Welcome to the LOUDEST DOT COM ON THE PLANET!
KNAC.COM
LISTEN NOW!WATCH NOW! LOGIN JOIN
MAGAZINEON-AIRDOWNLOADSCHATBOARDSCONTESTSSTORE
News

System Of A SERJ; TANKIAN Readies His Third Solo Album

By Long Paul, Program Director
Monday, April 2, 2012 @ 7:17 AM


SERJ TANKIAN Readies His Third

- advertisement -

- advertisement -

Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, poet, political activist and System Of A Down frontman Serj Tankian is in his Serjical Strike Studios in LA putting the finishing touches on his third solo studio album, Harakiri, the follow-up to 2010's Imperfect Harmonies, which will be released this summer on Serjical Strike/Reprise Records.

Much of the new record was written in 2011, which was an incredibly busy year for the diversely talented musician and what Serj describes as "the busiest, most productive year of my life so far." In February, the rock musical Prometheus Bound,which he composed all of the music for, opened at the Oberon Theater at Harvard in Boston to rave reviews. 2011 also saw Serj release his second poetry book, Glaring Through Oblivion. He toured with System of a Down across three continents, performed with the Opera Orchestra in Yerevan, Armenia, where he also had political meetings with heads of state and hosted non-profit events. He then performed his first ever concert in Lebanon, the place of his birth, with the Lebanese National Symphony Orchestra. When he returned to the US, he finished writing four records: a jazz record, an electronic record he wrote with his friend Jimmy Urine of Mindless Self Indulgence, a full classical symphony called Orca, and the new solo rock record that he is currently mastering.

"The year 2011 started with a fire. Some kids in Piha, NZ were setting off fireworks that landed on my neighbor's property and lit the whole hill on fire. I knew it was going to be a hell of a year and it certainly was," says Tankian. "Within 5 days of that, reports came out about birds and fish dying in massive numbers globally. The omen was not lost on me. Varied creatures on earth were committing massive hara-kiri (the Japanese term signifying ritualistic suicide.) Do they know something we don't about the coming times or the sustainability of the environment? That is the day I started writing this record."

The symbolism of entire species eradicating themselves on a large scale struck Serj emotionally, and is an underlying theme on the entire record. He took that idea and went to work writing, incorporating all of the experiences of his chaotic year to make a different kind of record. "The record is different than any I've made as a solo artist. It is much more driving and punk oriented with influences ranging from goth to electronic to 80's vibes, dynamically heavy rock to epic melodic songs. Lyrically, it spans the gauntlet of themes from personal, political and philosophical to spiritual, humor and love."

He also tried to approach writing a little differently this time around. "I used the Apple iPad as a songwriting instrument to sketch out three of the songs on the record. We must trick ourselves into writing in different ways to get unexpected results."

The new album is slated for a summer release, and is all performed, written, produced, and engineered by Serj. The album will also feature performances by Serj's touring band, The F.C.C. - Dan Monti on guitar, Mario Pagliarulo on bass, and Troy Zeigler on drums. Dan Monti is also co-mixing and co-engineering the album with Serj. The album will be mastered by Vlado Meller (Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kanye West, Beastie Boys.)

Expect an album announcement and new music from Serj in the very near future.


Please log in to view RANTS

If you don't have a username, click here to create an account!

Username: 
Password: 

Message: 
 
 

 





