System of a Down frontman Serj Tankian has officially announced the release of not one, but two independent records this summer.
The first effort, titled "Orca," was described as "Tankian's first true symphony" and is set for a June 25 release via singer's own label Serjical Strike Records. As the self-titled debut album of his new project Jazz-iz Christ, the second record is scheduled to drop on July 23.
"Recorded in Linz, Austria in October of 2012, Orca was composed and demoed in Tankians home studio and fully realized after a successful Kickstarter campaign that helped fund a recording and debut performance at the regal Brucknerhaus with the Das Karussell Ensemble," reads the official announcement.
"With conductor Werner Steinmetz at the helm, the four acts of 'Orca' mix influences from early 20th century composers with modern film compositional dynamics showing influences ranging from Ennio Morricone to Philip Glass. Listeners are met with a mingling of sounds and intertwining pieces that are both serene and bombastic at the same time, offering a fresh interpretation to the classical art."
As for the Jazz-iz Christ self-titled debut, the project has been described as "a collaborative effort between many musicians that Tankian curated to be part of the group and self-titled album." List of contributors includes the likes of Police drummer Stewart Copeland, pianist Tigran Hamasyan, flutist Valeri Tolstov and trumpet player Tom Duprey.
"Orca" pre-orders will kick off on May 1, while the "Jazz-iz Christ" pre-orders will follow two weeks later, starting on May 15. The vocalist has also confirmed a string of 9 European concert dates set to take place during September and October, mostly in Russia and Italy.
As for the massively-anticipated new System of a Down release, the band has recently confirmed they will hit the studio "at a certan point." Ever since the end of their four-year hiatus in 2011, SOAD kept a relatively low-profile, with just occasional live performances. And with the frontman's solo career at full-throttle, it is almost certain we won't be hearing any new material this year.
The latest SOAD record, "Hypnotize," came out back in November 2005 as the band's fifth studio release. After an exclusive Los Angeles performance at The Hollywood Bowl on July 29, the metal four-piece is set to embark on a three-week European tour in August.
Serj Tankian European tour dates:
09/19 - Kiev, Ukraine - Ukraina Hall 09/21 - Yekaterinburg, Russia - Kosmos Hall 09/23 - Novosibirsk, Russia - DK Zheleznodorozhnik 09/25 - Krasnoyarsk, Russia - Philharmony 09/27 - Moscow, Russia - Crocus City Hall 09/28 - St. Petersburg, Russia - Orjktybyrsky Concert Hall 09/03 - Florence, Italy - Teatro Comunale 09/04 - Padova, Italy - Gran Teatro Geox 09/05 - Rome, Italy - Auditorium Parco Della Musica