Friday, September 2, 2011

Scary song of the week: Aerials



"Aerials" isn't System of a Down's scariest song, but since I'm thinking of seeing "Apollo 18" this weekend, I thought I would make it the Scary Song of the Week.


"Aerials" is kind of about space, which is why I picked it. SOAD is the most unique metal band to come out of the late 1990s and early 2000s. They don't sound like anyone else and no one else sounds like them.

Vocalist Serj Tankian's voice flows perfectly with the band, whether it's a slowed down passage or, as I once heard the band described, like the devil on speed. SOAD are the masters of the off beat. Not off-beat, as in weird, although they are great at that, but the off beat, as in the space between notes. Try drumming along with one of their songs and you'll start to notice it.

SOAD have appeared on a few horror movie soundtracks. "Scream 3," "Heavy Metal 2000," "Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2," and "Dracula 2000" all have SOAD songs on them. Tankian also made an appearance on the "Masters of Horror" soundtrack.

So, if you are looking for a metal band to set a scary mood, you can't go wrong with System of a Down.

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