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

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