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System of a Down Release First New Music in 15 Years

System of a Down Release First New Music in 15 Years
(Photo: Clemente Ruiz / Press)

System of a Down dropped two new songs last week marking almost 15 years since the band had released new music (the last album released was Hypnotize in 2005, and the most recent single was “Lonely Day” in 2006)

The two new songs “Protect The Land” and “Genocidal Humanoidz” were produced and written by SOAD guitarist, Daron Malakian, with both songs addressing the ongoing violent conflict in the band’s ancestral homes of Artsakh and Armenia.

The band released a statement on their website explaining the reason behind the new music:

“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.”

You can buy/stream the new songs on SOAD’s Bandcamp page for a $2 donation. The proceeds from the Bandcamp royalties along with the band’s proceeds from the new merch collection & vinyl sales will be donated to the Armenia Fund.

Watch the video below for “Protect the Land” – and you can hear “Genocidal Humanoidz” now on 93X.