Serj Tankian + Dethklok Members Cover Blue Oyster Cult’s ‘Godzilla’ for Movie Score
Godzilla saw a revival in 2014 thanks to the Bryan Cranston-starring update, so it makes sense with the sequel Godzilla: King of Monsters set to arrive this year that Blue Oyster Cult's "Godzilla" would get its own modern makeover. System of a Down's Serj Tankian does the honors, working with soundtrack composer Bear McCreary, a full orchestra and Dethklok members Brendon Small and Gene Hoglan all chipping in.
As you might expect, with that much firepower, it's a more dramatic version of the track than Blue Oyster Cult unleashed back in the day, complete with stirring string flourishes and thunderous drum beats accentuating what you might envision as the mighty monster's laborious footsteps. Take a listen in the player at the bottom of this post.
McCreary told Rolling Stone of the cover, "[This is] perhaps the most audacious piece of music I have ever produced, jammed to the breaking point with orchestra, choir, taiko chanting, taiko drumming, heavy metal rhythm section, Gene Hoglan’s blistering double-kick drums, and Serj’s distinct vocals. It is complete musical madness.”
Tankian added via Twitter, "Surprise!! So my friend composer Bear McCreary calls last year and says 'I have a crazy idea. Would you sing on the cover of Blue Öyster Cult’s 'Godzilla' for the film Godzilla: King of the Monsters?"
The Godzilla: King of Monsters film score consists of 26 tracks, with the Serj-led cover leading off the record, followed by the main title theme. The full track listing can be seen below.
The movie is due in theaters May 31, featuring Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown, Bradley Whitford, Sally Hawkins and more. The soundtrack is expected to arrive this spring.
Bear McCreary Featuring Serj Tankian, "Godzilla"
Godzilla: King of Monsters Film Score Soundtrack
1. Godzilla (feat. Serj Tankian)
2. Godzilla Main Title
3. Memories of San Francisco
4. The Larva
5. Welcome to Monarch
6. Outpost 32
7. Ice Breaker
8. Rise of Ghidorah
9. Old Rivals
10. The First Gods
12. A Mass Awakening
13. The One Who is Many
14. Queen of the Monsters
15. For Andrew
16. Stealing the Orca
17. The Hollow Earth
18. The Key to Coexistence
19. Goodbye Old Friend
21. Fog Over Fenway
22. Battle in Boston
24. King of the Monsters
25. Ghidorah Theme
26. Mothra’s Song
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