Multi-talented musician Serj Tankian has announced that he will be releasing not one but TWO albums this summer. The first release, Orca, will be Tankian’s first true symphony and has a release date of June 25th. This album was recorded with conductor Werner Steinmetz and features four acts that take influences from composers such as Ennio Morricone (John Carpenter’s The Thing) and Philip Glass (Candyman). Tankian states, “Orca is known as the killer whale, but is really a dark dolphin, a symbolism for human dichotomy.”
The second album is the jazz-infused Jazz-iz Christ, which comes out July 23rd. The album features contributions from some stellar musicians, including pianist Tigran Hamasyan, flautist Valeri Tolstov, trumpet player Tom Duprety, Stewart Copeland, and more. The album will feature 15 tracks, 11 of which are instrumental.
Both albums are the followup to 2012′s Harakiri. Below are the album covers for Orca and Jazz-iz Christ. READ MORE
Today marks the release of Device’s debut full-length, the self-titled Device. The brainchild of Disturbed frontman David Draiman, Device features Filter guitarist Geno Lenardo and a slew of guest artists, including Lzzy Hale (Halestorm), Serj Tankian (System Of A Down), and more. It is a project that has drawn the interest of countless Disturbed enthusiasts, especially since the announcement of the group’s hiatus in 2011.
With all of these guest artists and one of today’s most recognizable vocalists, is there any way that this debut could fail? Head on below to read my thoughts on the album! READ MORE
Bloody-Disgusting is thrilled to bring you an exclusive first listen to Device‘s cover of the classic song “Close My Eyes Forever”. This cover sees singer David Draiman (Disturbed) take on Ozzy Osbourne‘s vocals and is joined by Halestorm‘s Lzzy Hale, who tackles Lita Ford‘s parts. The song will be hitting radio later today, so keep your dials tuned in! Head on below to listen to the track as well as to see Draiman explain how the song came about!
Device‘s upcoming self-titled debut features ex-Filter guitarist Gene Lenardo, who co-wrote the album. Joining as the touring incantation is Evanescence drummer Will Hunt and Dope guitarist Virus.
The self-titled album features guest appearances from Serj Tankian (System of a Down), Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine), Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath), Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Black Country Communion), and M. Shadows (Avenged Sevenfold). The album comes out April 9th and can be pre-ordered here. READ MORE
David Draiman (singer of Disturbed) has let loose some details surrounding his industrial band Device. The first bit of information that has come forth is that the first single “Vilify” from the debut record will hit radios on Feb. 19th. A video is being filmed today. Next is that the record has a tentative release date of April 9th.
The album will have guest appearances from Terry “Geezer” Butler (Black Sabbath), Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Black Country Communion), M. Shadows (Avenged Sevenfold), Serj Tankian (System Of A Down), Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine), and Lizzy Hale (Halestorm).
The live band will see Draiman supported by drummer Will Hunt (Evanescence, Dark New Day) and guitarist Virus (Dope). READ MORE
Serj Tankian (System Of A Down) has announced that he has scored the upcoming Industrial Toys sci-fi shooter video game Morning Light, which will be hitting iOS devices Spring 2013. Tankian has also scored portions of John Woo’s 2007 video game Stranglehold, which was the sequel to the action film Hard Boiled (one of the greatest action films ever released).
Tankian comments, “I’m really enjoying working on Morning Star because it gives me the ability to create new musical worlds to complement the new visual worlds in the game. Though most of the gameplay will be action oriented cues, the stunning artwork and static scenes have inspired unique sounds unheard before.”
Industrial Toys CEO Alex Seropian adds, “We’ve been big fans of Serj’s for quite some time. The opportunity to collaborate with him on Morning Star gave us a way to take the game to a whole new level. We knew his score would be unique, but it’s his ability to interpret a scene or gameplay element and come up with something that makes it moodier, more dramatic or just more awesome that’s really got us pumped.”
Set 120 years into our future, Morning Star takes players aboard the MSRV-Joplin, a research vessel newly outfitted with military weaponry to explore a mysterious signal coming from within our Solar System. When inevitable disaster strikes, Tankian’s accompanying musical score provides the thrilling musical backdrop as players are transported across the cosmos to engage in an epic battle for the ages. The looming threat that awaits is unlike anything humanity has ever seen before.
You can watch a trailer for the game below. READ MORE
Serj Tankian‘s third solo album Harakiri, which comes out on July 10th, is now streaming in full on Red Bull’s official website. You can pre-order the album via iTunes. This solo album is the follow-up to 2010′s Imperfect Harmonies.
Serj will be doing several dates with System of a Down. Tour dates are below. READ MORE
Serj Tankain, the enigmatic frontman of System Of A Down, has released an album teaser that is a medley of all the songs on his upcoming album Harakiri, which comes out July 10th (pre-order on iTunes). This will be Serj’s third solo album after 2007′s Elect The Dead and 2010′s Imperfect Harmonies. Serj is also supposedly working on three more albums for release over the next few years.
