System of a Down are back

2020-11-06 by Simon K. STAFF | 127 Comments
It has been 15 long years without any new SOAD material. The band have finally set their differences aside to speak out against the corrupt and genocidal regimes in Turkey. The band wrote out the following statement on their Facebook regarding the new music:

"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.

The current corrupt regimes of Aliyev in Azerbaijan and Erdogan in Turkey not only want to claim Artsakh and Armenia as their own, but are committing genocidal acts with impunity on humanity and wildlife to achieve their mission. They are banking on the world being too distracted with COVID, elections and civil unrest to call out their atrocities. They have the bankroll, the resources and have recruited massive public relations firms to spin the truth and conceal their barbaric objective of genocide. Between these two dictatorships, there’s a lot of disinformation and silencing of voices within their own countries. Freedom of speech is not something that is enjoyed by everyone, but it is enjoyed here, so part of that responsibility is getting the truth out there whenever possible. We’re here to protect our land, to protect our culture, and to protect our nation. This is not the time to turn a blind eye.

As SOAD, this has been an incredible occasion to put everything aside and speak out for our nation, as one, as four Armenian guys. “Protect The Land” and “Genocidal Humanoidz” are now available for purchase on our official Bandcamp page: SystemOfADown.bandcamp.com - where band proceeds go toward the ArmeniaFund. The funds from Bandcamp + pre-orders of our new merch collection will be used to provide crucial, desperately needed aid and basic supplies for those affected by these hideous acts. Please consider the opportunity to download these songs as an act of charity irrespective of how you choose to listen to them today, tomorrow and for years to come.

The music and lyrics speak for themselves. We need you to speak for Artsakh.
soad.lnk.to/PTLGH to download, pre-order, and donate now.
#RecognizeArtsakh #ArmeniaFund #ArtsakhStrong #ProtectTheLand #GenocidalHumanoidz"


The music can be heard below:







Purchase the music on their Bandcamp; all proceeds will go towards the ArmeniaFund, to provide aid and supplies for those affected by the acts.

https://systemofadown.bandcamp.com/

Tagged: System of a Down

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DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
November 6th 2020
16739 Comments


Songs are average as hell imo, but the cause is extremely just.

FearThyEvil
November 6th 2020
17370 Comments


Genocidal Humanoidz is pretty decent imo. Protect our Lands reminds me of Lonely Day which is not a good thing at all.

BlitzPhoenix98
November 6th 2020
132 Comments


I screamed.

farmerobama
November 6th 2020
284 Comments


Kinda sad that war against their country is the cause they are making music again

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Winesburgohio
Staff Reviewer
November 6th 2020
3050 Comments


oh hell yes

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kalkwiese
November 6th 2020
6559 Comments


Genocidal Humanoidz is fun.
But man, Protect The Land sucks

MrHahaHihi
November 6th 2020
10 Comments


Protec The Land 2,5/5
Genocidal Humanoidz 3/5
and yes, Erdogan is on big motherfucker

Allergist
November 6th 2020
1065 Comments


1st song is just another Scars On Broadway track with Serj on guest duties, but fuck thaf 2nd song is no doubt a legit old school SOAD song so that’s pretty shocking to hear in 2020.

kalkwiese
November 6th 2020
6559 Comments


[2]
I'm happy there is something new from these guys. But I feel like they shouldn't write another album if that means there will be more tracks like Protect The Land. Daron somehow becomes a more boring guitarist than modern Tom Morello

cloakanddagger
November 6th 2020
424 Comments


Kinda sad that war against their country is the cause they making music again [2]

Both songs are pretty enjoyable though.

Flugmorph
November 6th 2020
23640 Comments


bm soad
bm soad

kalkwiese
November 6th 2020
6559 Comments


[2]
I want Daron to scream or to shut the fuck up

dedex
Contributing Reviewer
November 6th 2020
6406 Comments


m/


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WhiteNoise
November 6th 2020
3727 Comments


Protect this land would sound so much better if they had toxicity era Serj unleashed. Like, in my head I can almost hear how it should sound but they just don’t quite hit it.

Still, who fucking cares THEY ARE BACK.

TheMoonchild
November 6th 2020
1276 Comments


Yeah, Protect The Land just feels like a Scars on Broadway track with Serj guest vocalling. Admirable message but it just doesn't do much for me.

