After the unexpected joy of seeing System of a Down return to the stage a couple of year ago, (performing in Finland for the first time ever during their career in 2011), fans who may have thought their recent follow-up gig at Jurassic Rock back in August may have signalled a new beginning are in for a moderate letdown, as frontman Serj Tankian continues rolling on with his solo pursuits. But, that in itself is still good news, and he is performing at Hartwall Areena on Sunday 29 September.
Having emerged as a performer on his own right with the release of the impressive Elect The Dead in 2007, Tankian has wasted no time to explore the various musical avenues available to him. Soon he was onstage with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra for the orchestral interpretation collection Elect The Dead Symphony. This restless creative itch then saw the opera and electro flavoured Imperfect Harmonies emerge in 2010.
Not to be outdone, last year’s Harakiri took a look at the not so oft explored concept of animal suicide, adding to the long line of injustices that Tankian was becoming known to howl against. Then, just in case he be perceived as resting on his laurels, 2013 will eventually have seen the release of three different albums. Jazz orientated Jazz-Iz-Christ dropped earlier this year, with Fuktronic arriving at some stage before Christmas. Meanwhile, perhaps his most intriguing idea, Orca, arrived back in June. Recorded in Linz, Austria, with conductor Werner Steinmetz at the helm, the album is Tankian’s first complete symphony. Structured into four acts, the work draws on the fact that the killer whale is actually a dolphin as symbolic of human dichotomy.
Aside from the fours acts being performed at Hartwall Areena will also draw on cuts from Elect The Dead Symphony. Note, for those who like to get there early and discover some new sounds, there will be no warm up band. The new sounds, it appears, can be found with the headlining act.