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

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