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Serj Tankian Goes Electronic on New Benny Benassi Track

From Loudwire Serj Tankian lends his vocals to ‘Shooting Helicopters,’ the new track from Italian electronic producer and DJ Benny Benassi. The infectious track starts with a staccato keyboard line before Serj comes in singing softly. It builds in intensity as the System of a Down frontman’s vocals begin to soar, before a full-on instrumental dance breakdown. The song shows off a different side of Serj’s powerful and operatic vocals. He took to Facebook and posted to song, writing, “Here’s the full song ‘Shooting Helicopters’ I did with Benny Benassi. I really enjoyed working with him and love the way it came out! Thanks for checking it out.” In a press release, Benny Benassi has always admired “Serj’s vocal prowess and talent, but he wasn’t...

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3 News In New Zealand Reviews Serj's Orchestral Performance in Christchurch

By David Farrier Christchurch enjoys its rock and metal, so it’s perhaps no surprise Serj Tankian was greeted to a huge round of applause when he took to the stage at the CBS Arena. One of the most recognisable and respected voices in rock, we don’t see Tankian perform often here. Tonight was special.  Exactly a week earlier, many of this crowd had attended the double-billed show of Nine Inch Nails and Queens of the Stone Age. But tonight was different. The Black Sabbath and Tool tees remained, but this crowd is largely seated. And on stage are the many varied faces of the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra. They sit and warm up their instruments. Then it’s a stare-off between orchestra...

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Serj Tankian Talks About Music And Art With TV3

By David Farrier Tomorrow night, Serj Tankian is playing a one-off show at Christchurch's CBS Arena.Known to many as the frontman of System of a Down, for many this concert will show a different side to the Grammy-award winning musician. He'll be joined on stage by the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, who will perform some of Serj's symphony found on his recent Orca album. He'll also be performing with them as they rock through his Elect the Dead record.Serj doesn't perform these shows often, so it seemed like a good opportunity for me to sit down with the musician in New Zealand to talk about what he's up to. For video of the interview, check out this link: TV3 Video Interview Are...

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In Your Speakers Reviews 'Jazz-Iz Christ'

From In Your Speakers 2013 has already been a crazy year, and now we stand poised for one of its more head-scratching moments. I’m sure you remember Serj Tankian from the turn of the millennium – if not by name, than as the Fu-Manchu-sporting frontman of System of a Down. Aside from their “GRABABRUSHANDPUTALITTLEMAKEUP!” antics, they were also an incredibly outspoken political force and the most radically leftist band out there. A decade plus has passed since SOAD’s heyday, and Serj is branching into an area of music that will have System adherents WTFing, but makes perfect sense if you think about it. Jazz-Iz Christ can be called a lot of things, but perhaps the most concise (but least useful) definition...

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Ultimate Guitar Reviews Orca Symphony No. 1

From Ultimate-Guitar Sound: Tick this off the list of things you thought you'd never see. If you've been following the career of Serj Tankiansince the initial demise of his band System of a Down, you're probably familiar with the greatly underappreciated "Elect the Dead Symphony," a colourful orchestration of his debut solo album and proof of his diverse musical endeavours, which reach well beyond that of your average rock frontman. His pedigree is proven in rock and in classically-influenced experimental metal. This, however, is something else entirely; this is pinch-yourself-to-see-if-you're-dreaming stuff. The man behind "Chop Suey," "Toxicity" and "banana terracotta terracotta pie" has composed an entire classical symphony in four acts. Let's get to it, shall we? The first act,...

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