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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

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

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