System of a Down released their first new songs in 15 years, Rolling Stone points out. Listen to “Protect the Land” and “Genocidal Humanoidz” below, which follow the 2005 Mezmerize and Hypnotize LPs. The proceeds from the songs, which are also available on Bandcamp, will go to the Armenia Fund. The band, who are all of Armenian descent, writes on Bandcamp that the songs “speak of a terrible and difficult war that is being waged against our cultural homeland Artsakh and Armenia”.
They continue: “On September 27th, the combined forces of Azerbaijan and Turkey (together with Isis terrorists from Syria) attacked the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, which we as Armenians call Artsakh. For a month now, civilians, young and old, have been awakened day and night to the terrifying sights and sounds of rocket attacks, falling bombs, rockets, drones and terrorist attacks. They had to find refuge in emergency shelters to prevent prohibited cluster bombs from falling on their streets and homes, hospitals and places of worship. Their attackers set their forests and endangered wildlife on fire with white phosphorus, another prohibited weapon. ”
Read more on the band’s Bandcamp page. Numerous international outlets, including the New York Times and the BBC, also report on the conflict.
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