Check Out This Bluegrass Band’s Cover Of System Of A Down Classic “Chop Suey”

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You’ve heard of metal covers done to the tune of pop, but have you heard of System of a Down being covered via a bluegrass song?

As reported by Loudwire, the bluegrass band The Dead South have performed a cover of System of a Down classic “Chop Suey.” The cover is part of a two-part covers EP titled, Easy Listening for Jerks, Part I and Easy Listening for Jerks, Part II. Part II is where listeners will find the band’s heavier covers, with them covering songs from the likes of CKY, Misfits, and The Doors. Both EPs will be released tomorrow.

If you’re interested in hearing what a System of a Down song would sound like with a banjo, mandolin, and other blueglass related instruments, you can find the video of The Dead South’s cover of “Chop Suey” below.

That’s certainly one of the most interesting covers we’ve ever heard of the song! Kudos to The Dead South for providing such a cool spin on a nu metal banger!

In other System of a Down cover related news, Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian and his 10-year-old son Revel covered the band’s song “Bounce” last month. You can find a video of that performance below.


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System Of A Down formed in 1994, and while they became a huge name in nu metal, the band have always incorporated elements of alternative and progressive metal into their material. Their studio album debut was 1998’s System of a Down. The last two studio albums the band released date back to 2005, being the albums Mezmerize and Hypnotize. At the time of this writing, though the band have written and shared new music in recent years, there have only been rumors of an upcoming new album. Here’s hoping that could change in 2022!


Words by: Michael Pementel