System Of A Down Drummer John Dolmayan‘s These Grey Men Project Share Video For Cover Of Radiohead‘s “Street Spirit (Fade Out)” Feat. M. Shadows (Avenged Sevenfold) & Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine)

These Grey Men, the covers project featuring System Of A Down drummer John Dolmayan, have shared an official video for their cover of Radiohead‘s “Street Spirit (Fade Out).” The track, which features Avenged Sevenfold frontman M. Shadows and Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello, will appear on the band’s self-titled debut album, which is set to be released on February 28.

Dolmayan told Rolling Stone the following:

“This song in particular is a really touching and moving song. I love the morose, in-your-room-and-it’s-raining-outside, it’s cold and your girlfriend dumped you feeling that this song always gave me… But when I listened to it, I’d be like, ‘I kinda wish the drums came in earlier’, or, ‘How would [John] Bonham approach this song if this was a [Led] Zeppelin song?’ Because I’m such a fan of the song, I wanted to do a version of it in homage.”

M. Shadows added:

“When John told me he wanted to reimagine some of his favorite songs for an album I was very intrigued. I’ve always respected Radiohead but wasn’t familiar with their full catalog. When John sent ‘Street Spirit’ I instantly was blow away by the sounds. Since then I have been on a huge Radiohead kick. Adding Tom Morello to our version was the icing on the cake. I feel this recording stays true to the original while adding John’s overall vision.”

Here’s the full track listing for These Grey Men’s debut album:

01. “Hung Up” (Madonna cover)
02. “Street Spirit (Fade Out)” (Radiohead cover) (feat. M. Shadows & Tom Morello)
03. “Beautiful Thieves” (AFI cover)
04. “Road to Nowhere” (Talking Heads cover) (feat. Serj Tankian)
05. “Rock Bottom” (Eminem cover)
06. “Runaway” (Del Shannon cover)
07. “Starman” (David Bowie cover) (feat. Serj Tankian)
08. “What You Know” (Two Door Cinema Club cover)

System Of A Down’s John Dolmayan Filming New Video With Avenged Sevenfold’s M. Shadows For His These Grey Men Project

It looks like we may finally get to hear some music from System Of A Down drummer John Dolmayan’s These Grey Men covers project. Dolmayan recently took to social media to reveal that he was filming a music video for the first single, which will feature Avenged Sevenfold frontman M. Shadows.

Avenged Sevenfold’s “Live In The LBC & Diamonds In The Rough” To Be Released Digitally For First Time

Avenged Sevenfold have announced that they will be re-releasing “Live In The LBC & Diamonds In The Rough.” “Diamonds In The Rough” will be available digitally on February 7 and it will feature several bonus tracks including the recently released “Set Me Free.” A vinyl version of that effort is also available for pre-order HERE. “Live In The LBC” will be available digitally on March 6.

“Diamonds In The Rough” Track Listing:

01. “Demons”
02. “Girl I Know”
03. “Crossroads”
04. “Flash Of The Blade” (Iron Maiden Cover)
05. “Until The End”
06. “Tension”
07. “Walk” (Pantera Cover)
08. “The Fight”
09. “Dancing Dead”
10. “Almost Easy” (CLA Mix)
11. “Afterlife” (Alternate Version)

Bonus Tracks:

12. “St. James”
13. “Set Me Free”
14. “4 AM”
15. “Lost It All”
16. “Paranoid” (Black Sabbath cover)

“Live In The LBC” Track Listing:

01. “Critical Acclaim” (Live)
02. “Second Heartbeat” (Live)
03. “Afterlife” (Live)
04. “Beast And The Harlot” (Live)
05. “Scream” (Live)
06. “Seize The Day” (Live)
07. “Walk” (Live)
08. “Bat Country” (Live)
09. “Almost Easy” (Live)
10. “Gunslinger” (Live)
11. “Unholy Confessions” (Live)
12. “A Little Piece Of Heaven” (Live)

Frontman M. Shadows commented:

“It’s very typical of musicians to write 20 to 30 songs for a particular album. Most of the time, they take the best of the bunch and call it a day, discarding the rest. We have never written like that. We don’t usually finish songs unless they are fulfilling a purpose. The one exception to this was during the self-titled era. We were experimenting with our sound, producing ourselves and we had no one to reel us in.

