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Serj Tankian's Elasticity EP (Mostly) Scratches the SOAD Itch

By Ryan Reed (Paste Magazine): Original Article Serj Tankian’s new EP opens with a burp and closes with a beating—not a bad summary of his entire oeuvre, balancing the absurd and the gravely serious. The singer envisioned Elasticity as the foundation of a new System of a Down record, the most feverishly awaited heavy music project this side of Tool’s recent reawakening. These tracks were pre-molded into classic System structures: spastic vocal melodies, massive distortion, political commentary, a splash of the theatricality that animated classic tunes like “Sugar” and “Chop Suey!” But—in a non-surprise twist—they couldn’t agree on a path forward, so Tankian repurposed the material for himself. The Armenian-American band did unite in November for an even bigger cause: quickly recording...

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Serj Tankian: Another EP + 24-Minute Piano Concerto Coming This Year

By Full Metal Jackie | Loudwire Serj Tankian was the latest guest on Full Metal Jackie's weekend radio program. There was a lot to discuss as System of a Down released two new songs last year in an effort to support the citizens of their home country, Armenia. The singer's Truth to Power documentary also showcased his career as an activist, using music as the vehicle for his message. Also, Tankian will release the Elasticity solo EP on March 19 and he relayed that there's a lot more new music on the way by virtue of a follow-up EP as well as a 24-minute piano concerto Read full article: Serj Tankian: Another EP + 24-Minute Piano Concerto Coming This Year 

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System of a Down frontman Serj Tankian drops new music, talks documentary ‘Truth to Power’

By Kelli Skye Fadroski | Daily News Though all touring plans for his band System of a Down were put on hold due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, vocalist Serj Tankian continued recording his own music, scoring documentaries and video games and working on his political and humanitarian activism. He was sitting on a handful of songs that were originally meant for System of a Down, but he found they weren’t working for the band so he decided to record and release them himself as the “Elasticity” EP, which drops March 19. It’s a unique collection of music, with each song containing a different sound and vibe. While the manic title track is inspired by bands like the Germs, the piano-driven “Rumi,” which he...

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Serj Tankian Announces ‘Elasticity’ EP, Debuts Video for Title Track

By Daniel Kreps (Rolling Stone): Original Article System of a Down’s Serj Tankian has announced his new solo EP Elasticity, and with it the video for the title track. “When I conceived possibly doing another record with the guys from System of a Down a few years back, I started working on a set of songs that I arranged in rock format for that purpose,” Tankian said in a statement. “As we weren’t able to see eye to eye on the vision going forward with a SOAD album, I decided to release these songs under my moniker.” In the Kafkaesque video for “Elasticity,” a young woman sits in a line in a circular room full of people, continuously losing her place to confront...

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