Genocidal Humanoidz on the other hand is primo SOAD. Feels like a much heavier Innervision.

claygurnz
November 6th 2020
6250 Comments


Nice to have them back, the songs are pretty average but it's for a very worthy cause.

Josh D.
November 6th 2020
16311 Comments


has anyone checked on John now that Trump is losing?

Wildcardbitchesss
November 6th 2020
4607 Comments


pretty much the last headline I expected to read this morning

Shemson
November 6th 2020
1593 Comments


That second track actually sounded like one of the quirkier cuts from toxicity/STA era!

First track very average but as said, good cause and great to hear them together again!

DDDeftoneDDD
November 6th 2020
15425 Comments


good news

Digging: Dread Sovereign - Alchemical Warfare

BigPleb
November 6th 2020
61667 Comments


I'm just happy to hear Daron and Serj harmonising again tbh, they still got it.

garas
November 6th 2020
5500 Comments


Good songs, but really sad what they have to stand against...
Fuck Azerbaijan and fuck Erdogan.

Digging: Manes - Slow Motion Death Sequence

EasterInTheBatcave
November 6th 2020
339 Comments


Genocidal Humanoidz is great (aside from the word "humanoidz").

BigPleb
November 6th 2020
61667 Comments


Ye, that song goes hard tbh.

Protect the Land is meh.

TrantaLocked
November 6th 2020
2090 Comments


I would love an album but maybe that isn't their focus right now. What they're doing with Serj's voice sounds good, a bit back and reverbed, songs more in the style of Scars but obviously still SOAD.

Megabomberman
November 6th 2020
60 Comments


They sound like geriatrics, so flat and lifeless.

Valkoor952
November 6th 2020
4247 Comments


For two hastily put together songs, these are not bad. Genocidial Humanoidz does sound like classic SOAD.

Valkoor952
November 6th 2020
4247 Comments


Also I have to point out I'm glad Serj isn't using his nasally mickey mouse voice on these songs, the same voice he uses on live performances nowadays. My fear was always that if they were to record new stuff his voice would sound awful, but he came through here.

TundraL5Z
November 6th 2020
5623 Comments


Guess I'll comment here for historical reasons

Deathconscious
November 6th 2020
25820 Comments


Protect the Land was boring, but i really liked Genocidal Humanoidz. Never thought we'd get more from them, 2020 is so fuckin weird.

TheSonomaDude
November 6th 2020
7299 Comments


the craziest thing to happen in 2020


not expecting a full LP but hey 2 songs are better than 0

Panzerchrist
November 6th 2020
532 Comments


Kinda wanted Serj to go a little more over the top on either song but I guess the fact that there exists new soad material in tyoul 2020 is good enough

Eakflanderyof
November 6th 2020
3102 Comments


Genocidal Humanoidz is pretty good. Sounds like they picked up right where they left off. Protect the land isnpretty average though

botb
November 6th 2020
14238 Comments


First song is so boring
Second is fun but definitely nothing special

WalrusTusk
November 6th 2020
526 Comments


Serj definitely sounds like he's half-assing these.

TheAntichrist
November 6th 2020
2009 Comments


i just don't dig soad sorry guys

ChaoticVortex
November 6th 2020
1091 Comments


Solid cuts, sound like SOAD, not complaining.

TheFantasticDangler
November 6th 2020
2057 Comments


@antichrist no one fucking cares, sorry dude

TheAntichrist
November 6th 2020
2009 Comments


neither do i lol

GarthAlgar
November 6th 2020
66 Comments


Man, these are not good.

bloc
November 6th 2020
64367 Comments


Always thought these guys sucked, but these 2 tracks are pretty nice

Valkoor952
November 6th 2020
4247 Comments


that's interesting cause they have the exact same songs, but 10x better in their discography

not to say these are bad tracks or anything

JayEnder
November 6th 2020
9002 Comments


Still can't believe this is real.

I probably won't be listening to Protect the Land much, but Genocidal Humanoidz brings that classic SOAD energy I've missed

Digging: Thou - Heathen

TheFantasticDangler
November 6th 2020
2057 Comments


but ya humanoidz goes a fair bit, the first is pretty bad

jpaulwegenast
November 6th 2020
96 Comments


Want more Serj-presence.

