Reggie’s 25 Favorite Cover Songs #8 – Aerials
Posted by Reggie
I can’t say I am a fan of System of a Down, but now and then I do listen to a few of their songs. I had their self-titled album, System of a Down, but after that never really followed them. If they had something on TV or radio I would listen, but they never caught my attention for more than their most popular songs. I was familiar enough with the song Aerials to recognize it when it appeared on Amon Amarth’s latest release Surtur Rising as a cover. The original Aerials song appears on SOTD’s album Toxicity (2001) which I think was their most popular and resulted in Grammy nods and chart positions.
Amon Amarth’s version is not far removed from the original, but much more down-tuned and doomy. It’s a cool cover mainly because it came unexpected from a band like Amon Amarth to cover something from the new-ish wave of American metal. Surtur Rising is Amon Amarth’s 8th studio album and was released in Mar 2011. I am not sure if the cover of Aerials is on printed CD at this point, but when it was released it was an iTunes special edition track.
This is the cover off the album Surtur Rising (fan video).
This is the video from System of a Down found on the album Toxicity.