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Elect the Dead
Studio album by Serj Tankian
Released October 22, 2007 (2007-10-22)
Genre Alternative rock Experimental Rock
Length 45:03 (standard edition)
59:00 (limited edition)
Label Serjical Strike/Reprise
Producer Serj Tankian
Professional reviews
Serj Tankian chronology
Elect the Dead
(2007)
second studio album[1]
(2009)
Singles from Elect the Dead
  1. "The Unthinking Majority"
    Released: August 7, 2007
  2. "Empty Walls"
    Released: September 10, 2007
  3. "Lie Lie Lie"
    Released: December 24, 2007
  4. "Sky Is Over"
    Released: February 2008 [2]

Elect the Dead is the debut solo album by System of a Down frontman Serj Tankian. He played most of the instruments himself but did get help from System of a Down drummer John Dolmayan and former Primus/current Guns N' Roses drummer Bryan "Brain" Mantia, along with Dan Monti on guitar and bass, opera singer Ani Maldjian and some string players, Antonio Pontarelli among them.[3] The album was leaked on October 18, 2007. The official tour for Elect the Dead commenced on October 12 with a show at Chicago's Vic theater. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... A studio album is a collection of studio-recorded tracks by a recording artist. ... Serj Tankian (Armenian: ) (born August 21, 1967 in Beirut, Lebanon[1]) is a Lebanese-born Armenian-American singer, songwriter, poet, activist, and multi-instrumentalist. ... is the 295th day of the year (296th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 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The first concert had roughly 1,000 people attending, in a medium sized venue. Although Serj had stated he would not be performing any of System of a Down's material, he had performed Charades, a song co-written by Daron Malakian, the guitarist of System of a Down. Although it is originally a song restricted to piano and vocals, Serj used his backing band, The FCC, to provide guitars, drums and bass.

It's very wide sounding — lots of different sounding instruments. The excitement I had making this record was the same excitement I had making the first System record.

Serj Tankian Limited Edition cover The limited edition cover of System of a Down. ... Serj Tankian (Armenian: ) (born August 21, 1967 in Beirut, Lebanon[1]) is a Lebanese-born Armenian-American singer, songwriter, poet, activist, and multi-instrumentalist. ...

Tankian has stated that while some of the songs are new, a lot of them have been with him for a while. The first singles off the album were "The Unthinking Majority" and "Empty Walls". The song "Saving Us" was released on Tankian's Last.fm page[4] and his MySpace.[5] The video for "Feed Us" was released on the Swedish[6] and UK[7] MTV. Serj appeared on MTV's You Rock The Deuce to promote Elect The Dead. He participated in a number of skits featuring himself playing the roles of producer, director, and other various duties. An album or record album is a collection of related audio or music tracks distributed to the public. ... The Unthinking Majority is a song released by Serj Tankian, the first from his debut album Elect the Dead; a digital download only single. ... Empty Walls is the first single and first track off Serj Tankians debut album Elect the Dead[2][3]. The song has been described as a traditionally pummeling rocker[4]. It has been played on various radio stations. ... Last. ... MySpace is a social networking website offering an interactive, user-submitted network of friends, personal profiles, blogs, groups, photos, music, and videos. ... -1... Singles from Elect the Dead Released: August 7, 2007 Released: September 10, 2007 Released: December 24, 2007 Released: February 2008 [2] Elect the Dead is the debut solo album by System of a Down frontman Serj Tankian. ...


Until now two different promo versions of the album have surfaced to the public. The instrumental promo (PRO-CD-102124), issued by Serjical Strike/Reprise Records and intended for the music and movie industry, contains instrumental versions of the 12 regular album tracks. Another promo version, issued by Reprise Records and made only for individual reviewers, features the regular album in final master form. This release, which was labeled "Smart Talk" as a codename for "Serj Tankian" to prevent leaking by unauthorized persons, also indicates that the album was finalized prior to August 20, 2007 (2007-08-20)[8]. is the 232nd day of the year (233rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ...


The album has been met with very positive reception by both critics and fans alike.[citation needed] However, to this day, it has yet to receive gold certification.


