The Record of the week has almost been forgotten, when the job has taken over and lots of trips made that Tune Of The Day has suffered, today we will overcome this by introducing this week's album.
This week we present Serj Tankian, [ˈsɛɾʒ tʰɑnˈkʰjɑn]; born August 21, 1967) is a Lebanese-born Armenian-American singer-songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, poet, and political activist. He is best known as the lead vocalist, songwriter, keyboardist, and occasional live rhythm guitarist of the rock band System of a Down.
During his musical career, Tankian has released five albums with System of a Down, one with Arto Tunçboyacıyan (Serart), as well as three solo albums Elect the Dead, Imperfect Harmonies and Harakiri. A live orchestral version of Elect the Dead incorporating the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra named Elect the Dead Symphony was released. In 2002, Tankian and Rage Against the Machine/Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello co-founded a non-profit political activist organization, Axis of Justice. Tankian also founded the music label Serjical Strike Records.
Serj Tankian latest release Harakiri, is the third studio album. The album was released on July 10, 2012, as a follow-up to his symphonic rock album Imperfect Harmonies, released in 2010. The album also constitutes the first of four new albums set to be released in the near future, the other three being Orca, Jazz-Iz-Christ, and Fuktronic. A very productive one indeed.
Many would agree that System of a Down front man Serj Tankian is one of the more prolific and interesting artists that exist today. One could almost believe that he is the current generation version of Frank Zappa?
Have always thought that this man has been very interesting to listen to, especially when he is stepping all over and likes to surprise the listener, i like that. The third solo album is probably the best he has been a part of. He does what he wants and if you like it then that’s good, but he doesn’t strike me as the type of person that would worry too much about making music to please the masses.
The material that are being provided on this occasion is of course very sprawling, just as one expected of a man such as this. One moment it's hard others are quiet and melodic, a touch here and there of world music and even some dirty punk rock tones are heard. The electronics are not as clear as previous solo records, that i see only as positive. The lyrics are brilliant and political charged. In anticipation of a new System Of A Down album, then this is a good substitute.
All songs written, performed, and produced by Serj Tankian.
Dan Monti - guitar, audio mixing, audio engineering
Mario Pagliarulo - bass guitar
Troy Zeigler - drums
Vlado Meller - mastering
Todays tune "Occupied Tears" is taken from the new album "Harakiri".
Tankian is ranked 26th in the Hit Parader's Top 100 Metal Vocalists of All Time. On August 12, 2011, Tankian was awarded the Armenian Prime Minister's Medal for his contributions to the recognition of the Armenian Genocide and the advancement of music.
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Official Serj Tankian Web
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Listen to ”Serj Tankian - Occupied Tears" on Spotify here!