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In an effort to return to his edgy hard rock roots circa System Of A Down, Serj has delivered the rocker Harakiri.
Harakiri, Serj's 2012 solo album, is the follow up to 2010's critically acclaimed Imperfect Harmonies. The album is the third solo release from the System Of A Down frontman. As with 2007's Elect the Dead and Imperfect Harmonies, Serj produced Harakiri himself at his home studio in Los Angeles. He tried to approach writing a little differently this time around. "I used the Apple iPad as a songwriting instrument to sketch out three of the songs on the record" explains Serj. "We must trick ourselves into writing in different ways to get unexpected results." The album also features performances by Serj's touring band, The F.C.C. - Dan Monti on guitar, Mario Pagliarulo on bass, and Troy Ziegler on drums. Dan Monti also co-mixed and co-engineered the album with Serj. The album is mastered by Vlado Meller (Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kanye West).
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Harakiri is an amazing return to form for Serj, Imperfect Harmonies i thought was entertaining but the appeal wore off and some songs i outright did not like. I enjoyed every single song on Harakiri.
If you are a System Fan or an Elect The Dead Fan YOU WILL ENJOY THIS ALBUM.
Note: I did not hate Imperfect Harmonies, it was a great experiment with genre's and certain songs are some of his best.
Rhythmically I appreciate how he takes the familiarity of his voice and contrasts/weaves it around some very interesting audio textures... for example in "Ching Chime" you find an almost addictive syncopation. If you are a real listener you can hear some great texture in these songs. He uses some interesting electronic work in there that I really did not expect, but he pulls it off.
You can tell Serj enjoys trying new things, you can hear it on this album and you can see it in his other projects. If you have watched his work over the years it is a cool way to see someone exploring their own creativity.
The music on this album simply rocks. All of the fast songs have that awesome, driving rock pulse. The slower songs tend to be intricate and melodic. Serj's vocal style was always unique, and he uses it well in this album
I wasn't a fan of System of a Down, though now I'm curious how the rest of their albums sound compared to what was on the radio