Watch Machine Head’s Robb Flynn And Jared MacEachern Cover Iron Maiden, Metallica, Etc. Songs

On January 15, Machine Head’s Robb Flynn and Jared MacEachern played a virtual “Electric Happy Hour” set. The performance included various Machine Head tracks as well as covers of Iron Maiden’s “Hallowed Be Thy Name,” Metallica’s “Master Of Puppets,” System Of A Down’s “Aerials,” and a snippet of Bryan Adams’ “Summer Of ’69.” You can watch the full show below:

Watch New Trailer For Serj Tankian (System Of A Down) Documentary “Truth To Power”

A new trailer has been released for the upcoming Serj Tankian (System Of A Down) documentary “Truth To Power.” That film is set to be released on February 19.

Here’s a description of the documentary:

“Millions fill stadiums across the world for the sound of Serj Tankian, the Grammy-winning lead singer of System Of A Down. With exclusive interviews, adventures, and original footage personally filmed by Serj, TRUTH TO POWER allows audiences backstage access to an international rock star whose faith in music not only revolutionized heavy metal, but also world events. Throughout his life, the musician has pursued social justice, harnessing the power of his songs and celebrity for real political change. Serj’s voice is equally likely to take on American corporate greed as lambast the corrupt regime of his homeland. His decades-long campaign for formal U.S. recognition of the Armenian Genocide was finally approved by Congress last year. Governments hate him. People love him.

Set to the propulsions of an original soundtrack composed by Serj, his critically acclaimed solo work, as well as the iconic music of System Of A Down, TRUTH TO POWER is also an artist portrait with a revealing look at the musician as he writes music—from inception to recording—and pursues ambitions outside of the band. It includes memories from legendary producer Rick Rubin on System Of A Down’s early years and its unlikely breakthrough, the bandmates’ candid insights about the splinters and highpoints for the group, and stories from Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello on his bond with Serj as social justice advocates and their “Axis of Justice” nonprofit.

Film features new music from the upcoming Serj Tankian EP “Elasticity” coming soon on Alchemy Recordings.

A film by Garin Hovannisian
Executive Produced by Joe Berlinger

Available in Virtual Cinemas worldwide starting February 19th, 2021.”

Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine) And Serj Tankian (System Of A Down) Stream Cover Of Gang Of Four’s “Natural’s Not In It“

Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine) and Serj Tankian (System Of A Down) have released their cover of Gang Of Four’s “Natural’s Not In It.“ This track is from the new Andy Gill tribute album, “The Problem of Leisure: A Celebration Of Andy Gill And Gang Of Four,” which will be released on May 14.

Morello told Spin the following:

“Andy Gill was one of a handful of artists in history who changed the way guitars are played. His band Gang of Four were just incendiary and completely groundbreaking with Andy’s confrontational, unnerving and sublime playing at the forefront. His jagged plague-disco raptor-attack industrial-funk deconstructed guitar anti-hero sonics and fierce poetic radical intellect were hugely influential to me.”

Tankian added:

“It was a real pleasure to work on this track with Tom and honor the legacy of Andy and Gang of Four at the same time.”

Gill’s widow Catherine Mayer also commented:

“Andy loved what Tom and Serj did with this song, the fierceness of their attack and the jet-engine scream of feedback. This was a track Andy always enjoyed performing. He said their version brilliantly captured all the explosive, danceable energy ‘Natural’s Not In It’ can create in live performance.”

Watch Machine Head’s Robb Flynn Cover The Eagles, Green Day, Pearl Jam, Etc. Acoustically

On December 18, Machine Head frontman Robb Flynn played a virtual “Acoustic Happy Hour Xmas Extravaganza” set. The performance included various Machine Head tracks as well as covers of Green Day’s “American Idiot,” Judas Priest’s “Breaking the Law,” Metallica’s “The Memory Remains,” The Eagles’ “Hotel California,” Pearl Jam’s “Black,” System Of A Down’s “Aerials,” Nirvana’s “Heart-Shaped Box,” George Michael’s “Carless Whisper,” and Alice In Chains’ “Bleed The Freak” and “Man In The Box.” You can watch the full show below:

System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian Planning To Release New EP “Elasticity” In February

Serj Tankian previously revealed that he was planning to release a new EP featuring songs he originally wrote for System Of A Down and now he has revealed that he his planning to release the effort in February. The EP, which is titled “Elasticity,” was originally set to be released this fall, but the frontman delayed it to focus on raising awareness about the Nagorno-Karabakh war by releasing two new songs with System Of A Down.

