Elect The Dead


One of the most unconventional frontmen in rock, System Of A Down singer Serj Tankian emerged as a solo artist with his debut album Elect The Dead. The album showcases the writing and arranging prowess of a man best known for his inimitable vocals, incisive lyrics, and dedication to bringing light to various issues revolving around injustice.

“Making Elect The Dead, I felt the exact same energy as I did recording System’s debut in 1998, that sense of open experimentation, the idea that ‘Wow, I’m actually doing this…’ I was living, eating, and shitting this music every day. I’d wake up in the morning and the thought of working on a song was so powerful I couldn’t focus on anything else.”

Neither a mellow excursion into world music or the frantic war-cry of System that some had predicted, Elect The Dead is multi-faceted and multi-layered. It contains elements of psychedelia, classical, and the trademark surrealist images and skewed time signatures that Tankian has made his own. It is both thought-provoking and from the heart.

“It’s definitely a rock record,” Tankian says enthusiastically. “It’s a moving album with a lot of ups and downs, starts and stops, and tempo changes. It’s depressing but it’s uplifting; it’s jazzy but it rocks.”

The album gained critical and commercial success upon it’s release in October of 2007, including the chart-topping success of hit singles “Empty Walls” and “Sky Is Over”.

Track Listing: 
  1. Empty Walls
  2. The Unthinking Majority
  3. Money
  4. Feed Us
  5. Saving Us
  6. Sky Is Over
  7. Baby
  8. Honking Antelope
  9. Lie Lie Lie
  10. Praise The Lord And Pass The Ammunition
  11. Beethoven's C***
  12. Elect The Dead
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