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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.   The Unthinking Majority
  9.   Left of Center
  10.   Lie Lie Lie
  11.   The Charade
  12.   Forget Me Knot
  13.   Honking Antelope
  14.   Act IV - Lamentation of the Beached
  15.   Ching Chime
  16.   Baby
  17.   Saving Us
  18.   Feed Us
  19.   Elect the Dead
  20.   Revolver
  21.   Deafening Silence
  22.   Wings of Summer
  23.   Borders Are...
  24.   Bird of Paradise (Gone)
  25.   Tyrant's Gratitude
  26.   Weave On
  27.   Butterfly
  28.   Goodbye - Gate 21
  29.   Reconstructive Demonstrations
  30.   Deserving?
  31.   Gate 21
  32.   Money
  33.   Act III - Delphinus Capensis
  34.   Occupied Tears
  35.   Yes, It's Genocide
  36.   Peace Be Revenged
  37.   Electron
  38.   Beethoven's C**t
  39.   Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition
  40.   Beethoven's C***
  41.   Act II - Oceanic Subterfuge
  42.   Act I - Victorious Orcinus
  43.   Reality TV
  44.   Total Paranoia
  45.   Invisible Love - Deserving?
  46.   Beatus
  47.   The Reverend King
  48.   Falling Stars
  49.   Blue
  50.   Godd*** Trigger
  51.   Disowned Inc.
  52.   Starlit Eyes
  53.   Charades
  54.   Piano Improvisation
  55.   Charades
  56.   Speak on It
  57.   Piano Improvisation
  58.   Bug Theme
  59.   End Credits
  60.   Gratefully Disappeared
  61.   Beethoven's Cunt
  62.   The Unthinking Majority [Album
  63.   Symphony No. 1 'Orca'~Act 1 Victorius Orcinus
  64.   Symphony No. 1 'Orca'~Act 2 Oceanic Subterfuge
  65.   Symphony No. 1 'Orca'~Act 3 Delphinus Capensis
  66.   Symphony No. 1 'Orca'~Act 4 Lamentation of the Beached
  67.   Artsakh
  68.   Aurora's Dream

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