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

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