I remember the last time System of A Down came to Michigan. It was the 100 year anniversary of the Armenian Genocide for the "Wake Up The Souls" tour in 2015, and only 3 United States dates were booked for the argues event. One of the three shows was at DTE Energy Music Theater on June 17th, and I still have the T-shirt from the event. It was one of the most moving and packed shows I've ever been to. The band ripped through their catalog, playing much of their first two albums. Sadly they skipped songs from my personal favorite album of theirs, "Steal This Album."

5 Years later, and seemingly out of nowhere the band has returned and released two devastating tracks which are fueled with much awareness to the problems happening outside of the "American Bubble." The band has just released a statement on their Facebook page and made the two songs available to stream and download, stating:

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.

SOAD have always been a band with a strong political undertone, fueling much of their lyrics, as they continue to describe the hostile situation overseas:

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 say the music and lyrics speak for themselves. You can listen to the tracks here.

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