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

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