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System Of A Down singer Serj Tankian is releasing two albums this summer through his own label, Serjical Strike Records. First up on June 25th will be Orca, Tankian's first true symphony, while July 23rd will see the release of a collaborative jazz-inspired disc called Jazz-iz Christ. Tankian recorded Orca in Linz, Austria last October with a symphony orchestra after a successful Kickstarter campaign helped fund the project.
Meanwhile, the 15 tracks on the mostly instrumental Jazz-iz Christ features Tankian performing alongside guests like renowned pianist Tigran Hamasyan, flautist Valeri Tolstov, trumpet player Tom Duprey, former Police drummer Stewart Copeland and actor/musician Davis Alpay.
Tankian said a while back that some fans might not enjoy his other kinds of music: "You know, it's all about opinions. It's music, it's based on taste and, you know, everyone likes a certain thing and there are certain people that will gravitate toward a certain type of music and others that will gravitate to another. And there's no telling what people may or may not like, to be honest. You make the record that you believe in, the expression that you want to say, and whoever feels that way will gravitate toward it. It's really that simple."
Both albums will be available worldwide on iTunes, Amazon and other digital distributors. Various limited deluxe physical editions will be sold through Tankian's official website and the Serjical Strike website.
Pre-orders for the deluxe limited editions of Orca, which include a 180-gram picture disc, a signed version of the actual score and other items, will begin on May 1st, while pre-orders for Jazz-iz Christ will start on May 15th.
Following a concert in Los Angeles on July 29th, System Of A Down will tour Europe throughout the month of August.
After that, Tankian will launch a series of solo orchestral tour dates on September 19th in Kiev, Ukraine, with performances scheduled for Moscow, St. Petersburg and other cities in Russia, along with stops in Rome, Florence and Padova, Italy.
System Of A Down still does not have any plans to record in the near future.