Serj Tankian

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Serj Tankian (Western Armenian: Սերժ Թանկեան, pronounced [ˈsɛɾʒ tʰɑnˈkjɑn]; born August 21, 1967) is a Lebanese-born Armenian-American singer-songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, poet, and political activist. He is best known as the lead vocalist, songwriter, keyboardist, and occasional live rhythm guitarist of the rock band System of a Down, formed in 1994 by four Armenian-American friends.

During his musical career, Tankian has released five albums with System of a Down, one with Arto Tunçboyacıyan (Serart), as well as the five solo albums Elect the Dead, Imperfect Harmonies, Harakiri, Orca, and Jazz-Iz-Christ. A live orchestral version of Elect the Dead incorporating the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra named Elect the Dead Symphony was released. In 2002, Tankian and Rage Against the Machine/Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello co-founded a non-profit political activist organization, Axis of Justice. Tankian also founded the music label Serjical Strike Records, and is represented by Velvet Hammer Music and Management Group under System of a Down. On August 12, 2011, Tankian was awarded the Armenian Prime Minister's Medal for his contributions to the recognition of the Armenian Genocide and the advancement of music. He is widely considered and ranked as one of the greatest vocalists in metal history, with praise given to his unusual delivery and his wide vocal range. Serj Tankian is currently listed as one of the Top 100 Heavy Metal Vocalists by Hit Parader, ranked at #26. A study conducted by VVN Music found Tankian to possess a moderately-high and diverse vocal range, not only in metal, but in all of popular music, with a range of 4.2 octaves. This range is comparable to Elvis Presley, Anthony Kiedis, and Steven Tyler (range of 4 octaves and 1 note).

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2007 Elect the Dead Serj Tankian 5 11
2010 Imperfect Harmonies Serj Tankian 3
2012 Harakiri Serj Tankian 3
2012 ORCA Serj Tankian 1
2013 Jazz-Iz-Christ Serj Tankian 2

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2010 Elect the Dead Symphony Serj Tankian 2 2
2013 Orca: Symphony No. 1 Serj Tankian 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2016 1915 Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Serj Tankian 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2007 Empty Walls Serj Tankian 5
2008 Sky Is Over Serj Tankian 3
2008 Bird’s Eye Marc Streitenfeld, Mike Patton & Serj Tankian 2
2009 Fears Serj Tankian 1
2010 The Charade Serj Tankian 2
2010 Left of Center Serj Tankian 1
2012 Figure It Out Serj Tankian 1
2012 Cornucopia Serj Tankian 1
2013 We Are Ray Harmony featuring Serj Tankian, Ihsahn, Devin Townsend, Abbie Johnson 2
2014 Shooting Helicopters Benny Benassi feat. Serj Tankian 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2008 Lie Lie Live Serj Tankian 1
2011 Imperfect Remixes Serj Tankian 1

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