Desperate times call for desperate measures.
After a 15 year hiatus – and inner turmoil that seemed like a reunion may never be possible – System Of A Down have returned to release new music in what might just be the most surprising event of 2020 thus far.
Inspired by the recent conflicts in Artsakh and Azerbaijan, the beloved US metal act have debuted two new tracks, ‘Genocidal Humanoidz’ and ‘Protect The Land’, with all proceeds from the two tracks going to the Armenia Fund to support the people of Artsakh and Armenia.
The band have also shared a video for ‘Protect The Land’, which you can watch below.
In a statement released today, System Of A Down – who have been prominent advocates in shedding light upon the Armenian Genocide since their first releases – described their reasoning behind releasing new music.
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.
There is an immediate need for global citizens to urge their respective governments to not only condemn the actions of the corrupt regime leaders of Azerbaijan and Turkey, 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. Most importantly and urgently, we humbly implore you to donate, in sums small or large to provide desperately needed aid and basic supplies for those adversely affected with what are ever growing accounts of crimes against humanity.
The music and lyrics speak for themselves. We need you to speak for Artsakh.
Daron, Shavo, John and Serj