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

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