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Contents

Track listing

  1. "Empty Walls" – 3:49
  2. "The Unthinking Majority" – 3:46
  3. "Money" – 3:53
  4. "Feed Us" – 4:31
  5. "Saving Us" – 4:41
  6. "Sky is Over" – 2:57
  7. "Baby" – 3:31
  8. "Honking Antelope" – 3:50
  9. "Lie Lie Lie" – 3:33
  10. "Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition" – 4:23
  11. "Beethoven's C***" – 3:13
  12. "Elect the Dead" – 2:54
  13. "The Reverend King" – 2:49 (Japanese Bonus Track)

Empty Walls is the first single and first track off Serj Tankians debut album Elect the Dead[2][3]. The song has been described as a traditionally pummeling rocker[4]. It has been played on various radio stations. ... The Unthinking Majority is a song released by Serj Tankian, the first from his debut album Elect the Dead; a digital download only single. ... Lie Lie Lie is the ninth track off Serj Tankians solo debut album Elect the Dead. ... Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition is a patriotic song written by Frank Loesser and published as sheet music in 1942 by Famous Music Corp. ...

Special Edition Bonus Disc

  1. "Blue" – 2:45
  2. "Empty Walls" (Acoustic) – 3:46
  3. "Feed Us" (Acoustic) – 4:21
  4. "Falling Stars" – 3:05

Empty Walls is the first single and first track off Serj Tankians debut album Elect the Dead[2][3]. The song has been described as a traditionally pummeling rocker[4]. It has been played on various radio stations. ...

iTunes Edition

  1. "The Reverend King" – 2:49
  2. "Blue" – 2:45
  3. "Falling Stars" – 3:05
  4. "Lie Lie Lie" (Music Video)

Lie Lie Lie is the ninth track off Serj Tankians solo debut album Elect the Dead. ...

Chart Positions

Year Chart Peak
2007 Top Canadian Albums
3
The Billboard 200
4
Austrian Albums Top 75
5
German Albums Top 75
10
Swiss Albums Top 100
11
Finland Albums Top 40
12
New Zealand Albums Chart
14
ARIA Top 50 (Australia)
19
France Albums Top 150
23
UK Albums Chart
26

Music videos

Music videos were made for every song on the standard edition of the record, each directed by a different director. Tankian explained: "I asked each of the directors for their visual interpretation of my work. They were asked not to write treatments and that they could make whatever they liked. The results have been overwhelmingly amazing!" [9]. Some videos were initially released exclusively to Deluxe Members who purchased the Limited Edition of Elect the Dead. All of the videos (except "Money") have since been publicly released on his official website and his YouTube Channel.


The videos that came out publicly and their directors are:

Song name Director Availability
"Empty Walls" Tony Petrossian 2nd video
"The Unthinking Majority" Tawd b. Dorenfeld 1st video
"Money" Ara Soudjian 11th Video
"Feed Us" Sevag Vrej 4th video
"Saving Us" Kevin Estrada 3rd video
"Sky Is Over" (independent video) José Rivera 9th video
"Baby" Isaac "Eye-Sack" Flores 8th video
"Honking Antelope" Roger Kupelian 6th video
"Lie Lie Lie" Martha Colburn 5th video
"Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition" Greg Watermann 12th video
"Beethoven's Cunt" Adam Egypt Mortimer 10th video
"Elect the Dead" Gariné Torossian 7th video
"Sky Is Over" (official video) Tony Petrossian 13th video
"Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition" (lyric video) --- 14th video

Empty Walls is the first single and first track off Serj Tankians debut album Elect the Dead[2][3]. The song has been described as a traditionally pummeling rocker[4]. It has been played on various radio stations. ... Director Tony Petrossian is a Commercial and Music Video director who has directed music videos for such artists as DMX, Slipknot, Stone Sour, Seether, Orson, Millionaire, Rise Against, Three Days Grace, Apocalyptica, Taking Back Sunday, Avenged Sevenfold, Serj Tankian and many others. ... The Unthinking Majority is a song released by Serj Tankian, the first from his debut album Elect the Dead; a digital download only single. ... Lie Lie Lie is the ninth track off Serj Tankians solo debut album Elect the Dead. ... Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition is a patriotic song written by Frank Loesser and published as sheet music in 1942 by Famous Music Corp. ... Director Tony Petrossian is a Commercial and Music Video director who has directed music videos for such artists as DMX, Slipknot, Stone Sour, Seether, Orson, Millionaire, Rise Against, Three Days Grace, Apocalyptica, Taking Back Sunday, Avenged Sevenfold, Serj Tankian and many others. ... Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition is a patriotic song written by Frank Loesser and published as sheet music in 1942 by Famous Music Corp. ...