Serj will also be doing a fan Q & A on the eve of July 9th, the day before Harakiri comes out. Fans can RSVP here.
Serj will be doing several dates with System Of A Down. Tour dates are below. Also, check out our exclusive interview with Serj here.
In anticipation of his upcoming solo album Harakiri, System Of A Down frontman Serj Tankian has released a lyric video for the track “Cornucopia” as well as a free MP3 download (link below). The album, due for release on July 10th, is available for pre-order here. Each pre-order will see $2 donated to a non-profit organization aimed at fighting global hunger.
System Of A Down is also confirmed for several shows this summer. You can see the tour dates below. READ MORE
Iowa metal group Slipknot have announced their foray into creating their own headlined musical festival with Knotfest. This year will see two day-long dates, one in their native state of Iowa and one in Somerset, along the border of Wisconsin and Minnesota. The festival will have musical appearances from Deftones, Dethklok, Lamb Of God, Prong, The Urge, Cannibal Corpse, Serj Tankian, and more. There will also be amusement rides, burlesque performances, circus big-top tents, and other carnival-esque treats. Tickets are set to go on sale this Friday.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Shawn “Clown” Crahan states, “It’s all about having fun and bringing something to the world of rock & roll, bringing it to the standard it used to be. It’s time for us to really engulf this idea known as Knotfest where we’re in control, we make a day devoted to our mindset, our ideas, the people that we want to play with, the people that we think our fans want to be around.”
Clown also told Rolling Stone that the festival will continue on in the upcoming years even if Slipknot has no plans to perform. READ MORE
Serj Tankian, the enigmatic frontman of System of a Down, has released a teaser for Figure It Out, the first single from his upcoming album Harakiri. The album will be released July 10th via Reprise Records/Serjical Strike. The album will be available for preorder starting May 1st, which also coincides with the date that Figure It Out will be available for order off of iTunes.
The teaser video for Figure It Out, which you can view below, shows Tankian kidnap and torture a poor, innocent, helpless mail box. Yes, you read that right. Also, you get to decide at the end of the video whether or not the mailbox lives or dies. Live or die, make your choice (HA!).
System of a Down will also be touring with Deftones. Confirmed tour dates are below. READ MORE
The release of Batman: Arkham City is coming soon and the release date for the soundtrack is even closer. So, to keep up the interest, Revolver is streaming a new song from Serj Tankian that was exclusively recorded for the soundtrack. You can hear Total Paranoia after the jump.
The Oct. 4th release date for the Batman: Arkham City soundtrack is fast approaching but The Dark Knight can’t stop that from giving you listeners more chances to hear some music. So, in that spirit, AlternativePress is now hosting Blaqk Audio‘s contribution, entitled Afterdark.
Check it out after the jump and let me know your thoughts!
Everyone who I know that has played Batman: Arkham Asylum absolutely loved it. Honestly, if you haven’t played it, get yourself an Xbox 360 or PS3 (your choice), get the game and don’t leave the room until you’ve beaten it. It’s because of how much I enjoyed the first game that I’m looking forward to Batman: Arkham City, which comes out Oct. 18th.
Today it was released that a soundtrack for the game will also be released that features brand new music from artists such as Panic! At The Disco, Serj Tankian, Coheed & Cambria, and many more.
Coheed & Cambria frotnman Claudio Sanchez said, “I write in a very conceptual format with the stories that surround Coheed and Cambria, but Batman has a much larger, defined history and rules that go along with it. My goal was to find universal themes from Batman’s existing history to help give the lyrics legs and dimension so that the song could live within that world.”
Check after the jump for the full track list.
Bloody Disgusting has scored an exclusive interview with Serj Tankian and is happy to bring to all you readers! After the jump, you can read about the new album, why the release tour was postponed, and lastly, how Serj suddenly comes to realize that horror may in fact be the foundation of a lot of what he does! All this and more, after the jump!
Serj’s new album, ‘Imperfect Harmonies
‘, comes out tomorrow! Make sure to pick up your copy at your local retailer or order it on-line.
System Of A Down frontman Serj Tankian will be performing an orchestral interpretation of his solo album “Elect The Dead” on a special tour this summer. Tankian will recreate Elect the Dead Symphony with some of the finest orchestras in Europe, including the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, The Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, and Italy’s Orchestra Filarmonica Italiana.
“Elect The Dead Symphony” made it’s debut in New Zealand with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in March 2009. That performance was captured on the Elect the Dead Symphony CD/DVD, which will be released by Serjical Strike/Reprise Records on March 9th, 2010. READ MORE
A couple weeks ago bassist Shavo Odadjian posted a comment on his Twitter stating, “Are you guys ready for System???”. Drawing from this statement it would seem as if a possible System Of A Down reunion was in affect. Not the case.
When frontman Serj Tankian was asked if this were true he quickly had this to say…
“We always have offers to play, from festivals and stuff, but we have not decided to do anything as of yet,” Serj tells Billboard.com. “We’re in touch. We talk. We call it indefinite hiatus, and that’s how we still look at it. Nothing’s really changed.” READ MORE