journey through hypnotic verses and a soaring chorus. It’s definitely a solid solo start for the musician. You can hear the song toward the bottom of the page and check out the lyrics right below.

Seething under my skin
Protecting all that I am
Anticipating for the last time
You can be broken
All that you want

Cause I won’t give anymore
Wish you feel alive inside
But nothing can change your mind
Erase the shadow left behind
Stop and realize
I’m not the answer

Waiting for the next face
Consider all you can take
Before you end up like the last one
Cut you right open

Just so feel what it’s like
Nothing left unknown

Wish you feel alive inside
But nothing can change your mind
Erase the shadow left behind
Stop and realize
Now you see
I’m not the answer

Tell me you want it to stop
Look me in the eyes and imagine
A world filled
With so much love and hope

Where you can feel alive inside
And nothing can change your mind
Erase the shadows left behind
Now you realize
I’m not answer
The shadow left your eyes
Finally realize
Then you’ll see
I’m not the answer

Rose co-wrote the Controlled Chaos EP with fellow Sevendust rocker Clint Lowery and welcomed Corey Taylor bassist Jason Christopher to round out his musical backing. The record will drop on Nov. 27 via Rise Records and you can pre-order the set right here.

Check out the new song “The Answer” below.

Morgan Rose, “The Answer”

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Intro
The Answer
Faster Man
Clarity
Come Alive
Exhale

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Jacoby Shaddix to Make Acting Debut, Papa Roach Announce Hits Set

There’s a lot of Papa Roach news today as the band has released a new song, announced a Greatest Hits record and revealed that singer Jacoby Shaddix will be making his acting debut in the upcoming film The Retaliators.

Shaddix will portray Quinn Brady in the upcoming horror film, and in keeping with the synergy, the band is releasing a remastered version of “The Ending” to serve as the first single from the movie’s soundtrack. You can hear the track at the bottom of this post along with a video featuring footage from the film.

Shaddix says, “When I heard about this film last year, I spoke to the creative team and I felt I had a vehicle to see if I could expand my range as an artist. Truly, I couldn’t have imagined how much I enjoyed this experience and can’t wait to find another film in the future.” He appears alongside a diverse cast, which includes Michael Lombardi (FX’s Rescue Me, The Deuce), Marc Menchaca (Ozark, Black Mirror, The Sinner) and Joseph Gatt (Ray Donovan, Game of Thrones, Banshee, Dumbo) in the high-octane horror thriller.

Lombardi, who is also a co-producer on the film, says of Shaddix’s acting in the role of Quinn Brady, “I wasn’t sure what to expect. I thought he might be good because he’s a great storyteller with his songs, but I was truly blown away by his performance as an actor. I found Jacoby to be incredibly focused and committed! He was never afraid to jump off that cliff. For example, he and I had a scene together where his character has to slap me, pull my hair and lick my face. Lucky for me we only needed two takes, because he 100 percent went for it. I had a red, smacked, wet face when the director yelled cut. He’s a beast!”

In other Papa Roach news, the band has a new hits collection focused on their tenure with their current label. Greatest Hits Vol. 2 – The Better Noise Years is due March 19. In addition to some of their well-known hits, the 21 track collection includes three unreleased remixes and two unreleased acoustic recordings. Plus Asking Alexandria’s Danny Worsnop joins the band on their song “Broken as Me” that originally appeared on the F.E.A.R. album.

The band noted, “We wanted to commemorate the last 10 years of our journey with this special collection of the music that got us here.”

Greatest Hits Vol. 2 – The Better Noise Years is currently available to pre-order at this location. Check out the track listing below.

