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

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