Serj Tankian, frontman of nÜ-metal band System of a Down, takes a hard-left turn into avant-global electro-funk with this Arto TunÇboyaciyan collaboration.

Serj Tankian, frontman of nü-metal band System of a Down, takes a hard-left turn into avant-global electro-funk with this Arto Tunçboyaciyan collaboration. Tunçboyaciyan is a Turkish-born musician who has played with Night Ark, Al DiMeola, and new-age pioneer Paul Winter. He sings in an imaginary supralingua dialect and is as likely to beat on your trash can as play the many exotic Middle Eastern stringed and percussion instruments he has at his command. Tankian places those sounds in a fractured mix of electronica jungle grooves, eclectic samples, metal guitar stabs, and shattered rhythm structures. Across this often blasted landscape, Tunçboyaciyan calls out in poignant yearning ("Love Is the Peace") and shouts lunatic rants ("Cinema"). The political polemics of System of a Down remain, but Tankian casts them in a joyfully chaotic mosaic that's given visual reign in a psychedelic,

14-minute bonus DVD.—JD

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