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System of a Down Release First New Music in 15 Years

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Back in 2019, System Of A Down guitarist Daron Malakian says it’s “not likely” that a new album from the band will happen anytime soon. It would seem that the current conflict between Artsakh and Azerbaijan has changed that. For the first time in over 15 years, System of a Down have released two new songs.

“Protect The Land” and “Genocidal Humanoidz” are the first new music the band has released since 2005’s Hypnotize.

Speaking about the band’s new music bassist Shavo Odadjian said, “I wanted to show the unification of our people around the world for one common cause, illustrating the power in numbers. So we brought together people from all ages and professions who believe in and are fighting for that same cause.”

The band’s drummer shared that sentiment talking about how all of this came together. “I texted, ’No matter how we feel about each other, no matter what issues linger from the past, we need to put them aside because this is bigger than System Of A Down and bigger than all of us. We need to do something to support our people’.” says John Dolmayan

Serj Tankian has been a vocal advocate on social media often posting about the atrocities happening in the region.

“The aggression and injustice being perpetrated against the Armenian people in Artsakh and Armenia by Azerbaijan and Turkey is a human rights violation and a war crime. All of us in System realise this is an existential battle for our people, so this is very personal for us. What we need right now is for the world to put politics aside and support Armenia by sanctioning Turkey and Azerbaijan and recognizing Artsakh.” says Tankian

You can watch video below which includes footage of the protests and fighting in Artsakh.

All proceeds from the tracks will go to the Armenia Fund.