Serj Tankian - Harakiri CD




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Review by Evan on 12th May, 2013

I have been always very critical of the popular music business or now, organisation. This music can be self-defeating especially for Serj Tankian. I mean in A.D.D. From Steal This Album! he talks about an ego-tistical war on some basis but yet he plasters his ugly mug all over the cover to this album! Serj Tankian has already established himself as an outspoken critic of politics and government – even Daron Malakin of Scars On Broadway as an activist through music but this- I haven't listened to this album and I don't want to; my giflriend might but why bother- This is just, vacant. I can't listen to this without wanting to go out there and kill someone. By the way this Serj Tankian has no credibility anymore and neither do the rest of his band of clowns. He is making a sizeable amount of money off people trying to live private lives by sensationalising and blowing way out of proportion things that happen of which are just part of life and shouldn't be taken seriously quite frankly.

Mezmerise and Hypnotise are both good albums, a bit mellower especially the song Lonely Day but many other people wouldn't recommend those albums because of their sounds, oh well.


HARAKIRI, the new studio album from singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, poet and political activist Serj Tankian is set to be released July 6th. Look for a teaser video with a snippet of the first single, ‘Figure It Out’, on ‘Figure It Out’ will hit radio airwaves and go on sale in New Zealand on May 1.

HARAKIRI, a Japanese word meaning ritualistic suicide, is the follow up to 2010’s critically acclaimed IMPERFECT HARMONIES and the third solo release from the System Of A Down frontman. As with 2007’s ELECT THE DEAD and IMPERFECT HARMONIES, Serj produced HARAKIRI himself at his home studio in Los Angeles. He 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” explains Serj. “We must trick ourselves into writing in different ways to get unexpected results.” 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 is mastered by Vlado Meller (Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kanye West).

Serj reveals each of the song titles in a statement describing HARAKIRI below. The song names are in order and in bold:

“The Cornucopia of love/hate affairs with Gaia have made us scream “Figure It Out! CEOs are the disease.” Where abusive capitalism's only fate is human/environmental devastation. The Ching Chime, diminutive drama of a gangsta Butterfly revealed that humanity's tears actually outweigh yearly rainfall on the planet.

We have witnessed Harakiri on a grand scale tearing out the Occupied Tears of victims preyed on by victims turned aggressors creating a Deafening Silence through which we hear a voice plead, "Forget Me Knot, my child.”

Reality TV has become the searing indictment of a society best described as the Uneducated Democracy. The daughters of the evolution Weave On with blood dripping down their guilty hands onto the flag as the word republic is replaced by empire.” – Serj Tankian

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.”

Much of HARAKIRI 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, HARAKIRI, which is released on 6th July.

Track Listing:

Disc 1:
  1. Cornucopia
  2. Figure It Out
  3. Ching Chime
  4. Butterfly
  5. Harakiri
  6. Occupied Tears
  7. Deafening Silence
  8. Forget Me Knot
  9. Reality TV
  10. Uneducated Democracy
  11. Weave On
Release date NZ
July 6th, 2012
Warner Music
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