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

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