Published Nov 11, 2020Out of nowhere, System of a Down reunited last week to release their first new music in 15 years. Now, the band are thanking fans for the huge outpouring of support, which has led to more than $600,000 USD in donation to the the Armenia Fund.
As great as it was for System of a Down to return with "Protect the Land" and "Genocidal Humanoidz," the reunion came due to the violent conflict in the band members' homeland, as a "serious war [is] being perpetrated upon our cultural homelands of Artsakh and Armenia."
As such, the two songs — the first to arrive since their 2015 albums Hypnotize and Mezmerize — came from a very charitable place, and System of a Down encouraged fans to donate to the Armenia Fund, which provides humanitarian relief to the region.
In a big thank-you to fans today, System of a Down issued a video message to fans, saying:
We are overwhelmed with gratitude for your incredible support of our campaign for the people of Artsakh, and for helping us raise over $600k in donations to provide for those in dire need via the Armenia Fund. Because of you, we will be able to help displaced civilians, young and old, who are affected by the hideous war crimes inflicted upon Artsakh by Azerbaijan and Turkey.
Please take a few minutes to watch our full interview to get a more intimate look and understanding into why we came together to release "Protect the Land" and "Genocidal Humanoidz." To the four of us, it's extremely important to share these truths with you.
It is for our ancestors, our culture, and our nation. Help us spread the message.
You can watch the interview in full below, as well as donate to the Armenia Fund here.