Want Goosebumps? Here’s Serj & Daron’s Isolated Vocal Harmonies on SOAD’s ‘Chop Suey!’

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Among the band’s collection of songs, easily the most iconic System of a Down track is “Chop Suey!”. Released back in 2001 as part of the band’s second studio album, Toxicity, “Chop Suey!” has constantly been noted as one of the most technically interesting songs in all of heavy metal. Along with its intriguing technicality also comes band frontman Serj Tankian‘s unreal vocal performance, which is heightened throughout the track by vocal duets with SOAD guitarist, songwriter and second vocalist, Daron Malakian. We assume most of you have heard the song, so you already know how much of a rush it is between Serj & Daron’s intense vocal delivery and the chaotic flow of the instrumentation.

There is a lot to process and comprehend as the song is playing. Using this new LALAL.AI voice remover, we were actually able to break apart the original song and isolate it down to just a version with Daron and Serj’s vocals. Get a tissue box and listen below (make sure to stick around to the end section at 2:05 for maximum beauty).

If you want to use LALAL.AI for playing around with a favorite song, or if you’re trying to learn an existing song and need to hear specific instruments only, give it a shot. They have a free 10 minute trial live on their site right now for The Pit readers to use. And here’s how it works:

1. Go to https://www.lalal.ai/ with your audio/video clip

2. Upload the clip to the website and choose what you want extracted from the clip - vocals, guitar, drums, etc. 

3. It will then generate a preview of the song:

4. Listen to the previews. You can change around the stem separation type here:

5. Choose which one you want and press “Process the Entire File”:

6. The file will be split and you can download whichever split of the file you want.

What do you think of this isolated version of “Chop Suey!”? In other band-related news, Serj Tankian and System of a Down drummer John Dolmayan recently performed with a cover band right in the middle of public. The rock covers band, Medium, was performing on a street in Mexico, and when Serj and John caught a glimpse of the band covering System of a Down’s “Aerials” – the two wanted to get involved.

John Dolmayan somewhat recently talked about the possibility of the band making a new album. Among the multiple comments he made, John shared:

“I never wanted System to take a hiatus. I think it was a disastrous move for us because we never reached our peak. I still feel like we have a lot of music in us, and as big as the band is – we’re a massive draw internationally and here in the U.S. – I think we could have been the biggest band in the world. Why not achieve that if you have the potential. So I feel like – yes, System is a great band, we have a great live show and I’m very proud of what we have achieved, but we got to here [points to a spot]. and we could have gotten to here [points to another spot further away]. It doesn’t mean we still can’t, but it’s unlikely because if you can’t put your ego aside… You’ve gotta take that cloak off, your ego, and put it here, and get in a room and work together, and do what’s best for the band.”