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Song by Chester Bennington from the album Queen Of The Damned
Recorded 2002
Released February 19, 2002
Format Digital, Cassette, CD
Length 5:03
Writer Jonathan Davis, Richard Gibbs
Producer Jonathan Davis, Richard Gibbs
Label Warner Sunset Records

Queen Of The Damned track listing
  1. Wayne Static (of Static-X) - Not Meant for Me
  2. David Draiman (of Disturbed) - Forsaken
  3. Chester Bennington (of Linkin Park) - System
  4. Deftones - Change (In The House Of Flies)
  5. Marilyn Manson - Redeemer
  6. Papa Roach - Dead Cell
  7. Godhead - Penetrate
  8. Jay Gordon (of Orgy) - Slept So Long
  9. Disturbed - Down With The Sickness
  10. Static-X - Cold
  11. Earshot - Headstrong
  12. Dry Cell - Body Crumbles
  13. Tricky - Excess
  14. Kidneythieves - Beføre I'm Dead

"System" is the third track on the soundtrack album Queen Of The Damned. The song was created by Jonathan Davis and Richard Gibbs and is sung by Chester Bennington.


Jonathan Davis and Richard Gibbs wrote score and 8 original songs for the film "Queen Of The Damned", 5 of which would be heard on the soundtrack, however, Davis' record label contract with Sony prohibited his voice from appearing on the soundtrack.

Jeff Scott Soto was originally set to replace Davis on the soundtrack, but the organizers of the project later decided otherwise. To make the album more commercially viable, Marilyn Manson, Chester Bennington (Linkin Park), David Draiman (Disturbed), Jay Gordon (Orgy) and Wayne Static (Static-X) were then selected by Tom Whalley and Jonathan Davis himself to sing Davis' songs.[1]

The song Chester was chosen to sing was "System". He told Launch, "One of the things I noticed when I was listening to the versions that he had sang over was the lyrical content of the songs that he co-wrote," he said. "I thought it was really fitting to the actual book because he does become, you know, a rock star in the book and he does perform and he sings about being a vampire and hunting upon people. So, Jonathan incorporated those things into the lyrics, which I thought was very important. And since I'm such a big fan, I have read all the books, I think I can kind of relate to Lestat a little bit more than someone who doesn't know the film or the books."[2]

In the November 04, 2017 edition of Kerrang!, Jonathan Davis said, "I collaborated with him a couple of times. When I wrote those songs for the [2002] film Queen Of The Damned, my record label wouldn't let me sing them, and said we had to use Warner Bros. artists, so I picked all the ones I wanted. Chester got to do my favourite song [System]. He really made the track his own. He just went in and killed it."

The songs are performed in the film by the main character's, Lestat, band, Satan's Night Out.[3] Lestat’s vocal performances were sung by Lakshminarayana Shankar, also known as L. Shankar and Shenkar, who trained with Jonathan Davis to get all of Davis’ vocal inflections down.[1] Two extended concert sequences from the film ("Slept So Long" and "Not Meant For Me") and 3 music videos of Lestat's band ("Forsaken", "Redeemer", and "System") were included as special features on the DVD release.


Note: Only the date of the very first release of each version is listed.


Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
System Queen Of The Damned: Music From The Motion Picture 5:03 2002 February 19, 2002
  • Chester Bennington on vocals.
System Queen Of The Damned: Music From The Motion Picture (Clean) 5:03 2002 February 19, 2002
  • Censored.
System Queen Of The Damned (DVD) 4:44 2002 August 27, 2002
  • Lakshminarayana Shankar on vocals.
  • Music video.


Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
System Alone I Play 4:52 November 7, 2007 November 10, 2007
  • Jonathan Davis on vocals.
  • Recorded at Woodshed Recorder, Malibu, California on November 7, 2007.
System (Live) Korn Digital EP #2 4:41 May 18, 2010 July 26, 2010
  • Jonathan Davis on vocals.
  • Recorded live in Fargo, ND on May 18, 2010.
  • Released for free download to premium members of Korn's official website on July 26, 2010.
System Live At The Union Chapel 4:54 June 16, 2008 August 16, 2011
  • Jonathan Davis on vocals.
  • Recorded at the Union Chapel, London, England on June 16, 2008.


While the song has never been performed live by Chester Bennington, it was performed regularly by Jonathan Davis during his Alone I Play tour, from 2007 to 2008.

Korn have also played the song live at Fargo, North Dakota, on May 18, 2010.


  • Chester Bennington - Vocals
  • Vinnie Colaiuta - Drums
  • Jonathan Davis - Guitar, Bass, Keyboards, Producer, Songwritter
  • Richard Gibbs - Keyboards, Producer, Songwritter


In Other Media

  • "System" is featured in the 2002 film Queen Of The Damned and was included in its soundtrack album.

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