Tankian told Rolling Stone the following:

“‘Elasticity’, the songs on that EP were written many years back. When I wrote them, the original concept, for me, was, ‘What rock songs can come out of me right now that I can possibly work with System on?’ So the intention was, actually, to sit down, and I’ve played them for the [other] guys [in System], and we even kind of messed around with some of ’em, and whatnot. And, obviously, we were unable to see eye-to-eye on continuing the future recordings of System, except for, obviously, these two songs for the cause that we’ve done, and that was before — obviously, a couple of years before. So these songs, I decided to finish them myself and release them. And they are really interesting and beautiful songs — going from really heavy type of System-esque type of music to really beautiful, ballady — including pianos and string arrangements and stuff like that. So, it’s quite diverse for just five songs. And thematically, it’s quite diverse as well — a song about terrorism; a song about protests in Armenia years ago; a song about my son Rumi, kind of also cut with the poet Rumi, in a way — it’s an homage to the poet Rumi and his namesake, basically, in a way. And a few other pieces. So it’s kind of all around the place, as everything I do is.”

He also added:

“[The EP] was supposed to come out in October, but when the war started, and when we decided to put out two songs with System, that took priority for me. And I just called the record company that we’re working with and just said, ‘We need to push this. Can we make this work?’ And they were very cool about it.”

[via Blabbermouth]

New Documentary On System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian “Truth To Power” To Be Release In February

According to Rolling Stone, a new documentary on System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian is set to be released on February 19 via Oscilloscope Laboratories. The film, which is titled “Truth To Power,” will “examine the role the singer played in the 2018 Armenian Revolution and his history of activism.” The documentary was directed by Garin Hovannisian and it will feature interviews and footage from Tankian himself, as well as interviews with his System Of A Down bandmates, producer Rick Rubin, Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine, etc.), and more. It will also include a score by Tankian as well.

August Burns Red Release Cover Of System Of A Down’s “Chop Suey!”

August Burns Red have released a cover of System Of A Down‘s “Chop Suey!.“ JB Brubaker said the following about that:

“After years of playing ‘Chop Suey!‘ over the PA system right before we took the stage at our shows, we decided to take a crack at the song ourselves. This is truly one of the most legendary rock/metal songs of all time and it was so much fun to cover. I’m especially proud of our singer Jake and our bassist Dustin. We haven’t done much clean singing in our music and this song showcases our vocalists in a whole new way.”

Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine) And Serj Tankian (System Of A Down) To Release Cover Of Gang Of Four’s “Natural’s Not In It“ In January

Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine) and Serj Tankian (System Of A Down) will be releasing their cover of Gang Of Four’s “Natural’s Not In It“ on January 1. The track will serve as the first single from the new Andy Gill tribute album, “The Problem of Leisure: A Celebration Of Andy Gill And Gang Of Four,” which will be released on May 14.

Gang Of Four said the following:

“It is with pride, joy, excitement and a measure of sadness that we announce The Problem of Leisure: A Celebration of Andy Gill and Gang of Four, a project Andy worked on right up to his death in February. This double album features tracks written by Andy and Gang of Four, newly reinterpreted and recorded by artists whose own unique contributions to music were enriched by listening to Gang of Four.

The first single has seen Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine) collaborate with Serj Tankian (System Of A Down) to create an incredible cover of Natural’s Not In It. It will be released on Andy’s birthday, January 1st 2021. All the brilliant artists and bands participating in the album chose which track they wished to cover from across Gang of Four’s 40-plus year history. Details of the contributors and the full track listing will be revealed in January.

We can already tell you this: The Problem of Leisure is the dog’s bollocks. And so is the album artwork, created specially by artist Damien Hirst, a long-term Gang of Four aficionado. The album is available to pre-order now in a variety of different formats exclusively from our merchandise store. It will be released on 14th May 2021…”

Morello also commented:

“Andy Gill was one of a handful of artists in history who changed the way guitars are played. His band @GangOfFourOfficial were just incendiary and completely groundbreaking with Andy’s confrontational, unnerving and sublime playing at the forefront. His jagged plague-disco raptor-attack industrial-funk deconstructed guitar anti-hero sonics and fierce poetic radical intellect were hugely influential to me. Honored to be part of this tribute to Andy and @GangOfFourOfficial. @SerjTankian and I teamed up to take on “Natural’s Not In It” and you’ll be able to hear it next month…”

System Of A Down Share Behind The Scenes Footage From The Making Of Their “Protect The Land” Video

System Of A Down have shared a behind the scenes look at the making of their music video for “Protect The Land.” You can check that out below. As previously reported, the band recently released “Protect The Land” and “Genocidal Humanoidz” in an effort to raise awareness about the “war crimes inflicted upon Artsakh by Azerbaijan and Turkey.”