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System of a Down has made its first show since July of 2019, with fans in Las Vegas getting a massive cut of the 30-track set of their 2001 album, “Toxicity.”
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Celebrating the record’s 20th anniversary, the band released three of the 14 songs on ‘Toxicity’ (excluding ‘Jet Pilot’, ‘Forest’ and ‘Shimmy’), as well as ‘Soldier Slide’, ‘Chic ‘n ‘Stu’ and ‘Holy Mountain’, the former of which he played for the first time since 2013, and the latter two for the first time since 2015.
The set featured the live debuts of ‘Genocidal Humanoids’ and ‘Protect the Land’. Both tracks landed last November as System of a Down’s first new material since 2005, when the band dropped their ‘Mesmerize’ and ‘Hypnotize’ albums.
Addressing the crowd before the band played ‘Genocidal Humanoids’, guitarist Daron Malakian said: “It’s one of our newer songs. It’s about some bullshit government that tried to kill our people – again.” . Fuck the genocidal humanoids!”
Take a look at some fan-shot footage of the performance below:
Addressing the lyrical background of ‘Protect the Land’, frontman Serge Tankian told the punters: “About a year ago, a combined force of Azerbaijan, Turkish and Syrian mercenaries attacked a peaceful people living in Nagorno-Karabakh. Those who have been living there on their indigenous land for thousands of years. They are our people.
“At that time, System of a Down put out two songs to help bring attention to the cause, and what we want to do is thank you, for joining us in our effort to raise funds and bring attention to this momentous event.” helped.”
Watch footage of the band playing ‘Protect the Land’ below:
As noted by Tankian, ‘Genocidal Humanoids’ and ‘Protect the Land’ were released as part of System of a Down’s efforts to draw attention to the ongoing conflict between Artakh and Azerbaijan. The royalties earned from the song were donated to Armenia Fund, raised over $600,000 (£436,500) within a week.
Speaking on the band’s decision to release new music after such a long hiatus from the studio, bassist Shavo Odadjian said: “We need to be a part of it. We need to do everything we can to help. It’s bigger than us, ours. Bigger than our feelings, bigger than our feelings, bigger than our ego. Let’s go.”
Despite the comeback earning widespread praise, Malakian has stated that he “doesn’t expect System of a Down” to release any more new material, citing In-Fighting as the primary reason they will ever be released. Will not make a sixth album.