Personnel

  • All songs written & performed by Serj Tankian (guitars, bass, piano, vocals, synthesizers, drum programming, melodica, bells, and various tone generating beauties[sic] )
  • Stunning suppository sounds[sic] (BMI)
  • All songs recorded at Serjical Strike Studios
  • Produced by Serj Tankian
  • Engineered by Dan Monti and Serj Tankian
  • Mastered by Vlado Meller at Sony Music Studios in New York, NY

Serj Tankian (Armenian: ) (born August 21, 1967 in Beirut, Lebanon[1]) is a Lebanese-born Armenian-American singer, songwriter, poet, activist, and multi-instrumentalist. ... For other uses, see SIC. Sic is a Latin word meaning thus, so, as such, or just as that. In writing, it is placed within square brackets and usually italicized—[sic]—to indicate that an incorrect or unusual spelling, phrase, punctuation, and/or other preceding quoted material has been reproduced... For other uses, see SIC. Sic is a Latin word meaning thus, so, as such, or just as that. In writing, it is placed within square brackets and usually italicized—[sic]—to indicate that an incorrect or unusual spelling, phrase, punctuation, and/or other preceding quoted material has been reproduced... Serjical Strike Records is the record label owned by Serji Tankian of the metal band system of a down. ... Serj Tankian (Armenian: ) (born August 21, 1967 in Beirut, Lebanon[1]) is a Lebanese-born Armenian-American singer, songwriter, poet, activist, and multi-instrumentalist. ... Serj Tankian (Armenian: ) (born August 21, 1967 in Beirut, Lebanon[1]) is a Lebanese-born Armenian-American singer, songwriter, poet, activist, and multi-instrumentalist. ... Sony Music Entertainment is a major global record label controlled by the Sony Corporation. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ...

Elect the Dead

  • All drums recorded at The Pass in Los Angeles, CA
  • Drum engineer Krish Sharma
  • Assistant drum engineer Bo Joe
  • Drum technician at The Pass Sako Karaian
  • Mixed by Neal Avron at Paramount Recording Studios in Los Angeles, CA
  • Mix assistant Nicholas Fournier
  • Drumming on tracks 1, 3, 7-9, 11 by Brain
  • Drumming on track 2 by John Dolmayan
  • Drumming on tracks 4 and 5 by Brain and John Dolmayan
  • Drum programming on track 6 by Dan Monti
  • Additional guitar on tracks 1-4, 6, 8, 11 by Dan Monti
  • Additional bass on tracks 2, 6-9, 11 by Dan Monti
  • Additional solo guitar on track 5 by Diran Noubar
  • Additional vocals on tracks 5 and 9 by Ani Maldjian
  • Additional cello on tracks 1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 11, 12 by Cameron Stone
  • Additional violin on tracks 1, 3, 4, 6, 8 by Antonio Pontarelli
  • Additional synthesizers on track 6 by Dan Monti and Fabrice Favre

Los Angeles and L.A. redirect here. ... Bryan Brain Mantia (whose name is more often mistakenly spelled Brian) is a contemporary rock drummer. ... John Dolmayan (Armenian: ) (born July 15, 1973 in Lebanon) is a musician, best known as the drummer for the Armenian-American alternative metal band System of a Down. ... Bryan Brain Mantia (whose name is more often mistakenly spelled Brian) is a contemporary rock drummer. ... John Dolmayan (Armenian: ) (born July 15, 1973 in Lebanon) is a musician, best known as the drummer for the Armenian-American alternative metal band System of a Down. ... There are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ... Antonio Pontarelli Antonio Pontarelli (born on April 1, 1991) is Southern Californian rock musician, singer/songwriter/electric violinist who was won numerous national and international awards, including the Grand Champion of Americas Most Talented Kid on NBCs PAX TV. In April 2006, he received the most votes of...

