The clip for “How Many Times?” was directed by Roger Kupelian, who is known for his visual effects work on The Lord of the Rings and X-Men. Kupelianalso previously worked with Tankian on the clips for “Honking Antelope” and “Reconstructive Demonstrations”.
“It’s amazing to be working with my good friend Roger Kupelian again whose images of the two kings (The Argonath) in The Lord of the Rings are stamps in New Zealand,” Tankian said in a statement. “He also directed ‘Honking Antelope’ and ‘Reconstructive Demonstrations’ for us years ago. Excited to share this video.”
This time around, Kupelian crafts a post-apocalyptic scene with remaining life trying to survive in a world overtaken by dark, unruly figures. The vibe of the video matches the song’s dim lyrics, “How many times must we die/ And how many times must we live / Why must the truth be denied/ When will the truth be revealed.”
Tankian’s Elasticity EP features five songs originally intended for System of a Down. When asked by Heavy Consequence if he felt regret about not recording the songs with System of a Down or satisfaction in being able to release them as solo tracks, he responded, “A little bit of both. I definitely thought that some of these songs would have worked out for System, and the guys in System liked them and we even worked on some of them in the past.
He added, “This is a number of years ago. We just, theoretically and philosophically, we couldn’t see eye to eye on a way forward, mostly creatively.”
Check out our full interview with Serj Tankian here., and view the video for “How Many Times?” below.