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

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