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Last week System Of A Down released new music for the first time in 15 years. As shocked and excited as fans were, the primary focus of the release was to raise awareness of the conflict taking place in the band’s cultural homeland of Artsakh and Armenia. The band’s new singles, “Protect The Land” and “Genocidal Humanoidz,” reflect on the war and humanitarian crisis going on in Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh); a region of Azerbaijan with a majority Armenian population. SOAD gave fans the opportunity to purchase merchandise and a vinyl release of their latest singles with all the proceeds going to the Armenia Fund.
In a statement the band announced they were able to raise over $600K from the campaign:
“We are overwhelmed with gratitude for your incredible support of our campaign for the people of Artsakh, and for helping us raise over $600K so far in donations to provide for those in dire need via the Armenia Fund. Because of you, we will be able to help displaced civilians, young and old, who are affected by the hideous war crimes inflicted upon Artsakh by Azerbaijan and Turkey. Please take a few minutes to watch our full interview to get a more intimate look and understanding into why we came together to release “Protect The Land” and “Genocidal Humanoidz.”
As seen in the interview, System Of A Down clearly express their shared concern for the Armenians being affected by the war in Artsakh. However, the unity the band shares regarding these issues is in stark contrast to vocalist Serj Tankian’s and drummer John Dolmayan’s opposing U.S. political views; Dolmayan is an outspoken supporter for President Trump while Tankian is quite the opposite. Putting their political discourse aside and seeing the band come together on what they describe as a “moral issue,” is genuinely thrilling, and to do so through the lens of their art makes this opportunity even more special.
Both “Protect The Land” and “Genocidal Humanoidz” are class act SOAD tracks, and they provide further optimism that the band will return with a new full length album, and hopefully in the near future. And regardless if that happens or not, it’s certainly a huge step forward for the band to be able to release some form of new music, albeit their first in 15 years. But with that in mind, a lot has changed for the band in the last few months, so really there’s no telling what the future holds.
Back in August, SOAD bassist, Shavo Odadjian, spoke with Forbes and expressed his drive and readiness to do more with the band:
“I still have an artillery of riffs waiting for when System does come back and says “it’s time.” But I don’t know I’m just hoping, I’m always optimistic about everything. Having said that, I can’t wait for North Kingsley (Shavo’s new project) to go live, it will happen, guaranteed. And just because System is up in the air, we’re still always playing live shows a few times a year. I’d like it to be more, of course, I’d like it to be a few months a year every year, that would be amazing, but beggars can’t be choosers.”