Video: Serj Tankian – ‘Figure It Out’

While Armenian-American metal guru Serj Tankian has always been quick to spit in the face big business and corrupt government, his 2010 album Imperfect Harmonies followed a distinctly less hard rock / metal approach than what fans of the System of a Down frontman have become accustomed to, offering a more prog, symphonic-based sound.

The new video for “Figure It Out” however, has proven to be a hyperactive romp that simply, yet wholeheartedly, flashes a middle finger to executives and corporations the world-over. The song, which will feature on the upcoming album Harakiri, is more reminiscent of Tankian’s work on 2007′s Elect The Dead and System of a Down’s later albums Mezmerize and Hypnotize.

Fans hoping for a thoroughly rock-orientated record shouldn’t hold their breaths though, as Tankian seems keen to tackle a number of different styles in this latest effort, stating:

“It’s exciting to work on different styles of music because they allow me to express myself in such different ways. The way I can project a certain kind of vulnerability – an almost sadness – in a small section of a symphonic piece is something that I could never do on a rock record.”

Harakiri is presently available for pre-order on the singer’s official website, and $2 from the sale of each pre-order will be donated to a non-profit organization to fight global hunger. “Figure It Out” is available digitally at services including iTunesAmazon and Spotify, and for fans that can’t stand watching parodies of businessmen prancing around with bottles of champagne, a lyric video is also available on YouTube.

Serj and the rest of his bandmates in System of a Down will also be performing a handful of US dates in August:

08/02   Philadelphia, PA – Susquehanna Bank Center

08/04   Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center

08/05   Wantagh, NY – Nikon at Jones Beach Theater

08/07   Washington, DC – Verizon Center Arena

08/09   Boston, MA – Comcast Center

08/11   Montreal, QC – Heavy Metal Festival Parterre @ Parc Jean Drapeau

08/12   Toronto, ON – Heavy Metal Festival Downsview Park

08/14   Detroit, MI -  DTE Energy Amphitheater

08/15   Chicago, IL – Allstate Arena

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Josh is an English student currently studying English Literature with Creative Writing at University. When he's not wasting time on his Super Nintendo, you'll find him listening to classic rock and metal and reading graphic novels. He hopes his work at The Silver Tongue will help him get his writing out to the public and professional world.