Thursday, September 2, 2010

Anti-War Music Break

In light of the recent end of Operation: Iraqi Freedom, and the ongoing consternation among people of all political stripes regarding the war in Afghanistan, I figured I'd post a couple music videos that go hand-in-hand with the anti-war sentiment that seems to no longer be exclusive to the more liberal arm of the American left.

The first video is of a song from 2005, System of a Down's B.Y.O.B.

Now, Charades, performed by former System of a Down frontman Serj Tankian (whose new album Imperfect Harmonies comes out Sept. 21).

And before anyone asks: yes, I'm a huge fan of both System of a Down and Serj Tankian (as well as Scars on Broadway, a duo formed by System of a Down bandmates Daron Malakian and John Dolmayan). But anti-war themes have long been a staple of the sound in SOAD, Serj and Scars' work.

On top of being really good music, the above songs seem appropriate in today's political climate when it comes to what we think of war. And since metal isn't always condusive for coherent language, lyrics for B.Y.O.B. can be found here, and lyrics for Charades can be found here.


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