System of a Down’s Serj Tankian performs “The Rains of Castamere” at Game of Thrones Live Experience — watch

The hard rock frontman appeared at a recent Los Angeles concert

With a sprawling seven-stage set design, wall of sound, and variety of special effects, the Game of Thrones Live Experience is already a must-see event for fans of the HBO show. Each performance is designed to create an immersive feel for attendees as the elaborate production complements one of the best soundtracks on TV today (or, possibly ever). Guided by composer and master of ceremonies Ramin Djawadi, the concert builds up to the infamous Red Wedding, complete with blood on the video screen. It’s a wonderful, grandiose spectacle.

(Read: Behind the Scenes of The Game of Thrones Live Experience)

During a recent staging in Los Angeles, concert-goers were treated to a surprise guest appearance from Serj Tankian. The System of a Down frontman took a break from working on the band’s forthcoming album to perform “The Rains Of Castamere”, which signals the beginning of the slaughter. Watch the live footage above.

As you’d expect, Tankian’s rendition takes a different approach compared to The National’s subdued version of the song. The singer’s instantly recognizable voice and delivery automatically give the theme a greater sense of impending doom as the screen plays clips from the show on the gigantic screens up above.

Catch System of a Down on tour this summer, including appearances at Rock Werchter, Download Festival, and Nova Rock.


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