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

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