Released July 10 by Reprise Records, the deluxe 13-track edition of the former System of a Down musician's album includes two songs Tankian co-authored with Tony Award-winning Spring Awakening lyricist-book writer Steven Sater.
Sater said the rock urgency of the songs, which drive the politically charged musical Prometheus Bound, felt particularly timely during a U.S. presidential election year. The songs include "Weave On" (originally sung by Gavin Creel at A.R.T.) and "Tyrant's Gratitude," included as a bonus track on "Harakiri."
The creative team, including Tony Award-nominated Porgy and Bess and Hair director Diane Paulus, are hoping to regroup in the near future to continue to develop Prometheus Bound for a future production.
"The songs are very of the moment. Each performance essentially turned into an activist event," Sater told Playbill.com. "It was a truly immersive production. There are a lot of elements we are discussing and rethinking in terms of the future of the show."
Click here to listen to "Tyrant's Gratitude."
Click here to listen to "Weave On." Two-time Tony Award nominee Gavin Creel ( Hair, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Book of Mormon) starred in the title role of the political musical about tyranny and human rights, which was staged by Paulus in late winter 2011. Sater, the Tony Award-winning librettist and lyricist of Spring Awakening, adapted the Aeschylus play; the production has music by System of a Down band member Tankian.
Here's how the original production was characterized: "An outcry against tyranny, the new rock musical Prometheus Bound illustrates one man's struggle against the brute force of a ruthless dictator… This new musical is inspired by Aeschylus's ancient Greek tragedy about the suffering of Western civilization's first prisoner of conscience."