SYSTEM OF A DOWN Bassist To Perform At WE THE PEOPLE Festival

ACHOZEN, the musical alliance between SYSTEM OF A DOWN bassist Shavo Odadjian and WU-TANG CLAN founder The RZA, will reportedly perform at the We The People festival, set to take place September 27 at the Los Angeles State Historic Park.

The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

LES CLAYPOOL (PRIMUS)
RZA (WU TANG/BOBBY DIGITAL)
SHAVO ODADJIAN (SYSTEM OF A DOWN)
TOM MORELLO (RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE/THE NIGHTWATCHMAN)
EPMD
SUICIDAL TENDENCIES
DJ PREMIER (GANGSTARR)
BARRINGTON LEVY
Z TRIP
DILATED PEOPLES
BASSNECTAR
EEK A MOUSE
MURS
FISHBONE
ILL BILL
B SIDE PLAYERS
FLYING LOTUS
LOOK DAGGERS
FREE THE ROBOTS
JANELL MONAE
QUINTO SOL
BUSDRIVER
SCARUB
(LIVING LEGENDS/3MG)
ELIGH (LIVING LEGENDS/3MG)
SEKTA CORE
NHI
ROOTS OF CREATION
MAETAR
SEAN PRICE
(BOOT CAMP CLIK/HELTAH SKELTAH)
MARKUS JAMES
WEST INDIAN GIRL
GARTH TRINIDAD

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In addition to Odadjian and The RZA, ACHOZEN features Kinetic 9 (aka Beretta 9 from KILLARMY), and up-and-comer, the Reverend William Burke from Chicago. The band recently finished recording its self-titled debut album which is expected to be released on Shavo's own online digital label urSESSION.

ACHOZEN's mantra is "Many shall come, only a few shall be Achozen," and the four principal members feel that their unique sound is not only spiritual in nature, but a new genre of "heavy hip hop," not "rap-metal." There are no heavy guitars on the album, but the sound is genre-blending.

Most of the "Achozen" album was recorded at one of Shavo's two studios and produced by the Grammy-winning musician. The bulk the beats were created by Shavo (only one or two samples were used on the entire record) who also played live instruments throughout, including bass and sitar. The RZA, who contributed his share of beats, Kinetic 9 and the Reverend William Burke handle all of the vocals and lyrics, which are, according to Shavo, "some of the most innovative, poetic and righteous words and vocals that I've ever heard."

ACHOZEN's debut also features an eclectic and impressive array of guest performers that includes George Clinton, RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS' guitar-god John Frusciante, WU-TANG affiliate Killah Priest, WU-TANG founding member GZA, emcee Sick Jacken from PSYCHO REALM, and Angolin rapper Leggezin Fin.

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