SYSTEM OF A DOWN singer Serj Tankian has co-written with Greek musician John Psathas a new song called “100 Years” to commemorate the centennial of the Armenian genocide perpetrated by Turkey. In 1915 Turkey begun the eradication of its Christian population, which resulted in 1.5 million Armenians, Greeks and Assyrians savagely murdered and many more raped and tortured at the hands of the Turks.

Turkey still refuses that has committed this planned genocide, despite scores of evidence, testimonials, international condemnation and recognition.

The song and video, with shocking photos from the genocide, is a somber commemoration to honor the Armenian, Greek and Assyrian victims of the first genocide of the 20th century.

Released in 2001 by American Recordings
Best Songs: A Violent Reaction, All Wrapped Up, Song For The Suspect

Interesting Facts: After supporting System of a Down in Des Moines, Iowa in August 1999, System of a Down’s bassist Shavo Odadjian was impressed enough that when American Recordings label owner Rick Rubin asked Odadjian if there were any bands he should check out, he told Rubin about American Head Charge. Six months later the band was offered a record deal with Rick’s American Recordings. Together they released The War of Art, which was recorded at Rick Rubin’s allegedly haunted recording studio, the infamous Houdini Mansion! The title is a play on words of the Chinese book The Art of War by Sun Tzu. The album landed American Head Charge a spot at Ozzfest 2001. Their concerts featured some controversy due to the band firing shotguns and burning American flags on stage. The War of Art sold over 250,000 copies and received positive reviews. Allmusic called the album “brutal, loud, and insanely intense” and that “the band is one of the most intelligent, interesting, and compelling metal bands to surface.”


Released in 1997 by Roadrunner Records
Best Songs: Loco, Sway, Clock

Interesting Facts: Originally called Seal Chamber, the band gained a large following early in its career, arguably because it was the first “darker” themed nu metal band, with an image that had more in common with the goth subculture than hip hop culture. In late 1994, Dino Cazares of Fear Factory championed a demo tape by Coal Chamber, causing a huge local stir with gigs at The Roxy Theatre and Whisky A Go Go, eventually leading Roadrunner Records to offer the band a contract. However, frontman/vocalist Dez Fafara dropped out of the band quite suddenly due to disagreements with his wife about the band. In spring 1995, Fafara reunited with Coal Chamber, which ended his marriage but revitalized the band. With a renewed sense of energy, Coal Chamber was able to regain their deal with Roadrunner by the end of 1995. Coal Chamber called it a day in 2003, shortly after Fafara continued with his new band DevilDriver. In 2011 Coal Chamber reformed and in 2015 they released a new album called Rivals.


Released in 2007 by Bieler Bros. Records
Best Songs: Roots Rock Riot, Rat Race, Trouble

Interesting Facts: Roots Rock Riot peaked at No. 6 on the Top Heatseekers chart and at No. 22 on the Top Independent Albums chart. Skindred’s Nu-Metal musical style mixes reggae, punk and alternative rock. The band also integrate elements of dancehall, jungle, hardcore, ska, hip hop, drum and bass, dub, and dubstep and various other influences into their music. Skindred are well known for their energetic and involving live performances, and have won several awards including “Best Live Band” at the 2011 UK Metal Hammer ‘Golden Gods’ awards and the “Devotion Award” at the 2011 Kerrang! Awards.


Released in 1997 by Jive Records
Best Songs: Firsty, Schpamb, Ground

Interesting Facts: Hed PE, also known as (hed) Planet Earth and stylized as (həd) p.e. released their underrated self-titled debut album in 1997 and has sold over 100,000 copies. The album cover is an illustration of the music being played by Hed PE who are seen in the middle playing a concert, while a barrage of music is exploding outwardly. Due to the label’s contractual terms and the disappointing sales of the album, the band found themselves unable to repay the cash advances given to them by Jive. Vocalist Gomes is quoted as saying “We had these romantic visions of the music industry, and we thought it would be cool to be a punk band on a rap label. So we fulfilled that dream, but it was also probably the worst thing that could have happened. We’ve had offers from Sony and others that we can’t take because we owe Jive so much money”. After releasing three albums on Jive Records, Hed PE left the label to record independently, eventually signing with Suburban Noize Records in 2006. Since 2006, the band has become known for its involvement in the 9/11 Truth movement, referencing it in many of their song lyrics and concerts. To date, they have released nine albums.


Released in 1997 by TVT Records
Best Songs: Born to Die, Black, Bitch

Interesting Facts: ‘Sevendust’ appeared on the Billboard 200, remained there for sixteen weeks and peaked at 165. The album went gold on May 19, 1999, and had by January 2011 sold 732,000 copies in the U.S. ‘Sevendust’ is known for its heavy riffs and angry vocals as in the songs ‘Black’ and ‘Bitch’. ‘Black’ became the opening song for nearly every Sevendust concert until 2004. The debut album also contains the song ‘My Ruin’ from the Mortal Kombat soundtrack and the song ‘Terminator’ from the MTV series Celebrity Deathmatch.


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