Papa Roach, Greatest Hits Vol. 2 – The Better Noise Years Track Listing

1. Born for Greatness (Remastered 2020)
2. Help (Remastered 2020)
3. Elevate (Remastered 2020)
4. Come Around (Remastered 2020)
5. Broken as Me (feat. Danny Worsnop of Asking Alexandria)*
6. Falling Apart (Remastered 2020)
7. Who Do You Trust? (Remastered 2020)
8. Gravity (feat. Maria Brink) (Remastered 2020)
9. American Dreams (Remastered 2020)
10. Face Everything and Rise (Remastered 2020)
11. Periscope (feat. Skylar Grey) (Remastered 2020)
12. Still Swingin’ (Remastered 2020)
13. The Ending (Remastered 2020)
14. Burn (Remastered 2020)
15. Kick in the Teeth (Remastered 2020)
16. Elevate (Aelonia Remix)*
17. Help (Aelonia Remix)*
18. Born for Greatness (Cymek Remix) *
19. Top of the World (Aelonia Remix)*
20. Face Everything and Rise (Live Acoustic) *
21. Leader of the Broken Hearts (Live Acoustic)*

* – previously unreleased

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Black Veil Brides Debut ‘Scarlet Cross’ + Announce Concept Album

Black Veil Brides have just dropped a music video for the brand new song, “Scarlet Cross,” which is featured on their 2021 album, The Phantom Tomorrow. In addition the band has announced plans for an accompanying graphic novel. 

The visual for “Scarlet Cross” was directed by longtime collaborator Patrick Fogarty and is based on a concept written by frontman Andy Biersack. The video, which was shot to look like an old school comic book serial, is the first in a series that will follow the story of The Phantom Tomorrow main character The Blackbird.

“We are incredibly excited to share not only this new song ‘Scarlet Cross,’ but also our vision for the world of The Phantom Tomorrow and its characters,” the band shared via a press release. “We are in the final stages of writing for this record and have begun work on our forthcoming The Phantom Tomorrow graphic novel. We intend to continue to share elements of the story in the coming months and can’t wait for everyone to see what we have been working on!”

For the BVB Army (that’d be the band’s fans if you’re not already familiar), 2020 has been a best-of-both-worlds scenario. Their debut album, We Stitch These Wounds, which came out in 2010, was re-recorded in its entirety and was released as Re-Stitch These Wounds and now there’s a new track to listen to in advance of the 2021 record.

The record also served as the first full album to feature bassist Lonny Eagleton, who became an official member in 2019 and had initially linked up with Andy Biersack as the guitar player in the singer’s solo band (Andy Black) prior to joining Black Veil Brides.

“Scarlet Cross” isn’t the first Black Veil Brides song to feature Eagleton though. In November of last year, the group issued the two-track The Night EP, which added “Saints of the Blood” and “The Vengeance” to the BVB canon.

Watch the video for the new Black Veil Brides single directly below.

The Phantom Tomorrow is the follow-up to 2018’s Vale and will be released in 2021 on Sumerian Records.

Black Veil Brides, “Scarlet Cross” Lyrics

My mind remains my pain
I’m tied down to this chain
It spirals as I ache
To find holy embrace
Stay here with me, I’m afraid of my soul
Blackened and left in control
Cannot be free and you can’t deny
The end is coming

Will we live?
When we die?
Just keep on saving our goodbyes
The fear and the cost
The world will stain us with a scarlet cross

A symbol for my shame
The color of your name.
It’s how they see you break
And live with my mistakes.
Sin for me, cast away from it all
Watching every letter fall
Hold onto me, I can’t let go
The End is coming

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Foo Fighters Livestreaming Roxy Show

In need of a Foo fix? Dave Grohl and his band of Foo Fighters will be taking the stage at the Roxy in Hollywood this Saturday (Nov. 14) playing a full set from the iconic Sunset Strip club and you can watch it take place via a livestream.

The band just debuted new music this past week, showcasing their new single “Shame Shame” on Saturday Night Live. Along with that performance came the announcement of the new album, Medicine at Midnight, coming on Feb. 5, so this figures to be a busy time for the group as they ramp up promotion for their new record.

While the pandemic is keeping them off the road, this livestream show will provide the next best thing putting the band right into your living room thanks to the virtual livestream. The band has partnered with NoCap for this event and tickets for this show are going for $15 and it gives viewers a chance to see the band play in an intimate environment while delivering a full on rock show. Tickets for the event are on sale now at this location and you’ll be able to replay the show for the next 48 hours from the start of the event.

The concert will be taking place this Saturday (Nov. 14) at 5PM PT. And if you want to treat it like a regular show, there will also be limited edition event merchandise from the gig as well that you can find here.

The show is being sponsored in part by Coors Light, with the “Beer’s Eye View” feature giving fans a look behind the scenes backstage and into the thick of the action onstage, giving the viewers the “best seat in the house,” all from the “Can Cam,” which is attached to Dave Grohl’s own Coors Light can.

A portion of the proceeds for the evening will also go to the Sweet Relief Foundation’s Musicians Fund. Learn more about Sweet Relief’s efforts here.

In other Foo Fighters news, the band has now released the video for “Shame Shame” off of the new Medicine at Midnight album. The clip, directed by Paola Kudacki, co-stars Dave Grohl and actress Sofia Boutella, recounting a dream that Grohl has been haunted by since his childhood. The song is featured on the Medicine at Midnight album, due Feb. 5. You can pre-order you copy here (As Amazon affiliates, we earn on qualifying purchases).

Foo Fighters, “Shame Shame”

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Asphyx’s Brutal Song ‘Botox Implosion’ Will Rearrange Your Face

Esteemed death metal vets Asphyx have set Necroceros as the title of their forthcoming 10th album, which will be released on Jan. 22 of next year. Up first for a taste of what’s coming next is “Botox Implosion,” which the Netherlands’ group just debuted a music video for.

Asphyx were among the earliest pioneers of the doom-laced death metal style, capable of slowing their relentless assault down to a bone-crunching crawl. Even in this trademark style, they never shy from dishing out more red-lined tracks, which is what we’ve got here with “Botox Implosion.”

“We actually wanted to film this on Sunset Boulevard in L.A., where most of the pathetic subjects of this song have their residence,” said howling frontman Martin van Drunen. “But due to the pandemic, it was best not to fly over to the USA,” he lamented.

The vocalist went on, “Since it’s a fast-shredding song and written in the typical humorous death metal gore tradition, we put a few laughable elements in it. Fortunately, good old Turock in Essen was so friendly to let us film there and while we’re usually not that keen on shooting videos, with this one, we had quite some fun. Still, it is a helluva brutal tune!”

Watch the video for “Botox Implosion” below and follow along with these lyrics:

Booming business
Med-spa industry
Leeches preying
On low self-esteem

Insecure adolescents
Mentally unstable souls
Faded celebrities

Refusing to get old
Omnipresent media
TV and Internet
Defining attractiveness
Idiotic standards set

Fake depressions
Whining teens
Obsessed with beauty
Drama kings and queens

Appointment at the clinic
Plastic surgery
Desirable physical traits
Abdominoplasty
Cosmetic procedures
Breast augmentation
Silicone implants
Botox injections

Into the OR
Improving life
General anesthesia
Under the knife

Black market fillers
Incapable quack
Cheap materials
Causing skin to crack

Gaining consciousness
Finally that day
Tell-tale mirror
Rot and decay

Bodily implosions
Putrid nipples leaking pus
No parading the boulevards
Just contempt and disgust
Instead of perfection
In everlasting decline
Human toxic Waste
Bride of Frankenstein

Necroceros was recorded at Tom Meier Studio as well as guitarist Paul Baayen’s The Mörserstudio and was mixed and mastered by Sebastian “Seeb” Levermann at Greenman Studios. Pre-order the album here (note: U.S. vinyl will be available Feb. 12) and view the album art and track listing further down the page.

