Elect the Dead Symphony

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Elect the Dead Symphony
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Live album by Serj Tankian
Released March 9, 2010
Recorded March 16, 2009 at the Auckland Town Hall, Auckland, New Zealand
Genre Art rock, progressive rock,[1] classical[1]
Length 1:03:00 (DVD)
54:54 (CD)
Label Reprise/Warner Bros./Serjical Strike
Serj Tankian chronology
Lie Lie Live
Elect the Dead Symphony
Imperfect Harmonies
Singles from Elect the Dead Symphony
  1. "The Charade"
    Released: February 15, 2010
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Elect the Dead Symphony is the first live album by System of a Down frontman Serj Tankian. It is available in CD, CD/DVD, LP, and Digital Download formats. It features the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra at the Auckland Town Hall in Auckland, New Zealand. Orchestral arrangements were by John Psathas. Material for the performance is from Tankian's solo debut, Elect the Dead with some additional previously unreleased songs.[2][3]

The sole studio track is the first officially released studio recording of "Charades", with the revised title "The Charade". This song was known to have been considered for System of a Down's Hypnotize album and a rehearsal was recorded, a brief excerpt of which appears on the DVD side of that album's dualdisc edition. It was not included on the album, but a live version appeared on the Axis of Justice compilation the following year. The version on Elect the Dead Symphony is the first studio recording of the song to be released, and has also been released as a single. A live version of the song also appears on the album.

Elect the Dead Symphony was released on February 23, 2010 on iTunes and March 9, 2010 in all other formats.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Serj Tankian.

No. Title Length
1. "Feed Us" 7:29
2. "Blue" 3:15
3. "Sky Is Over" 3:09
4. "Lie Lie Lie" 3:58
5. "Money" 3:29
6. "Baby" 3:41
7. "Gate 21" 2:49
8. "The Charade" 4:30
9. "Honking Antelope" 3:49
10. "Saving Us" 4:55
11. "Elect the Dead" 3:08
12. "Falling Stars" 3:24
13. "Beethoven's Cunt" 3:29
14. "Empty Walls" 3:57
15. "The Charade" (studio version; DVD only during credits) 3:33

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2010) Peak
Austrian Albums Chart[4] 38
French Albums Chart[5] 118
German Albums Chart[6] 63
Greek Albums Chart[7] 5
New Zealand Albums Chart[8] 14
Swiss Albums Chart[9] 64


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