March 3, 2003

SYSTEM OF A DOWN have finished filming a video for the track "Boom!" with director Michael Moore ("Bowling for Columbine", "Roger & Me"). "Boom!" comes off the band's gold-certified collection of outtakes and other previously unreleased tracks, "Steal This Album!"

"Michael Moore seemed like the only real choice for directing," SYSTEM OF A DOWN frontman Serj Tankian told "He's an amazing storyteller and he's not egotistical about his work because he approaches it from the angle of the truth and leaves himself out of it. He lets the camera reveal whatever happens, and he's a very courageous person. So to me, it was a no-brainer."

For the video, Moore, who helmed the video for RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE's "Sleep Now in the Fire" in 2000, shot SYSTEM OF A DOWN interacting with the crowd at the Los Angeles peace march of February 15.

"The majority of people in these peace marches are your average families with kids," Tankian said. "We didn't think that the media has really portrayed the enormous aspect and the beauty of people on the street voicing their opinion. And that's what it is to be American, man."

"To me, 'Boom!' is kind of like building a little pyramid of what may or may not lead us to bomb someone or be at war," he added. "It's about human life, and there's a lot of civilians that die when bombs fall, and that's the problem. [Taking out Saddam Hussein] isn't a matter of making an incision and going in and taking one person and taking them to jail. It's the death of many innocent people who just happen to be living there, and it's a travesty."

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