TheAntichrist
November 6th 2020
2009 Comments


he was too busy hiding behind these empty walls

Shiranui
November 6th 2020
746 Comments


This band never clicked with me and this is no exception.

JWT155
November 6th 2020
14702 Comments


Agreed. Biggest complaint about Hypnotize and even Mezmerized was Darren's dominance in certain songs. Best SOAD is when Serj is front and center with hints of Darren.

DatsNotDaMetulz
November 6th 2020
4039 Comments


Humanoidz is pretty good. Other track feels a bit too propaganda-esque but that might just be cos I don't like pro-military lyrics.

Deathconscious
November 6th 2020
25820 Comments


Seems like this was mostly a Darren thing.

SitarHero
Contributing Reviewer
November 6th 2020
12554 Comments


has anyone checked on John now that Trump is losing? [2]

Genocidal Humanoidz is the better song by far.


InFlamesWeThrash666
November 6th 2020
9925 Comments


First song lacks a good chorus and it's pretty by the numbers. Humanoidz is cool

I'd love to hear a new album but if its focused on Daron like the last albums and these tracks then fuck it

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Dromasta
November 6th 2020
168 Comments


Genuinely digging Genocidal Humanoids. Protect the Land is pretty lame though.

KevinKC
November 6th 2020
919 Comments


It's a trite thing to say but System of a Down was always a very overrated band, because they felt so fresh and new for example.
They have their own sound, they made quite a few great songs, but were celebrated like a band ten times better than they actually were.
They left everybody with a huge desire for more when I don't think they truly had much more to offer.

Tomstein
November 6th 2020
165 Comments


I have said this before Protect The Land is ok. But Genocidal Humanoidz I like a bit more it does remind me of SOADs older work a bit.

TheSonomaDude
November 6th 2020
7299 Comments


I wish "Genocidal Humanoidz" had the music video, it's the far more memorable and interesting song while the other one feels like a 5-minute afterthought

Dori
November 6th 2020
2 Comments


I like the cause but the songs are bland

Genocidal Humanoidz is ok but I think they could have come up with a more complete song after 15 years

Spec
November 6th 2020
36115 Comments


wow this sucks

TheGreatQ
November 7th 2020
2963 Comments


Protect the Land is meh, boring latter half of the album track.

Genocidal Humanoidz is great though!

Invaderbryan
November 7th 2020
425 Comments


This does suck.

Veks
November 7th 2020
1398 Comments


Genocidal Humanoidz was great.

splinter
November 7th 2020
574 Comments


I Love System of the Downs but this not

JayEnder
November 7th 2020
9002 Comments


Protect the Land is pretty lame tbh.

Latter half is cool, but man that chorus is WEAK

PickleVai17
November 7th 2020
374 Comments


Nothing special. Then again I've never been a fan of SOAD. That guitarist singing with serj should shut the fuck up.

Ecnalzen
November 7th 2020
10188 Comments


Not too shabby. Will probs donate and dload the songs

unclereich
November 7th 2020
8999 Comments


god i hate this band

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BigPleb
November 7th 2020
61667 Comments


Daron has been the focal point since Mezmerize, more Serj would be nice.

He's fine in small doses and when harmonising with Serj, can be grating after a while though.

Invaderbryan
November 7th 2020
425 Comments


I think y’all are just pretending to actually like this cause it’s soad, but damn

BigPleb
November 7th 2020
61667 Comments


I genuinely enjoy Humanoidz, the other track is whatever.

BlazinBlitzer
November 7th 2020
1701 Comments


I really respect the cause these guys made the songs for but I didn't like either track tbh.

Invaderbryan
November 7th 2020
425 Comments


If this was released by another band y’all would trash it

TheSonomaDude
November 7th 2020
7299 Comments


this first song is already getting trashed lol



TheAntichrist
November 7th 2020
2009 Comments


this is like phil collins shitty when it comes to the politics

Kusangii
November 7th 2020
3073 Comments


This band is so fucking horrible lol

Sinternet
November 7th 2020
23743 Comments


pretty decent return, i thought both were decent

Lord(e)Po)))ts
November 7th 2020
65259 Comments


Protect the Land is the most terribly awful phoned in watered down diet lowest common denominator vapid version of this band possible rofl

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TheAntichrist
November 7th 2020
2009 Comments


[2]

arapinho1
November 7th 2020
178 Comments


This sucks

Deathconscious
November 7th 2020
25820 Comments


"I think y’all are just pretending to actually like this cause it’s soad, but damn"

Who the fuck pretends to like stuff, this is a narrative high schoolers came up with so they could call other people posers.

