Album Review: Serj Tankian – Elect The Dead Symphony

March 11, 2010
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Serj Tankian - Elect The Dead SymphonyTitle: Elect The Dead Symphony
Artist: Serj Tankian
Label: Warner
Release Date: 9 March 2010
In One Word: Refreshing

As a bona fide System Of A Down fan, it’s perhaps high time I checked out frontman Serj’s solo output… this release is the Symphony version of 2007’s Elect The Dead, and what a place to start!  While System certainly had their fair share of forays into atmospheric soundscapes, this was usually between bursts of “metal” and just about any other crazy genre you care to mention.  But for a System-related project to be constantly swathed in layers of epic orchestral noise is not only refreshing, but hopefully an indication of where the band might head next should they ever reform (hint, hint)!  In the meantime, there’s plenty to whet the appetite of many (if not necessarily all) System fans:  Serj’s voice is in as fine a form as ever, especially impressive considering that this is a LIVE recording!!

More of this kind of thing, methinks…

© Michael Bowser, Music Vice

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