With bands like Tool putting out a new album and Rage Against The Machine reuniting to tour once again, eyes and ears have been on System Of A Down as fans hoped their would new new music from the quartet. The wait it over but, as expected, the music has a message.
For their first new music in 15 years, SOAD have released to new songs to raise awareness of and funds for the people of Akrtsakh and Armenia following attacks by Azerbaijan and Turkey. Protect The Land and Genocidal Humanoidz are available now with the band earmarking the royalties for the Armenia Fund.
When asked why the band finally decided to reunite, guitarist Daron Malakian says “I texted (the other members of the band), ‘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.‘”
When the band found themselves in the studio, following a long hiatus, basist Shavo Odadjian added “”It was such a pleasure for us to be together in the studio again, very comforting and natural, like no time had passed at all.’”