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

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