The official video for the song “Act II – Oceanic Subterfuge” fromSYSTEM OF A DOWN singer Serj Tankian can be seen below. The track comes off Serj‘s first true symphony, “Orca Symphony No. 1”, which will be made available on June 25 via his own Serjical Strike Records.
Recorded in Linz, Austria in October of 2012, “Orca” was composed and demoed in Tankian‘s home studio and fully realized after a successfulKickstarter campaign that helped fund a recording and debut performance at the regal Brucknerhaus with the Das Karussell Ensemble. With conductor Werner Steinmetz at the helm, the four acts of “Orca” mix influences from early 20th-century composers with modern film compositional dynamics showing influences ranging from Ennio Morriconeto Philip Glass. Listeners are met with a mingling of sounds and intertwining pieces that are both serene and bombastic at the same time, offering a fresh interpretation to the classical art.
According to Tankian, “Orca is known as the killer whale, but is really a dark dolphin, a symbolism for human dichotomy.”
He added: “The four different acts always reminded me of earth, sky, water, and underground. Four different zones of the world, not all necessarily inhabited by Orca, but definitely controlled by men.”
Upon completion of SYSTEM OF A DOWN‘s summer touring in August,Tankian will hang back in Europe until the commencement of his own solo orchestral tour dates that begin on September 19 in Kiev, Ukraine. The concert program will include all four acts of “Orca”, but will also incorporate performances of many songs from “Elect The Dead Symphony”, which achieved critical and commercial success upon its initial release and tour in 2010.