Frontman for experimental nu-metal act System Of A Down, Serj Tankian, has finished his third solo album Harakiri.
Tankian has put the finishing touches on his follow-up to 2010’s Imperfect Harmonies in his Serjical Strike studios in Los Angeles.
The album, titled Harakiri, was self-produced with most of the material written in 2011 during what he says was “the busiest, most productive year of my life so far.”
He reunited System Of A Down, released a new book of poetry Glaring Through Oblivion, staged the rock musical Prometheus Bound, and wrote a jazz record, an electro one with Jimmy Urine from Mindless Self Indulgence, and an orchestral album.
He says the underlying inspiration for Harakiri – a Japanese term for ritual suicide – was instigated by reports of mass deaths of birds and fish globally, as a sign of foreboding.
The album is his most diverse yet, Tankian says, “much more driving and punk oriented with influences ranging from goth to electronic to 80’s 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.”
Harakiri is slated for release in the North American summer, mid-year.