System Of A Down vocalist Serj Tankian's third solo album, Harakiri, is now streaming online in its entirety, days before its release next Tuesday (July 10th). The title is a Japanese term for ritual suicide, and Tankian told us how he relates it to a larger view of the state of the world: ["To me, Harakiri is also a very strong and deep statement about how humanity has poisoned its own environment. It's a general environmental statement about what we're doing on the planet. We're committing suicide. You know, whether it's consciously or subconsciously or unconsciously, it's the case."] SOUNDCUE (:15 OC: . . . it's the case.)
- Tankian told Loudwire about what inspired him to write the album's title track, explaining, "The title track came about when we experienced in January of 2011 the massive deaths of birds and fish around the world. And to me it was such a symbolic ominous sign of things that are happening that I could not (avoid) looking into it or feeling for it."
- Harakiri follows up Tankian's two previous solo outings, 2010's Imperfect Harmonies and 2007's Elect The Dead.
- Tankian has numerous other projects in the works, including a jazz album, an electronic project and an orchestral piece.
- System Of A Down will play two weeks of East Coast dates this summer with Deftones, beginning on August 2nd in Philadelphia. System, which has not released new music since 2005, has no plans to record at the moment.
CHECK IT OUT: Listen to Harakiri streaming at http://tinyurl.com/86jpbm3