System Of A Down have raised over $600,000 (£454,000) for the Armenia Fund by way of the 2 new songs they launched final week.
The four-piece announced their return last week with ‘Protect The Land’ and ‘Genocidal Humanoidz’, their first new materials in 15 years, to lift cash for the Armenia Fund following the latest battle between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed area of Artsakh.
In a brand new full band interview titled ‘Talking Out For Artsakh’, all 4 members of SOAD — Serj Tankian, Daron Malakian, Shavo Odadjian and John Dolmayan — sat down to elucidate why they launched the songs in help of their ancestral house of Armenia and its neighbouring Artsakh.
Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia signed an agreement earlier this week to finish the army battle which broke out again in September between Armenia and Azerbaijan (who’ve been backed by Turkey) over Nagorno-Karabakh, a disputed area with a big ethnic Armenian inhabitants that Armenians confer with as Artsakh.
Within the interview, Dolmayan stated that what SOAD are hoping is “that what occurred in 1915 [the Armenian Genocide] and what’s occurred so many occasions in historical past doesn’t repeat itself”.
Tankian stated that the battle was “an injustice that we would like individuals to concentrate to, and that’s why we’re doing this [releasing the songs]. In order that they’ll, in flip, inform their very own authorities our bodies, who can reply correctly.”
Talking about why SOAD determined to finish a 15-year wait for brand spanking new music, the frontman stated: “As System Of A Down, this has been an unimaginable event for us to come back collectively, and put the whole lot apart and converse out for our nation, as one.”
In a press release launched with ‘Talking Out For Artsakh’, SOAD stated: “We’re overwhelmed with gratitude to your unimaginable help of our marketing campaign for the individuals of Artsakh, and for serving to us elevate over $600K thus far in donations to offer for these in dire want by way of the Armenia Fund.
“Due to you, we can assist displaced civilians, younger and outdated, who’re affected by the hideous conflict crimes inflicted upon Artsakh by Azerbaijan and Turkey. Please watch this full interview to get a extra intimate look and understanding into why we got here collectively to launch ‘Shield The Land’ and ‘Genocidal Humanoidz’.
“To the 4 of us, it’s extraordinarily vital to share these truths with you. It’s for our ancestors, our tradition, and our nation. Assist us unfold the message.”
This uncommon full band interview additionally marks the primary time that Tankian and Dolmayan have appeared on digital camera collectively since the two began voicing their contrasting US political views earlier this 12 months.
Dolmayan, who’s a vocal supporter of Donald Trump, claimed on social media earlier this week that the US election is “not over” till an investigation into unproven allegations of voter fraud has been carried out.
Final month, Tankian admitted it was frustrating being “politically opposite” to Dolmayan, although he clarified that the 2 have been on “the very same web page” when it got here to points regarding Armenia.