Serj Tankian Releasing Two New Albums This Summer

 

Courtesy:  Serjical Strike Records

Courtesy: Serjical Strike Records

 

System of a Down front man Serj Tankian will release two new albums this Summer via his own Serjical Strike Records.  The first of the two new records, Orca will be released first on June 25th.  It will be followed up with the experimental jazz album, Jazz-iz Christ on July 23rdOrca mixes influences of Twentieth Century composers with works written for modern films, showing a vast expanse of influences.  Among those influences are the likes of Philip Glass and Ennio Morricone.  It was originally composed in Tankian’s home studio, and came to fruition thanks to a Kickstarter campaign that helped bring it to life.  Conductor Werner Steinmetz held the baton for the recording of the records four acts. 

Courtesy:  Serjical Strike Records

Courtesy: Serjical Strike Records

Jazz-iz Christ, the second of Tankian’s upcoming release this Summer, started with just Tankian himself.  From there, it grew into a large collaborative effort that included work from:  pianist Tigran Hamasyan, flautist Valeri Tolstov, and trumpet player Tom Duprey.  Also making appearances on the new record are Stewart Copeland (The Police), actor/musician Davis Alpay, and Vincent Pedulla.  The album contains a total of fifteen compositions, most of which are instrumental, save for four songs.  That group of songs mix together progressive jazz, electronic, ethnic and rock elements. 

Both Orca and  Jazz-iz Christ will be available worldwide on iTunes, Amazon, and other online outlets including Tankian’s own website, http://www.serjtankian.com and the Serjical Strike website, http://www.serjicalstrike.com.  Pre-orders for the deluxe limited editions of Orca begin this Wednesday, May 1st.  The deluxe limited edition of Orca includes a 180-gram picture disc, swag, and a signed copy of the actual score for the record.  Pre-orders for Jazz-iz Christ begin Wednesday, May 15th.  Audiences can check out audio samples of both records at the Serjical Strike Records website. 

A tour in support of both records will be held beginning September 19th at the Ukraina Hall in Ukraine.  The tour will come on the heels of the current System of a Down tour.  The current list of tour dates in support of Tankian’s new records is available below.  More dates will be announced at a later date.  To keep up with all of the latest tour information and news from Serj Tankian, fans can follow him on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/Serjtankian and on his official website, http://www.serjtankian.com

19 Sep 13 Thu Kiev Ukraine Ukraina Hall
21 Sep 13 Sat Yekaterinburg Russia Kosmos Hall
23 Sep 13 Mon Novosibirsk Russia DK Zheleznodorozhnik
25 Sep 13 Wed Krasnoyarsk Russia Philharmony
27 Sep 13 Fri Moscow Russia Crocus City Hall
28 Sep 13 Sat St. Petersburg Russia Orjktybyrsky Concert Hall
03 Oct 13 Thu Florence Italy Teatro Comunale
04 Oct 13 Fri Padova Italy Gran Teatro Geox
05 Oct 13 Sat Rome Italy Auditorium Parco Della Musica

 

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Serj Tankian releases song, video for ‘Cornucopia’

System of a Down frontman Serj Tankian has released the second song from his new upcoming solo release, “Harakiri.”  Along with the release of the new song, a lyric video for ‘Cornucopia’ is available via Youtube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YSdYq1qxxjE.  The video presents the song’s lyrics against a dark, rainy background that mirrors the song’s lyrics.  Tankian sings of how man has done such terrible things to the earth in this new song.

Fans can also check out the video and even download the song for free on Tankian’s official website, http://www.serjtankian.com.  To download the song, fans can go to http://www.serjtankian.com/freesong.  In addition to this, fans can also check out the video for the first single off of “Harakiri”, Figure It Out’, on serjtankian.com. 

Serj Tankian will be touring this Summer in support of his new album.  He will also be touring with his bandmates in System of a Down.  To get a full list of tour dates and more log on to the official Serj Tankian Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/SerjTankian, Twitter page at http://twitter.com/officialserj, and the official website, http://www.serjtankian.com.

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Serj Tankian releases video for new single

System of a Down frontman Serj tankian’s third solo release, “Harakiri” is currently scheduled to hit stores July 10th.  In anticipation of the upcoming release, Tankian has released the video for the first single from the album, ‘Figure It Out.’  Tankian said of the video, “”It’s a comical political song talking about abusive capitalism and the differences created in economic stature and the reaction to it.”  He added, “CEOs have gotten away with murder, until now…”  

The video shows Tankian and his band performing in front of an image of a stock market monitor, while images of CEO’s flash throughout the video.  The CEO’s are the stereotpyical figures, smoking their cigars, drinking champagne, and partying as a banner reading, “Bailout Party” hangs above them.

Fans can check out the video now on Noisecreep, right here: 

http://www.noisecreep.com/2012/05/24/serj-tankian-figure-it-out-video/ .

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Serj Tankian set to release new solo album

System of a Down frontman Serj Tankian will drop his new solo release, “Harakiri” July 10th via Reprise/Serjical Strike Records.  Fans can pre-order the album via iTunes beginning May 1st.  The album’s lead single, ‘Figure it Out’ will also be for sale the same day on iTunes.

While a video for the single is currently in the works, fans can watch a teaser video set to the music of ‘Figure it Out.’  Fans can check out the teaser now.  Just click or paste the following links to watch the video.

http://www.serjtankian.com/splash

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74z9E1RJUmE

System of a Down fans also got some good news this week, as it was announced that the band will get back to gether this Summer for a handful of dates.  The band will be mostly in the northeast and midwest.  The tour will also include a couple of dates in Canada.

For more information on Serj Tankian and System of a down, go to http://www.serjtankian.com, http://www.facebook.com/serjtankian, and Twitter at http://twitter.com/officialserj.