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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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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.   The Unthinking Majority
  9.   Left of Center
  10.   Lie Lie Lie
  11.   The Charade
  12.   Honking Antelope
  13.   Deserving?
  14.   Weave On
  15.   Bird of Paradise (Gone)
  16.   Reality TV
  17.   Butterfly
  18.   Total Paranoia
  19.   Goodbye - Gate 21
  20.   Beatus
  21.   Elect the Dead
  22.   Baby
  23.   Aurora's Dream
  24.   Act III - Delphinus Capensis
  25.   Act II - Oceanic Subterfuge
  26.   Forget Me Knot
  27.   Occupied Tears
  28.   Invisible Love - Deserving?
  29.   Godd*** Trigger
  30.   Wings of Summer
  31.   Reconstructive Demonstrations
  32.   Electron
  33.   Gate 21
  34.   The Reverend King
  35.   Falling Stars
  36.   Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition
  37.   Feed Us
  38.   Saving Us
  39.   Money
  40.   Artsakh
  41.   Act I - Victorious Orcinus
  42.   Tyrant's Gratitude
  43.   Deafening Silence
  44.   Ching Chime
  45.   Disowned Inc.
  46.   Blue
  47.   Beethoven's C***
  48.   Act IV - Lamentation of the Beached
  49.   Peace Be Revenged
  50.   Borders Are...
  51.   Yes, It's Genocide
  52.   Beethoven's C**t
  53.   Revolver
  54.   Starlit Eyes
  55.   Charades
  56.   Piano Improvisation
  57.   Charades
  58.   Speak on It
  59.   Piano Improvisation
  60.   Bug Theme
  61.   End Credits
  62.   Gratefully Disappeared
  63.   Beethoven's Cunt
  64.   The Unthinking Majority [Album
  65.   Symphony No. 1 'Orca'~Act 1 Victorius Orcinus
  66.   Symphony No. 1 'Orca'~Act 2 Oceanic Subterfuge
  67.   Symphony No. 1 'Orca'~Act 3 Delphinus Capensis
  68.   Symphony No. 1 'Orca'~Act 4 Lamentation of the Beached

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