Serj Tankian has released a snippet of the new album he wrote with a little help from an iPad.
"Harakiri" is the third solo album from the System Of A Down frontman, after 2010's "Imperfect Harmonies". It features members of his touring band, including Mario Pagliarulo on bass, Troy Zeigler on drums, and Dan Monti on guitar who helped Serj record and mix the album.
"The record is different than any I've made as a solo artist," he says. "It is much more driving and punk-oriented, with influences ranging from goth to electronic to '80s 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.
"I used the Apple iPad as a songwriting instrument to sketch out three of the songs on the record," he said. "We must trick ourselves into writing in different ways to get unexpected results."
Serj says 2011 was "the most productive year of my life so far." The result of his efforts included his score for the rock musical "Prometheus Bound" which opened in February, and his second poetry book "Glaring Through Oblivion".
On top of that, he completed four albums - one jazz record, an electronic album, a classical symphony and the new solo rock record.
"The year 2011 started with a fire. Some kids in Piha, New Zealand were setting off fireworks that landed on my neighbor's property and lit the whole hill on fire. I knew it was going to be a hell of a year and it certainly was," said Tankian (via Blabbermouth).
"Within five days of that, reports came out about birds and fish dying in massive numbers globally. The omen was not lost on me. Varied creatures on earth were committing massive hara-kiri (the Japanese term signifying ritualistic suicide.) Do they know something we don't about the coming times or the sustainability of the environment? That is the day I started writing this record."
Listen to a clip from the song "Figure It Out" here:
What do you think of his new track? Share your rating in the comments.