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System Of A Down Return With Two New Songs Protect The Land And Genocidal Humanoidz

Friday, 06 November 2020 Written by Jon Stickler

Photo: Clemente Ruiz

System of a Down are back with their first new music in 15 years.

Protect The Land and Genocidal Humanoidz have dropped via the Grammy-winning alt-metal group's Bandcamp page, marking their first new songs since 'Mezmerize' and 'Hypnotize' — their fourth and fifth studio LPs — which both arrived in 2005.

Both are guitar-driven, politically charged dynamic rock offerings, with the former coming paired with a video directed by filmmaker Ara Soudjian and bassist Shavo Odadjian, while the latter is an audio stream. Press play below.

Produced by guitarist Daron Malakian, who also wrote the lyrics, both songs draw attention to the current conflict in Artsakh that is affecting a largely Armenian community. Proceeds from orders will go to the Armenia Fund. In a statement issued to Bandcamp, they said:

"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."

"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 recognising Artsakh."

System of A Down will headline the UK's Download festival in June 2021. They've also rescheduled their two-night run in Los Angeles with Korn, Faith No More, Hemet, and Russian Circles.

System Of A Down Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows

Fri May 21 2021 - LOS ANGELES California - Banc of California Stadium (USA)
Sat May 22 2021 - LOS ANGELES California - Banc of California Stadium (USA)
Sun June 06 2021 - DERBY Donington Park (United Kingdom)

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