The Deal: System of a Down frontman releases solo debut.
The Good: If you're a fan of System of a Down, you'll be happy with their latest release – I mean, the debut of singer Serj Tankian. From the opening track and first single, "Empty Walls," to the last song/title track, the album plays a lot like a SOAD record; interesting considering Tankian did most of the instrumentation on the 12 tracks. Any of these songs could play on a System album and fit right in – political, heavy, melodic. Tankian's unique singing style is present in full force throughout the album.
The Bad: Sure, the screaming of SOAD guitarist Daron Malakian isn't present, but there are other background vocalists that make up a bit of the difference. If SOAD's extended hiatus lasts for years to come, this is a good snack to hold you over in the meantime.
The Verdict: Hey, Gwen and Fergie, stop trying to teach teens to spell. If you're gonna leave a hit band for a solo career, this is how you do it!