by Serj Tankian


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Though he possesses one of the most instantly recognizable singing voices in music, Serj Tankian has still spent the last five years finding his musical "voice" as a solo artist, steadily working his way out of the shadow of his work fronting nü-prog rockers System of a Down. After moving his sound in an increasingly grand direction, an idea that culminated in the singer recasting his debut album with a symphony on Elect the Dead Symphony, Tankian returns to a more direct rock sound with his third album, Harakiri. Filled with political angst, this album feels the most lyrically similar to SOAD, with lines like "sucking seeds is pastime" even serving as direct references to "Toxicity" ("eating seeds is a pastime activity"). With its socially conscious, call-to-arms message and frantic, rapid-fire tempo, "Uneducated Democracy" feels like an ideological spiritual successor to that era, and helps to make Harakiri an album that will allow fans to draw a nice line between the Tankian's solo work and his time with SOAD.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/10/2012
Label: Reprise / Wea
UPC: 0093624950936
catalogNumber: 531183

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Serj Tankian   Primary Artist
Dan Monti   Guitar
Jeff Muzerolle   Drums
Mario Pagliarulo   Bass
Troy Zeigler   Drums
David Finch   Violin
Charlie Chronopoulos   Guitar
Andrew Kzirian   Oud

Technical Credits

Chad Bamford   Drum Engineering
Tom Duprey   Instrumentation
Serj Tankian   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Art Direction
Dan Monti   Engineer
Emma Banks   Booking
Don Muller   Booking
Vinnie Pedulla   Instrumentation
Marc Geiger   Booking
Steven Sater   Composer
Robert Simring   Instrumentation

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