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Serj Tankian

System of a Down founder Serj Tankian was born on August 21, 1967, in Beirut, Lebanon. He and his family immigrated to Los Angeles in 1975. He studied marketing at California State University and started his own software company before beginning his music career with the formation of System of a Down in 1995. In 1998, System of a Down signed on to Rick Rubin's American imprint, and over the following seven years released five well-received albums, the second of which, Toxicity, thrust them into the forefront of the metal community, garnered a Grammy nomination, and sold millions of copies. Tankian utilized his success to influence the political world he often commented on lyrically by co-founding a nonprofit organization called Axis of Justice with Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello. He remained active with System of a Down throughout the mid-2000s and also released a book of poetry, titled Cool Gardens, before SOAD chose, in May 2006, to go on hiatus of an undetermined length. Tankian made use of this sabbatical to record his first solo album, Elect the Dead, which was released in fall 2007. Three years later, Tankian teamed up with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra to release Elect the Dead Symphony, featuring songs from his solo debut backed by a live orchestra. Tankian's second solo album, Imperfect Harmonies, continued in the orchestral footsteps of his symphonically re-imagined debut. His third album, the more rock-oriented Harakiri, arrived in 2012. ~ Gregory McIntosh
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Serj Tankian

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Albums by
Serj Tankian

Top Songs by
Serj Tankian

  1.   Song
  2.   Empty Walls
  3.   Figure It Out
  4.   Cornucopia
  5.   Uneducated Democracy
  6.   Harakiri
  7.   Sky Is Over
  8.   Left of Center
  9.   The Unthinking Majority
  10.   Gate 21
  11.   Beethoven's C***
  12.   Bird of Paradise (Gone)
  13.   Invisible Love - Deserving?
  14.   Peace Be Revenged
  15.   Lie Lie Lie
  16.   Baby
  17.   Act IV - Lamentation of the Beached
  18.   Reality TV
  19.   Godd*** Trigger
  20.   Borders Are...
  21.   Beethoven's C**t
  22.   The Reverend King
  23.   Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition
  24.   Money
  25.   Feed Us
  26.   Saving Us
  27.   Elect the Dead
  28.   Honking Antelope
  29.   Aurora's Dream
  30.   Artsakh
  31.   Act III - Delphinus Capensis
  32.   Tyrant's Gratitude
  33.   Revolver
  34.   Occupied Tears
  35.   Butterfly
  36.   Ching Chime
  37.   Total Paranoia
  38.   Reconstructive Demonstrations
  39.   Electron
  40.   Beatus
  41.   The Charade
  42.   Falling Stars
  43.   Blue
  44.   Deserving?
  45.   Act II - Oceanic Subterfuge
  46.   Act I - Victorious Orcinus
  47.   Weave On
  48.   Forget Me Knot
  49.   Deafening Silence
  50.   Goodbye - Gate 21
  51.   Yes, It's Genocide
  52.   Disowned Inc.
  53.   Wings of Summer

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