Asphyx, “Botox Implosion”

AsphyxNecroceros Album Art + Track Listing

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01. “The Sole Cure is Death”
02. “Molten Black Earth”
03. “Mount Skull”
04. “Knights Templar Stand”
05. “Three Years of Famine”
06. “Botox Implosion”
07. “In Blazing Oceans”
08. “The Nameless Elite”
09. “Yield or Die”
10. “Necroceros”

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Killer Be Killed Release ‘Inner Calm From Outer Storms’

Killer Be Killed are back with “Inner Calm From Outer Storms,” the latest single from their forthcoming Reluctant Hero album. And it’s safe to say that the song lives up to the title.

The track starts off relying heavily on the drumming of Ben Koller, accentuated with some low end bass mastery as well. Singers Greg Puciato and Troy Sanders trade vocals in the sludgy moving verses, providing an almost hypnotic vibe representing the “inner calm” of the song, but things then pick up significantly. Enter Max Cavalera on vocals like a wrecking ball right as the track transitions to a full throttle, high energy pit starter giving us the “outer storms” so to speak.

“‘Inner Calm From Outer Storms’ is about having the ability to sense a distant or unseen target,” explains Troy Sanders. “It explores a journey of reckless abandon where the destination may, or may not, actually exist.”

Greg Puciato agrees, saying the lyrics reference “the idea of being open to the freedom of having chaos be a state of existence.” Check out the lyrics below.

Are you made from the moonlight
To return to the sea
Stay awake for your whole life
Only curse is to sleep

Wired into the night sky
Course is fine to lead the way

Are you filled with the divine
That was locked in the street
Did you take a chance with your whole life
Do you only love to be free

Sun has shone
Shone exertion
Dissipate from the constant pass
Poles sway all the energies
Distant race without a path

Enthroned
The realm above
Collision of the universe
Cosmic lunacy
I’ll take your soul/collect my fee
Trash hole from beyond
Every fear will burn
Beneath the burning sky
Embrace me one last time

Ashes of unholy serpent
A man again now I must be

Defiant warlord
Unleash your hate upon us
Cryptic vortex
Extinction rises and you’re next

From beyond this mortal body
Inner calm from outer storms

Come in with a purpose
I could never sound the alarm
I would never run first
Look at what a coward you are

Pariah/messiah…mercenary
Death threat emissary
Tyrant/usurper
Judge…jury…executioner

All this fire for your war
So now I’ll stay here killing
Not for anyone else
I only live for myself
Nobody else
I know you know how it felt

Blackhole existence
Defy the system
Out of a body experience…now!

“Inner Calm From Outer Storms” is the third single from the Reluctant Hero album, which is due Nov. 20 via Nuclear Blast Records. Pre-orders for the album are currently being taken here while you can also pre-save the record via digital platforms.

Killer Be Killed, “Inner Calm From Outer Streams”

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System of a Down Release First New Music in 15 Years

System of a Down are back with new music, issuing the two new tracks “Protect the Land” and “Genocidal Humanoidz” which can be heard in the players below.

While the group members were unable to reach common ground on a new album during sessions a few years back, they did unite to record two new tracks to address the current war in Artsakh that is affecting a largely Armenian community.

In their statement on the matter, the band explain:

We as System Of A Down have just released new music for the first time in 15 years. The time to do this is now, as together, the four of us have something extremely important to say as a unified voice. These two songs, “Protect The Land” and “Genocidal Humanoidz” both speak of a dire and serious war being perpetrated upon our cultural homelands of Artsakh and Armenia.

We’re proud to share these songs with you and hope you enjoy listening to them. Further, we encourage you to read on to learn more about their origins and once you do, hope you are inspired to speak out about the horrific injustices and human rights violations occurring there now. Most importantly and urgently, we humbly implore you to donate, in sums small or large to help those adversely affected with what are ever growing accounts of crimes against humanity.