 Recent News
Represent! Get Your KNAC.COM Bumper Sticker
Happenings This Week on KNAC.COM
MUNICIPAL WASTE Stream New Album Title Track, "Slime And Punishment"
NEXT TO NONE Launch "The Apple" Single, Video
MEAN STREAK Stream "Tear Down The Walls" Track
ALESTORM Unleash "Fucked By An Anchor" Video
MARTEN ANDERSSON GROUP Schedule One-Off Festival Show
FORGET MY SILENCE "Fall To Rise" With New Video
VIXEN Vocalist JANET GARDNER Inks Deal With Pavement Entertainment For New Solo Album
Guitar Shredder JASON RICHARDON (Ex-ALL SHALL PERISH, BORN OF OSIRIS, CHELSEA GRIN), Drummer LUKE HOLLAND To Embark On Summer Headline Tour
It's "Every Man For Himself" For IKILLYA
MUSTAINE VINEYARDS Gets Platinum And Gold Awards
FEAR AND WONDER Launch "The Only Way" Video
RADIATION ROMEOS Release Namesake Video "Radiation Romeos"
PROJECTED Set To Release Ignite My Insanity Double Album
METALVILLE RECORDS To Reissue Classic Metal Titles From CARNIVORE And CRIMSON GLORY
HELD HOSTAGE Issue CARL CANEDY-Produced Song To Benefit War Veterans
CHICAGO OPEN AIR Onsite Attractions Revealed
DETHKLOK Mastermind BRENDON SMALL Reveals Upcoming Galaktikon II Album Details
GOATWHORE Streams New Track "Chaos Arcane"
DEEZ NUTS Launch "Remedy" Music Video
LIVE To Replace SOUNDGARDEN At ROCKLAHOMA
MARZI MONTAZERI Set To Release The Uprising EP
RIVERDOGS Stream "Welcome To The New Disaster" Single
RESISTANCE Reveal Metal Machine Album Details
New Making-Of VAN HALEN Book Runnin' With The Devil Out In June
BUDDERSIDE Joins L.A. GUNS On US Summer Tour
BLACKEST OF THE BLACK DESTIMATION FESTIVAL Announces Band Performance Times
ORDEN OGAN Unleash "Gunman" Video
ADRENALINE MOB Are "Chasing Dragons" With New Track
ARCH ENEMY Announce New Album, First Tour Dates
KILLSET Return With Killer Set, S.T.F.U.
DEAD CROSS Announce North American Tour Dates
AVATARIUM Unveil Video For "The Starless Sleep"
DAVEY SUICIDE Release "No Angel" Video
ANGELES Release New Album Killers Of The Game
VALLENFYRE Stream New Single "An Apathetic Grave"
AMPLIFIED OPEN AIR Festival Confirms Final 2017 Lineup
ONE OK ROCK Announce "Ambitions U.S. Tour 2017"
M.O.D. Drops Title Track Of New Album Busted, Broke & American
SOUNDGARDEN's CHRIS CORNELL Dead At 52
RED FANG Release "Cut It Short" Video
DREAM EVIL Debut New Single, "Creature Of The Night"
WEDNESDAY 13 Is "Cruel To You" With New Video
ROCK ALLEGIANCE Festival Announces 2017 Lineup
RIVERS OF NIHIL To Kick Off "Devastation On The Nation" USA Tour
LEPROUS Reveal New Album Malina
RED REIGN Confirms Tour Dates With QUIET RIOT, TESLA
ROCKLAHOMA Band Performance Times Announced
THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA Travel Back To The 80's In New Video For "Something Mysterious"
DORO PESCH Announces Special US Tour Celebrating 30th Anniversary Of WARLOCK's Triumph And Agony Album
TEXTURES Announce Their Breakup
HOUSTON OPEN AIR Returns At New Venue For 2017
W.A.S.P. - Re-Idolized The 25th Anniversary Of The Crimson Idol
DYING FETUS Share "Panic Amongst The Herd" Video
BYZANTINE Launches "New Ways To Bear Witness" Video
RAVEN Drummer Sidelined For 'Sudden Serious Health Issue'
MICHAEL MONROE To Release The Best Career-Spanning Collection In June
Four 80's Era KREATOR Classics To Be Reissued
TENGGER CAVALRY Stream New Track "Cursed"





HOME | MAGAZINE | ON-AIR | DOWNLOADS | CHAT | BOARDS | CONTESTS | STORE | HELP

©2017 KNAC.COM. All Rights Reserved.    Link to us    Advertise with us    Privacy policy
 Latest News