Lord(e)Po)))ts
November 7th 2020
65259 Comments


Lots of people pretend to like stuff, people be whack like that

SitarHero
Contributing Reviewer
November 7th 2020
12554 Comments


"If this was released by another band y’all would trash it"

Lolwut? Literally everyone is trashing the first song.

unclereich
November 7th 2020
8999 Comments


Who the fuck pretends to like stuff, this is a narrative high schoolers came up with so they could call other people posers.


Emim
November 7th 2020
29643 Comments


Gonna go the same way as RATM

ArsMoriendi
November 7th 2020
32832 Comments


"Protect the Land" is boring as hell, but at least it's not lame like most of Mez/Hyp... I'll give it a solid 2.5/5

"Genocidal Humanoidz" is just flat out bad, like sounds like it belongs on Hypnotize, ugh 2/5

Digging: Melt-Banana - Cell-Scape

bananatossing
November 7th 2020
1566 Comments


Daron should just remain quiet and let Serj do his thing. Ruined these songs for me.

botulist
November 7th 2020
560 Comments


idiotically bad band with a brainwashed political banner behind them.

Mabbitt
November 7th 2020
1783 Comments


Yeah, first song is really bland. You would think they'd put effort into a song for such an important cause, but this sounds phoned in. Second song is a lot closer to what we like about SOAD.

oltnabrick
November 7th 2020
40099 Comments


both songs rule

Digging: 6 dogs - 6 Dogs

Wildcardbitchesss
November 7th 2020
4607 Comments


“Genocidal Humanoidz" is just flat out bad, like sounds like it belongs on Hypnotize, ugh”
Saying that like it’s a bad thing lol

Eakflanderyof
November 7th 2020
3102 Comments


Hot take time: mesmerize/hypnotize had a lot of their best material. Probably come back to those albums more than any of their other ones honestly

jouroboros
November 7th 2020
78 Comments


Why can't Serj just get the chance to be the vocalist on his own? I swear that guitarist's voice is fucking annoying.

TheAntichrist
November 7th 2020
2009 Comments


"Who the fuck pretends to like stuff, this is a narrative high schoolers came up with so they could call other people posers."

high schoolers and people with naughty intentions ;)

BenThatsMyJamin
November 7th 2020
3776 Comments


Dang wasn't expecting to hear blast beatz... nice

Mesm277
November 7th 2020
842 Comments


Aside from Serj's voice sounding a bit thin these aren't too bad but just not that memorable

DDDeftoneDDD
November 7th 2020
15425 Comments


We want a bm soad. That s it!

Deathconscious
November 7th 2020
25820 Comments


@reich true!

TheSonomaDude
November 7th 2020
7299 Comments


yeah damon malakan or whatever his name is has always been insanely annoying...i really hate his voice, tbh. he has this obnoxious shrill whine of a voice and his lyrics are usually fucking awful. he had great riffs tho, should focus on that.

Valkoor952
November 7th 2020
4247 Comments


he's written the lyrics to SOAD's best songs tho so idk about that

Eakflanderyof
November 7th 2020
3102 Comments


Daron is solid at background harmonizing vocals. Soad sounds their best when serj is in the forefront and daron does harmonies

TheSonomaDude
November 7th 2020
7299 Comments


such a lonely day
and it's mine
the most lonliest day of my life
such a lonely day
should be banned
shouldn't exist

Eons
November 7th 2020
2898 Comments


its pretty clear that they weren't looking to just make a banger for the fans but to raise awareness in general, and get the message across. if you notice the songs are very clear in what they mean, which isn't the case for their other material for the most part. and the music doesn't distract from the lyrics, im sure this is intentional, it's very important they raise awareness about this. they can put a lot of eyes on whats happening in armenia who wouldn't have known about it before



TheAntichrist
November 7th 2020
2009 Comments


that's no excuse for the music being shitty though

Invaderbryan
November 7th 2020
425 Comments


It could have been a banger for awareness, but since it’s sucks less people are going to be aware.

botulist
November 7th 2020
560 Comments


from what i understand, the belonging of that region is pretty disputed geopolitically, and much like the displacement and killing of people that's happening now was also perpetuated by Armenia back in the 80's and 90's. what i find so pathetically cheap about the SOAD letter and Armenia's PR generally, is that Putin and his very sanction of the taking back of the region aren't mentioned anywhere. there are Russian war bases right on the border where the fighting is happening, who aren't doing anything to stop it, and the reason for that is that the Armenian government did something to piss Putin off.

