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

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