Eventually, the unreleased songs from these sessions were released under the name Diamonds in the Rough. We’ve heard the demand from many fans that want to stream the album and we wanted to make it special. So, we have remastered the album and added some hard to find tracks. We even found an unreleased track from the Hail to the King sessions that we think you will enjoy.”

Avenged Sevenfold Premiere New Song “Set Me Free”

Avenged Sevenfold have premiered a new song titled “Set Me Free.” The track was originally recorded during the “Hail To The King” sessions and it will be featured on the streaming version of “Diamonds In The Rough,” which is set to be released on February 7.

Watch Infectious Grooves (Suicidal Tendencies, Metallica, Etc.) Cover Faith No More’s “We Care A Lot” At Sick Bastards Social Fest

On November 17, Infectious Grooves took the stage at the Sick Bastards Social Fest in São Paulo, Brazil with a lineup consisting of Mike Muir (Suicidal Tendencies), Robert Trujillo (Metallica), Jim Martin (ex-Faith No More), Brooks Wackerman (Avenged Sevenfold), and Dean Pleasants (Suicidal Tendencies). You can see footage of the group covering Faith No More’s “We Care A Lot” below:

[via Blabbermouth]

System Of A Down’s John Dolmayan: “We Played A Couple Of Shows That I Was Not Proud Of Recently”

During a recent appearance on Avenged Sevenfold bassist Johnny Christ‘s “Drinks With Johnny,” System Of A Down drummer John Dolmayan opened up about the current state of the band. Among the topics covered was the group’s live shows, some of which Dolmayan “was not proud of recently.”

Dolmayan said the following:

“I’m gonna be honest with you — we played a couple of shows that I was not proud of recently, because we didn’t put in the practice, and we had, like, a skeleton crew. They [are the ones who] set up the equipment, they set up the lights, all the production. All this stuff has to be set up so that we can go up and do our jobs, which is to entertain you ultimately. And these guys all have to work when we’re not working.

Avenged does it the right way — they’ll do an album cycle, they’ll do a hundred shows, or whatever it is in that cycle, which means they can employ these people for a year to two years. System does it the complete opposite way and half-assed. We employ people for three to four weeks, which means we get who’s available as opposed to who we wanna work with long term.”

He also had the following to say about the band’s lack of new material:

“We’ve been enormously successful with each other. So, ego gets in the way a lot. It gets in the way of relationships, it gets in the way of business relationships, and sometimes you lose sight of why you started to do something together. In any industry, but more so in music, people get into their heads sometimes. You’ve gotta let things go in life.

You have to let things go in that you’re gonna offend each other, you’re gonna have problems. Every relationship has them. So you’ve gotta get past it and get out of your own fucking way ultimately, and System just hasn’t been able to do that. We have some things that have gotten in the way of doing what we do best.”

On another note, Dolmayan also talked a bit about his These Grey Men covers project, which will feature guest appearances from M. Shadows (Avenged Sevenfold), Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine, etc.), and more:

“I worked with really cool people… Again, I’m not trying to create something to compete with System. I’m just doing it because I enjoy playing music. I’m not a songwriter, but I can arrange the fuck out of songs. So, I arranged these songs in a way that I thought was interesting and I listened to songs that I thought maybe there was a lack. Or what would I do if I played this song? What would I do if I was presented this song?”

[via Blabbermouth]

Avenged Sevenfold Discuss “Exist” In Latest Episode Of Their “Breakdown” Video Series

Avenged Sevenfold have shared parts one and two of the 11th episode in their “Breakdown” video series. This one finds the band discussing the writing and recording process for “Exist” off their latest album “The Stage.”