Written by ~ Kristen Jones
Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter Serj Tankian has broken the conventional laws once again. On March 9th he released Elect The Dead Symphony, featuring the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra (APO). The album is a cover of his critically-acclaimed debut solo album Elect The Dead and two unreleased songs.
The dynamic performance was recorded and filmed in HD and released as a CD/DVD by Serjical Strike/Reprise Records.
“It’s very wide sounding — lots of different sounding instruments. The excitement I had making this record was the same excitement I had making the first System record” says the former System Of A Down frontman.
Already a fan of Tankian and his astounding voice, I am impressed by the risk he took with this album. I was pleasantly surprised at how the pairing of his voice together with the APO sent chills down my spine.
“Empty Walls”, “Lie Lie Lie” and “Sky Is Over” were some of my favourites. Tankian’s voice is that much more impressive considering this is a LIVE recording.
His vocals and songs were the perfect match to the power of the APO’s performance. There was almost a seamless transition between the different styles of music.
All in all, Elect The Dead Symphony is stunning and really showcases Tankian’s creativity and versatility. The album is a work of art that is simultaneously familiar and completely new.
Tankian is currently working on his second solo album which he has described as “electro-orchestral-jazz-rock”, titled Music Without Borders also he will be touring this summer and playing with different Orchestra’s along the way.