In turn, you will receive downloads of these two new songs and the feeling that you’re truly making a difference. These funds will be used to provide crucial and desperately needed aid and basic supplies for those affected by these hideous acts.

On September 27, the combined forces of Azerbaijan and Turkey (along with Isis terrorists from Syria) attacked the Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh, which we as Armenians call Artsakh. For over the past month, civilians young and old have been awakened day and night by the frightful sights and sounds of rocket attacks, falling bombs, missiles, drones and terrorist attacks. They’ve had to find sanctuary in makeshift shelters, trying to avoid the fallout of outlawed cluster bombs raining down on their streets and homes, hospitals and places of worship. Their attackers have set their forests and endangered wildlife ablaze using white phosphorus, another banned weapon.

And Why?

Because over 30 years ago in 1988, the Armenians of Nagorno-Karabakh (which at the time was an Autonomous Oblast within the USSR), were tired of being treated as second class citizens and decided to declare their rightful independence from the Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic whose borders engulfed their own. This ultimately led to a war of self determination by Armenians in Karabakh against Azerbaijan that ended in a cease fire in 1994, with Armenians retaining control of their ancestral homelands and maintaining their independence to the present day. Our people have lived there for millennia, and for most families there, it’s the only home they and their forefathers and mothers have ever known. They just want to live in peace as they have for centuries.

The current corrupt regimes of Aliyev in Azerbaijan and Erdogan in Turkey now want to not only claim these lands as their own, but are committing genocidal acts with impunity on humanity and wildlife to achieve their mission. They are banking on the world being too distracted with COVID, elections and civil unrest to call out their atrocities. They have the bankroll, the resources and have recruited massive public relations firms to spin the truth and conceal their barbaric objective of genocide. This is not the time to turn a blind eye.

There is an immediate need for global citizens to urge their respective governments to not only condemn the actions of these crooked dictators, but to also insist world leaders act with urgency to bring peace to the region and rightfully recognize Artsakh as the independent nation it is.

We realize that for many of you, there are more convenient ways you like listening to music, so please consider the opportunity to download these songs as an act of charity above all else. Think of the list price for the downloads as a minimum donation, and if you have the ability and can be more generous with your donation, every single member of System Of A Down will be even more grateful for your benevolence. Band royalties from this initiative will be donated to Armenia Fund, a US based charity organization instrumental in providing those in need in Artsakh and Armenia with supplies needed for their basic survival.

The music and lyrics speak for themselves. We need you to speak for Artsakh.

Peace,

Daron, Shavo, John and Serj

Both “Protect the Land” and “Genocidal Humanoidz” have been released via the group’s Bandcamp page. The funds from orders for the songs and the band’s new merch collection will be used to provide desperately needed aid and basic supplies for those affected by the war in Artsakh. Place your orders here and find the music via the platform of your choosing at this location.

“Please consider the opportunity to download these songs as an act of charity irrespective of how you choose to listen to them today, tomorrow and for years to come,” state the band.

The group has also issued a new video for “Protect the Land” directed by Ara Soudjian and Shavo Odadjian that can be viewed below the lyrics for the song.

“Protect the Land” Lyrics

The big gun tells you what your life is worth
What do we deserve before we end the earth
If they will try to push you far away
Would you stay
And take a stand
Would you stay with gun in hand
They protect the land
They protect the land

Those who protect the land
Those who protect the land
Those who protect

The enemy of man is his own decay
If they’re evil now then evil they will stay
They will try to push you far away
Would you stay and take a stand
Would you stay with gun in hand
They protect the land
They protect the land
They protect the land

Our history and victory and legacy we send
From scavengers and invaders those who protect the land
Those who protect the land
Those who protect
Those who protect the land
Those who protect

Some were forced to foreign lands
Some would lay dead on the sand
Would you stay and take command
Would you stay with gun in hand (with gun in hand)
They protect the land
They protect the land
They protect the land

