Serj has recently released his debut solo effort, Elect the Dead.
I always fear when a lead singer from a band puts out a solo effort. The end result is rarely ever equal to the output by the singer’s band.
For those System of a Down fans that are looking for another SOAD like CD, Elect the Dead may come as a disappointment or a complete surprise. Serj took a backseat to guitarist Daron Malakian on the last couple SOAD album, and a few fans were unhappy with the records.
Those longing to here Serj belt out to some new tunes will be quite happy with Elect the Dead. On this record, there are some definite radio ready tracks with Empty Walls and Feed Us. This record gets a little spacey in a Pink Floyd meets metal sort of way. With that being said, I don’t consider all the songs here to be classic.
Elect the Dead certainly has some solid tunes. The song writing is pretty good, and the musical arrangements are unique and interesting. The variety of tunes on this disc also works as its detriment. There are a few tracks that I didn’t care for very much, therefore Elect the Dead isn’t a CD that I will find myself replaying a lot. Nonetheless, Tankian fans and SOAD fans will likely enjoy this record and ought to give it a look.
Rating:Out of 10
1. Empty Walls
2. The Unthinking Majority
4. Feed Us
5. Saving Us
6. Sky Is Over
8. Honking Antelope
9. Lie Lie Lie
10. Praise the Lord And Pass the Ammunition
11. Beethoven’s Cunt
12. Elect the Dead