Background: It’s been 15 years… SYSTEM OF A DOWN have finally released new music! Two new singles arrived by the name of “Protect The Land” & “Genocidal Humanoidz”. The band appears to have put aside personal differences to release music in unified support of their homelands, Artsakh and Armenia, which are currently under threat due to moves from Azerbaijan, Turkey and ISIS. You can read the full statement from the band in regards to this below because it’s important. All proceeds from these songs are going towards the ArmeniaFund – you can purchase them on Bandcamp.
These Singles Sound Like: An unexpected yet happy return from one of the most influential heavy bands in recent decades. They give two opposite extremes of the band’s iconic sound – “Genocidal Humanoidz” being more hectic and “Protect The Land” being more melodic. More than that, these are songs with meaning that really pack a punch where it most counts.
Positives: True to form, System of a Down are back. All four members have combined their talents to bring about much of what we’ve come to know and love from this band. The songs are good and the sound translates well. I’m also always a fan of good music for a good cause so kudos to these legends for that!
Negatives: The songs are good but… after 15 years I wasn’t necessarily blown away. “Protect The Land” in particular sounded a bit tired. However, I’m not under the impression that these songs have been in the making for awhile, rather put together quite recently for this exact cause. So good on ’em. Looking forward to the possibility of more!
In The End… It’s awesome that this happened and I hope it raises much needed awareness to the cause. For that reason, it doesn’t seem appropriate to give these tracks a usual numerical rating. That being the case, the new SOAD singles get a big ARMENIA out of 10. Oh, and as the top review on Bandcamp says, “Fuck Aliyev, Fuck Erdoğan.”
Statement From The Band: 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.
We’re proud to share these songs with you and hope you enjoy listening to them. Further, we encourage you to read on to learn more about their origins and once you do, hope you are inspired to speak out about the horrific injustices and human rights violations occurring there now. Most importantly and urgently, we humbly implore you to donate, in sums small or large to help those adversely affected with what are ever growing accounts of crimes against humanity.
In turn, you will receive downloads of these two new songs and the feeling that you’re truly making a difference. These funds will be used to provide crucial and desperately needed aid and basic supplies for those affected by these hideous acts.
On September 27, the combined forces of Azerbaijan and Turkey (along with Isis terrorists from Syria) attacked the Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh, which we as Armenians call Artsakh. For over the past month, civilians young and old have been awakened day and night by the frightful sights and sounds of rocket attacks, falling bombs, missiles, drones and terrorist attacks. They’ve had to find sanctuary in makeshift shelters, trying to avoid the fallout of outlawed cluster bombs raining down on their streets and homes, hospitals and places of worship. Their attackers have set their forests and endangered wildlife ablaze using white phosphorus, another banned weapon.
Because over 30 years ago in 1988, the Armenians of Nagorno-Karabakh (which at the time was an Autonomous Oblast within the USSR), were tired of being treated as second class citizens and decided to declare their rightful independence from the Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic whose borders engulfed their own. This ultimately led to a war of self determination by Armenians in Karabakh against Azerbaijan that ended in a cease fire in 1994, with Armenians retaining control of their ancestral homelands and maintaining their independence to the present day. Our people have lived there for millennia, and for most families there, it’s the only home they and their forefathers and mothers have ever known. They just want to live in peace as they have for centuries.
The current corrupt regimes of Aliyev in Azerbaijan and Erdogan in Turkey now want to not only claim these lands 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. This is not the time to turn a blind eye.
There is an immediate need for global citizens to urge their respective governments to not only condemn the actions of these crooked dictators, but to also insist world leaders act with urgency to bring peace to the region and rightfully recognize Artsakh as the independent nation it is.
We realize that for many of you, there are more convenient ways you like listening to music, so please consider the opportunity to download these songs as an act of charity above all else. Think of the list price for the downloads as a minimum donation, and if you have the ability and can be more generous with your donation, every single member of System Of A Down will be even more grateful for your benevolence. Band royalties from this initiative will be donated to Armenia Fund, a US based charity organization instrumental in providing those in need in Artsakh and Armenia with supplies needed for their basic survival.
The music and lyrics speak for themselves. We need you to speak for Artsakh.
Daron, Shavo, John and Serj