Evan Serpick
May 15, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Serart

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Serj Tankian, Arto Tunboyaciyan
Producers
Serjical Strike

We gave it an A-

Any fan of System of a Down would know to expect more than metal musings from Serart, a collaboration between frontman Serj Tankian and Armenian multi-instrumentalist Arto Tuncboyaciyan, who cameoed on System’s ”Toxicity.” Magically, the duo makes tribal beats, chants, electronic noodling, strings, erratic vocals — and, um, a kajillion other experimental sounds — as propulsive and enchanting as the band’s best work. ”Serart” runs on pure energy and vivid imagination, at turns evoking sanctity, insanity, and delicate beauty.

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