Armenian-American rockers System Of A Down have given us their first new music in 15 years with a pair songs, "Genocidal Humanoidz" and "Protect The Land."
The band's last full album release was in 2005, when they offered up two LPs, Mesmerize and later Hypnotize.
In a statement on social media, the band had this to say about the two new songs, and their reason for dropping them now: "Both speak of a dire and serious war being perpetrated upon our cultural homelands of Artsakh and Armenia."
"We as System Of A Down have just released new music for the first time in 15 years. The time to do this is now, as together, the four of us have something extremely important to say as a unified voice. These two songs, “Protect The Land” and “Genocidal Humanoidz,” both speak of a dire and serious war being perpetrated upon our cultural homelands of Artsakh and Armenia."
"The current corrupt regimes of Aliyev in Azerbaijan and Erdogan in Turkey not only want to claim Artsakh and Armenia as their own, but are committing genocidal acts with impunity on humanity and wildlife to achieve their mission. They are banking on the world being too distracted with COVID, elections and civil unrest to call out their atrocities. They have the bankroll, the resources and have recruited massive public relations firms to spin the truth and conceal their barbaric objective of genocide. Between these two dictatorships, there’s a lot of disinformation and silencing of voices within their own countries. Freedom of speech is not something that is enjoyed by everyone, but it is enjoyed here, so part of that responsibility is getting the truth out there whenever possible. We’re here to protect our land, to protect our culture, and to protect our nation. This is not the time to turn a blind eye."
"As SOAD, this has been an incredible occasion to put everything aside and speak out for our nation, as one, as four Armenian guys. “Protect The Land” and “Genocidal Humanoidz” are now available for purchase on our official Bandcamp page, where band proceeds go toward the @ArmeniaFund. The funds from Bandcamp + pre-orders of our new merch collection will be used to provide crucial, desperately needed aid and basic supplies for those affected by these hideous acts. Please consider the opportunity to download these songs as an act of charity irrespective of how you choose to listen to them today, tomorrow and for years to come."
"The music and lyrics speak for themselves. We need you to speak for Artsakh."
SOAD encourage fans to educate themselves and help give to the cause. You can do so and learn more here.
There have reportedly been disagreements about releasing new music in the years since the band's last pair of albums, and earlier this year the band made news as members Serj Tankian and John Dolmayan traded positions publicly on politics.
Much of the band, and frontman Tankian's art has been dedicated to spreading awareness about the issue of the plight of Armenians.
“All four of my grandparents were survivors of the genocide. My maternal grandfather ended up in an American orphanage in Greece. He had lost his vision from hunger at one point, was separated from his family, and saw his father and brother killed,” Serj previously wrote in a TIME article.
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