August Burns Red have shared a fiery cover of System of a Down’s hit single “Chop Suey!”
The rendition more than does justice to the ferocity of the original and, in a departure from the band’s usual style, utilizes clean vocals in addition to the harsh growling that the metalcore outfit have become known for. “I don’t think you trust / In my self-righteous suicide / I cry when angels deserve to die,” croons singer Jake Luhrs on the iconic chorus.
“‘Chop Suey!’ grew in popularity in our camp when we began playing it during changeover during our shows,” lead guitarist JB Brubaker told Alternative Press. “Whenever we’d play a headline show, the last song played over the PA before we started our set was ‘Chop Suey!’ It became a tradition we’ve done for years now and our fans have taken note of it.”
On the direction the band took with the rework, Brubaker said, “This is truly one of the most legendary rock/metal songs of all time and it was so much fun to cover.” He added, “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.”
Earlier this year, August Burns Red released their ninth studio album Guardians as well as a visual for album cut “Bones.” System of a Down have also broken a long silence to release their first new songs since 2005, raising funds and awareness for their fellow Armenians in the embattled state of Artsakh, the subject of a newly-reignited territorial conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan.
Listen to August Burns Red’s cover of “Chop Suey!” below: