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