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Listen: System Of A Down release new songs in support of Armenia [album]

System of a Down released new tracks for the first time in 15 years, to assist the Aid For Artsakh Campaign and the Armenian cause.

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Iconic alternative metal legends System of a Down have come together for the first time in 15 years. The band has decided to put their personal differences aside and unite to bring awareness to the conflict in Armenia.

System of a Down (SOAD) guitarist Daron Malakian wrote and produced the tracks for the band whose members are all of Armenian descent.

“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”.

System of a Down statement

New SOAD songs for Armenia

The tracks are aimed at raising awareness and funds to combat “a dire and serious war being perpetrated upon [their] cultural homelands”. On the project itself, Malakian has been happy with how the tracks and campaign have come together.

“It’s one thing to come up with an idea; but to see it come alive as happened with this video, has been just incredible”.

The band have put their responsibility to do what they can for those suffering from the Armenian conflict ahead of their own personal political differences.

SOAD conflict

Serj Tankian and drummer John Dolmayan have quite publically disagreed on American politics of late. Dolmayan, who is also Tankian’s brother-in-law, is an outspoken supporter of Donald Trump. Tankian said:

“When it comes to Armenian issues, we’re on the same exact page. We know what injustice is happening; we work together. We’re doing different auction activities and working together on many fronts. The Armenian nation is united, whether you voted for Republican, Democrat or neither.”

The band produced a video for the track Protect the Land which shows footage of the conflict in Artsakh. Odadjian explained that he “wanted to show the unification of our people around the world for one common cause”.

He wants to illustrate “the power in numbers”. Therefore, the group decided to bring together “people from all ages and professions who believe in and are fighting for that same cause”.

Conflict in Armenia a ‘bigger issue’

How will die-hard SOAD fans who are desperate for new music receive the tracks? That remains to be seen.

Regardless, it’s clear that the band is willing to do whatever it takes to help their fellow Armenians during this dark period in their history.

SOAD drummer John Dolmayan also revealed how the band got back together to record the songs:

“I texted:’ 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’”.

Fans can buy the album for $2 on SOAD’s official website. Moreover, proceeds from sales of the track on the band’s Bandcamp page will all go directly to assisting the Aid For Artsakh Campaign.

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Serj Tankian, the Armenian-American leader of the band System of a Down, gestures to the crowd gathered at Yerevan’s Republic Square on May 7, 2018. Photo: AFP/SERGEI GAPON

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