Bonus disc

  • Drums on track 4 recorded at The Pass in Los Angeles, CA
  • Additional engineering on track 1 by Thom Russo
  • Drum engineer on track 4 Krish Sharma
  • Assistant drum engineer on track 4 Bo Joe
  • Drum technician on track 4 Sako Karaian
  • Tracks 1-3 mixed by Serj Tankian and Dan Monti
  • Track 4 mixed by Neal Avron
  • Track 4 mix assistant Nicholas Fournier
  • Drumming on track 4 by John Dolmayan
  • Violin solo on track 4 by Antonio Pontarelli
  • Additional guitars on track 4 by Dan Monti
  • Additional violin on tracks 2-4 by Antonio Pontarelli
  • Additional cello on tracks 2-4 by Cameron Stone

Los Angeles and L.A. redirect here. ... Serj Tankian (Armenian: ) (born August 21, 1967 in Beirut, Lebanon[1]) is a Lebanese-born Armenian-American singer, songwriter, poet, activist, and multi-instrumentalist. ... John Dolmayan (Armenian: ) (born July 15, 1973 in Lebanon) is a musician, best known as the drummer for the Armenian-American alternative metal band System of a Down. ... Antonio Pontarelli Antonio Pontarelli (born on April 1, 1991) is Southern Californian rock musician, singer/songwriter/electric violinist who was won numerous national and international awards, including the Grand Champion of Americas Most Talented Kid on NBCs PAX TV. In April 2006, he received the most votes of... Antonio Pontarelli Antonio Pontarelli (born on April 1, 1991) is Southern Californian rock musician, singer/songwriter/electric violinist who was won numerous national and international awards, including the Grand Champion of Americas Most Talented Kid on NBCs PAX TV. In April 2006, he received the most votes of...

Additional credits

  • A&R Craig Aaronson and George Tonikian
  • Original artwork provided by Sako Shahinian
  • Album packaging design by Sako Shahinian
  • Photography by Greg Watermann
  • Worldwide management Dave Holmes and Darin Harmon
  • Booking (US) Don Muller at CAA
  • Booking (Europe) Emma Banks at CAA
  • Legal[sic] Don Passman and Gene Salomon at Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown, Inc.
  • Business management David Weise at DW & Associates
  • John Dolmayan appears courtesy of Columbia Records

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References

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External links

Serj Tankian (Armenian: ) (born August 21, 1967 in Beirut, Lebanon[1]) is a Lebanese-born Armenian-American singer, songwriter, poet, activist, and multi-instrumentalist. ... Serj Tankian (Armenian: ) (born August 21, 1967 in Beirut, Lebanon[1]) is a Lebanese-born Armenian-American singer, songwriter, poet, activist, and multi-instrumentalist. ... Larry Ler LaLonde (born Reid Lawrence LaLonde on September 12, 1968 in Oakland, California) is a guitarist who currently plays in Primus along with Les Claypool and Tim Alexander. ... Bryan Brain Mantia (whose name is more often mistakenly spelled Brian) is a contemporary rock drummer. ... John Dolmayan (Armenian: ) (born July 15, 1973 in Lebanon) is a musician, best known as the drummer for the Armenian-American alternative metal band System of a Down. ... There are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ... Antonio Pontarelli Antonio Pontarelli (born on April 1, 1991) is Southern Californian rock musician, singer/songwriter/electric violinist who was won numerous national and international awards, including the Grand Champion of Americas Most Talented Kid on NBCs PAX TV. In April 2006, he received the most votes of... The Unthinking Majority is a song released by Serj Tankian, the first from his debut album Elect the Dead; a digital download only single. ... Empty Walls is the first single and first track off Serj Tankians debut album Elect the Dead[2][3]. The song has been described as a traditionally pummeling rocker[4]. It has been played on various radio stations. ... Lie Lie Lie is the ninth track off Serj Tankians solo debut album Elect the Dead. ... Axis of Justice is a non-profit organization co-founded by Serj Tankian (of System of a Down) and Tom Morello (from the band Rage Against the Machine and the now defunct Audioslave). ... There are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ... Screamers is a 2006 documentary by director Carla Garapedian. ... System of a Down (commonly referred to as System or abbreviated as SOAD) are an American heavy metal band, formed in 1995 in Glendale, California. ... Serart is a collaboration between folk artist Arto Tunçboyacıyan and Serj Tankian, lead singer of System of a Down. ... This article is about the avant-garde metal composer and musician. ... Serjical Strike Records is the record label owned by Serji Tankian of the metal band system of a down. ... Reprise Records is an American record label, owned by Warner Music Group, operated through Warner Bros. ...

 
 

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