System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian Appears On Newly Released “Game Of Thrones” Season 8 Soundtrack

“Game Of Thrones” officially came to an end last night (May 19) and the season eight soundtrack is now available for purchase. Among the songs featured on the release is a studio version of “The Rains Of Castamere,” which includes vocals from System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian. You can stream that below. If you missed it, you can also find footage of the singer performing the track live during the 2017 “Game Of Thrones Live Concert Experience” in Los Angeles HERE.

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Serj Tankian Joins Tom Morello Onstage For Cover Of Audioslave’s “Like A Stone” At Sonic Temple

During his May 17 set at the Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival in Columbus, OH, Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine, etc.) was joined onstage by System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian. You can see footage of them performing Audioslave’s “Like A Stone” in honor of the late Chris Cornell (Soundgarden, etc.) at the 4:28 mark in the below video:

Daron Malakian Says System Of A Down “Don’t Necessarily See Eye To Eye With Where [Serj Tankian] Would Wanna Take The Band”

During a recent interview on “Talk Is Jericho,” Daron Malakian discussed System Of A Down’s failed attempts at making a new album once again. According to him, “creative differences” between frontman Serj Tankian and the other members of the group are largely to blame for the lack of output.

Malakian said the following:

“SYSTEM had a certain way of putting together the albums and the music, and I guess that was me writing and all that, and producing the records, along with Rick [Rubin]. And Serj wants to do things a different way. And it’s not just me — it’s kind of three of us that don’t necessarily see eye to eye with where he would wanna take the band. So that’s kind of where we’re at. A lot of people think it’s just between me and him, and that’s not really the case.”

Despite this, Malakian says all the members of the band still get along:

“I don’t hate anybody in my band. A lot of people are, like, ‘Well, creative differences.’ In our case, that’s the truth. It really is a creative-difference type of thing where a few of us wanna take the band and where someone wants to take the band in another way. And it’s a creative-difference thing. When it comes to happy holidays, Easters, birthdays, we’re all still cool, we all consider each other like a family. SYSTEM OF A DOWN is a special thing, and it’s us four. Like I said, in our case, there is none of that, ‘I can’t stand seeing the guy eat a hamburger.'”

Malakian previously made headlines in July 2018 after basically saying Tankian was the one standing in the way of a new album. Tankian then responded with a lengthy statement to offer a more detailed explanation as to why the band haven’t created new music. Shavo Odadjian then chimed in by saying the group aren’t fighting and that they actually “have material that tops everything [they’ve] done.” However, Tankian then shot that down saying nothing has changed since the original public dispute. More recently, Malakian said he doesn’t think the band will make a new record anytime soon.

[via Blabbermouth]

System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian Teams Up With Members Of Dethklok On New Cover Of Blue Öyster Cult’s “Godzilla”

System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian and Dethklok‘s Brendon Small, Bryan Beller, and Gene Hoglan (also of Testament) have joined forces for a new cover of Blue Öyster Cult‘s “Godzilla.“ The track was recorded for the new movie “Godzilla: King Of Monsters,” which will hit theaters on May 31. The soundtrack will be released earlier on May 24. Tankian commented:

“Surprise!! So my friend composer Bear McCreary calls last year and says “I have a crazy idea-would you sing on the cover of Blue Öyster Cult’s Godzilla for the film “Godzilla-King of the Monsters?” Fuck yeah!!!!!! The track features a full orchestra, Japanese Taiko drums, a male chanting choir and the thrashing rock sounds of Dethklok (Brendon Small, Gene Hoglan, and Bryan Beller) from Metalocalypse…”

[via Rolling Stone]

New Documentary On Serj Tankian (System Of A Down) In The Works

Serj Tankian (System Of A Down) has revealed that he is working on a new documentary focusing on activism and his career. He posted the following about that:

[via The PRP]

O.R.k. Premiere New Video For “Black Blooms” Feat. System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian

O.R.k. have premiered a new video for their new song “Black Blooms.“ This track features System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian and it will appear on the band’s new album “Ramagehead” (out February 22).

System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian To Guest On New O.R.k. Album “Ramagehead”

System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian has recorded guest vocals for a new O.R.k. song titled “Black Blooms.“ That track is from the band‘s new album “Ramagehead,“ which will be released on February 22. The effort’s first single “Kneel To Nothing” can be found below, along with the track listing and the cover art, which was created by Tool’s Adam Jones.

“Ramagehead” Track Listing:

01. “Kneel to Nothing”
02. “Signals Erased”
03. “Beyond Sight”
04. “Black Blooms” (feat. Serj Tankian)
05. “Time Corroded”
06. “Down the Road”
07. “Some Other Rainbow Part 1”
08. “Strangled Words”
09. “Some Other Rainbow”