Thursday evening proved an evening with too much news frankly to bear. On top of the 2020 United States Election, Vladimir Putin rumored to be resigning, and Supernatural possibly making Destiel canon, nu-metal stalwarts System of a Down released new music for the first time in fifteen years.
The group hasn’t released music since 2005’s Hypnotize, as creative and personality differences ultimately drove the group’s members apart. The two new tracks they dropped last night, “Protect the Land” and “Genocidal Humanoidz,” were released to raise money for the Armenia Fund, which will benefit those in need in Artsakh and Armenia after fighting broke out between Armenia and Azerbaijan in late October.
“I texted [the guys], ‘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,” said Daron Malakian, who wrote and produced the songs. “We need to do something to support our people.”
The songs, “Protect The Land” and “Genocidal Humanoidz” sound like two different eras from System of a Down, with “Protect the Land” falling more in line with Hypnotize’s power-ballad tracks and “Genocidal Humanoidz” recalling the weirder side of System Of A Down.
The new tracks were a shock to users, who were mostly thrilled to hear from the group.
historians 100 years from now are going to look at tonight, 11/5/2020, & analyze the connection btwn destiel becoming canon, putin stepping down, that one racist twitter artist rping ted bundy, new system of a down dropping, & the Bolivian president being attacked with dynamite
— sol @ taco bell depression meal w/ the baja blast (@greatgalaktyka) November 6, 2020
After 15 years without any new music System of a Down released 2 brand new tracks before Yandere Simulator finished development https://t.co/d6km6J0FLx
— Things That Have Happened Before Yandere Simulator (@BeforeYandere) November 6, 2020
— Savanna (@SavannaIsAClown) November 6, 2020
NEW SYSTEM OF A DOWN WHAT– pic.twitter.com/bHhBVgqXBH
— ℭ. (@mybelovedghost) November 6, 2020
As of November 6th, System of a Down’s fundraiser has raised over $79,000.