DDDeftoneDDD
November 7th 2020
15425 Comments


Yeah "don't piss Putin off"...come on dude...they re just speaking for people who do not choose war imo
..and against all kinds of totalitarian govs who choose conflict for them

Valkoor952
November 8th 2020
4247 Comments


"if you notice the songs are very clear in what they mean, which isn't the case for their other material for the most part"

practically at least 1/3 if not 2/3 of their songs are anti-war songs and it's pretty easy to get the sentiment behind them so these two aren't really outliers in any sense in their discography

botulist
November 8th 2020
560 Comments


dude, read the statement they put out. that's nationalist propaganda to a tee. i take your point overall, but not mentioning the man who more or less controls both countries involved is fishy.

GoodNeighbour
November 8th 2020
30 Comments


These are scars on Broadway songs with guest harmonies by Serj.
Good cause sure, but it's fine to call this material out on being bullshit by dickhead Daron.
Not interested in new SOAD unless Daron stops trying to be the lead singer/songwriter.

Valkoor952
November 8th 2020
4247 Comments


Daron has always been the lead songwriter bro


zaruyache
November 8th 2020
23422 Comments


uh

kalkwiese
November 8th 2020
6559 Comments


He always was yea. Genocidal Humanoidz feels like SOAD tho, it's very Hypnotize, but like the good stuff off that record

Allergist
November 8th 2020
1065 Comments


Such a lonely day

Should be BAENNND



DatsNotDaMetulz
November 8th 2020
4039 Comments


I need to make a tally of the amount of different spellings of Daron there have been.

BenThatsMyJamin
November 8th 2020
3776 Comments


Damon Macaroni

chewytapeworm
November 8th 2020
501 Comments


Darryn Malkovia

DDDeftoneDDD
November 9th 2020
15425 Comments


aaaaaaight
Genocidal Humanoidz does slap

Flugmorph
November 9th 2020
23640 Comments


no shit

Brabiz
November 10th 2020
1258 Comments


“So david came to me and said ‘i’ve got something already written to make the process go quicker” - Shavo in a recent interview. So that explains why Protect The Land is so average. But i have to say, these songs definitely worked to raise my awareness, and re-injected my love of System of a Down, a band i haven’t listened to in years and used to be a top 5 band. It’s really nice to have them back, and i hope they make an album.

Digging: Corpo-Mente - Corpo-Mente

oltnabrick
November 12th 2020
40099 Comments


u guys r so lame for not liking this lol

Deathconscious
November 12th 2020
25820 Comments


"this"? There are two songs. People generally seem to like one of them.

porcupinetheater
November 15th 2020
5169 Comments


Smart move dropping something as drab as Protect the Land to make the toothless Cigaro knock-off Genocidal Humanoidzzzz look like a return to form

SIIMBOLIC
November 21st 2020
1473 Comments


^ you suck massive ass

porcupinetheater
November 21st 2020
5169 Comments


What of it?

Eakflanderyof
November 21st 2020
3102 Comments


As far as bands coming back from the grave after 15 years while also definitely hating each other, this is about as good of a comeback as I would expect. Could've been way worse

FirstStrikeIsDeadly
November 21st 2020
1172 Comments


These songs are really growing on me. Give em a few more listens, the heavy groove of Protect the Land and the energetic riffing in Genocidal Humanoidz need a minute to settle in.

pizzamachine
November 21st 2020
14271 Comments


Glad they’re back

porcupinetheater
November 22nd 2020
5169 Comments


Yeah, Man, these songs are just so complex, don’t know how anyone could possibly get a feel for all those perfect fourths and fifths repeating over and over in 4/4 without at least 15 listens. Real forward thinking shit



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