Our history and victory and legacy we send
from scavengers and invaders those who protect the land
Our history and victory and legacy we send
from scavengers and invaders those who protect
Those who protect the land
Those who protect the land
Those who protect
Those who protect the land
Those who protect

System of a Down, “Protect the Land”

System of a Down, “Genocidal Humanoidz”

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Satellite Citi Share Support of Armenia With New Video ‘Antibody’

The growing war in Artsakh has been in the news of late as Azerbaijan has invaded the country, which neighbors Armenia and is filled with a largely Armenian population. System of a Down are the most well known act to have spoken out about the conflict, but they’re not alone. Up-and-coming rockers Satellite Citi are sharing their new video for “Antibody” as a way of bringing awareness to the latest attacks on the Armenian people.

The song, which is dedicated to the people of Armenia, features a guest vocal from Crobot‘s Brandon Yeagley. Satellite Citi features drummer/vocalist Anna Gevorkian and guitarist Shaunt Sulahian, both Armenian-Americans born and raised in Los Angeles.

Like many first-generation Armenians and children of immigrants, they have learned about the struggles their ancestors faced throughout their lives. They even launched their career in 2015 with the poignant track “Rock Bottom” to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.

With the latest attacks against their home country, the band teamed up with director Rosie Geozalian to create a video that showcases symbols of Armenian strength. In fact, the group has offered commentary on some of the shots and landmarks featured in the video that can be viewed at the bottom of this post.

“Our track ‘Antibody’ lyrically is about overcoming obstacles and silencing your enemies, no matter how hard they might try to bring you down,” Anna and Shaunt said. “We were honored to have Brandon Yeagley of Crobot sing on this track with us. His voice really brought the song together musically. The music video helps us connect the song back to our motherland, Armenia. With the recent war in Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh), and continuous war crimes happening to Armenian civilians, carried out by Azerbaijan and Turkey, we felt the need to let people know we are here, standing together, stronger than ever, and nothing will change that.”

Adds director Rosie Geozalian, “We had already started working on the ‘Antibody’ video when I woke up one morning to reports of the attacks occurring in Artsakh and Armenia. As members of the Armenian diaspora, the tragedies taking place consumed our thoughts and emotions; the visuals shifted to reflect that. Creating the video for ‘Antibody’ became a way of processing the ongoing cultural trauma we face as Armenians, while paying homage to our brothers and sisters risking their lives to protect the motherland.”

Crobot’s Brandon Yeagley continues, “We are all looking for a little extra boost in immunity right about now. Now, I’m no doctor but I know when Satellite Citi hit me up to be a part of their hard-hitting, slinky song ‘Antibody’ there was no hesitation. So come along for the ride—’cause if you ain’t part of the cure, you’re part of the disease!”

In coordination with the release of the song, Satellite Citi are also selling a T-shirt tied to the “Antibody” track with all proceeds going to the Armenia Fund. It’s available to purchase here.

The band is also directing people interested in learning more about the conflict and how they can help to sign petitions at Armenian Rights Watch and ANCA, while donations can assist the Armenia Fund and the Armenian Wounded Heroes Fund.

“Antibody” will be featured on Satellite Citi’s upcoming album Fear Tactics, which is being produced by Brad Wood and is expected to arrive in 2021. “It’s important to us to help people control and ultimately confront and overcome their fears by realizing they’re not alone in this crazy world,” the duo shared. “And so many of us are going through the same things, the same struggles and day to day anxiety. Especially during this pandemic, it’s been such a shift in reality for us and we’re realizing how important human connection is.”

In the interim, you can pick up “Antibody” via the group’s Bandcamp page. Stay up to date with the group via their website, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter and Spotify accounts.

Satellite City, “Antibody”

Satellite Citi

Satellite Citi, “Antibody” (Featuring Crobot’s Brandon Yeagley)

Satellite Citi Share the Symbolism of the “Antibody” Video

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