System of a Down Hosting Live Stream Fundraising Event on YouTube 1/30, Benefiting Injured Armenian Soldiers


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This Saturday, Jan. 30, System of a Down will host a special live stream event on the band’s official YouTube channel.

The stream will feature the premiere of a music video for “Genocidal Humanoidz,” one of the two new songs the group debuted in early November — the first new music from the Los Angeles-based hard rock/metal/experimental band in 15 years.

Both “Genocidal Humanoidz” and “Protect the Land” were inspired by the conflict that arose in September between Azerbaijan and Armenia, with the band members coming together despite significant differences over the years in order to work on the new material.

A longer version of the message was shared on System of a Down’s Facebook page:

In the tragic aftermath of the most egregious violence to affect the area since 1994, soldiers for the Defense Army of Artsakh and Armenia (many of them volunteers) suffered war crimes at the hands of the invaders – Azerbaijan abetted by Turkey and their Syrian mercenaries. Even after the ceasefire signed on November 10, 2020, those heroes wounded in the recent conflict remain in dire need of prosthetics, advanced treatment, and medical care. We are hosting a fundraising livestream event in order to raise money to rehabilitate and outfit the hundreds soldiers who have lost arms and legs with life-changing prosthetic limbs. The funding will also benefit the introduction of groundbreaking laser therapy for the treatment of white phosphorous chemical burns and the reduction of scarring and agonizing pain. All proceeds from the livestream will be donated to this cause.

We welcome you, along with our list of special guests, to join us this Saturday, January 30, at 9AM Pacific / 12PM Eastern to support our efforts – exclusively on our YouTube channel. The official video premiere for “Genocidal Humanoidz” will immediately follow the live event. Subscribe to our channel now at YouTube.com/SystemOfADown to stay updated. We look forward to seeing you this weekend.

Here are those two new songs:

And a behind-the-scenes look:

Getting new music from System of a Down in 2020 was definitely not something many expected. The band has been embroiled in inner turmoil for years, creative disputes and political differences preventing much in terms of new activity outside of occasional concerts.

Dolmayan (who differs politically from the rest of the band as far as American politics are concerned) told Rock Cellar in late March that “it’s really stupid that we haven’t made an album” in 15 years, addressing the issue directly, but they clearly felt motivated enough to bury the hatchet, so to speak, and release new music for a cause they can all agree about.

The band’s full statement, as featured on the Bandcamp page:

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.

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.


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