Watch System of a Down’s ‘Genocidal Humanoidz’ Video, Premiered During a Live Stream Fundraiser for Armenian Soldiers

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This past weekend, System of a Down hosted a special live stream fundraising event on its YouTube channel. Geared around raising money to support wounded Armenian soldiers injured in the recent conflicts:

The live stream event also included the premiere of a music video for “Genocidal Humanoidz,” one of two new songs System of a Down premiered in early November — the first new music from the Los Angeles-based hard rock/metal/experimental band in 15 years.

Directed by bassist Shavo Odadjian and Adam Mason, the video blends performance footage from the band and animated sequences. Watch it below:

The live stream event is also preserved at the System of a Down YouTube channel for repeat viewing, as well:

The other new song from System of a Down, “Protect the Land,” also received a video when it was first premiered:

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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