Listen to the Godzilla: King of Monsters Theme Featuring System of a Down’s Serj Tankian, Plus Excerpt from Score

The soundtrack for the upcoming event movie is shaping up to be larger than life, much like the film’s main attraction.

By Jay Gervais

We’re excited to share with you a couple new tracks from the upcoming Godzilla: King of the Monsters, the first of which seems to be theme for the film, with System of a Down’s frontman Serj Tankian providing his vocals to accompany Bear McCreary’s (The Walking Dead) exuberant score track. On an interesting note, the song is actually a cover of Blue Öyster Cult’s “Godzilla” track, which opened their 1977 album, Spectres. It’s quite a fitting theme for the king of all monsters. Have a listen above!

“[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," said McCreary to Rolling Stone regarding the new piece. “It is complete musical madness.”

In addition to this fabulous track, you can also have a listen to one piece from McCreary’s film score. Long-time fans of the series are sure to recognize the music by Akira Ifukube, who wrote many of the soundtracks for the Japanese Godzilla films, and his main theme for the title character expertly weaved with some menacing new compositions. Have a look below for this roaring new track, titled “Old Rivals.”

The upcoming soundtrack, which is releasing on May 24th, will feature twenty-five tracks from McCreary's film score, including the “Godzilla” track featuring Tankian. Not only are we being treated to Ifukube’s iconic theme in the new film, but expect to hear a new arrangement of Yuji Koseki’s “Mothra’a Song” from 1961’s Motha as well. All in all, it really sounds like the composer wanted to honor the legacy of Godzilla in a big way and its sure shaping up to be an exciting score, if these teasers are any indication.

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You can give the latest trailer a watch above as well, but in the meantime, here’s what you can expect from Godzilla: King of the Monsters when it smashes into theaters this May.

The new story follows the heroic efforts of the cryptozoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three headed King Ghidorah. When these ancient superspecies, thought to be mere myths, rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity’s very existence hanging in the balance.

Based on a script written by Zach Shields, director Michael Dougherty, and Max Borenstein, Godzilla: King of the Monsters stars Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown, Bradley Whitford, Sally Hawkins, Charles Dance, Thomas Middleditch, O'Shea Jackson Jr., Ken Watanabe, and Zhang Ziyi. The film is due out on May 31st, 2019.

About the Author

Jay Gervais

From small town to big city and back again, Jay was born and raised in Canada and has lived his whole life there. He’s always ready to cut down any misconceptions his American friends have of life in the great white north. He’s also no stranger to this kind of community, and has plenty of experience under his bed. He enjoys all kinds of horror entertainment, as long as it’s got the heart and soul to it. When he’s not doing something here, he can be found at his post at the night’s watch, or knee deep into his school studies.

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