System of a Down recently released two new songs to benefit the Armenia Fund, but made it clear in the wake of those songs that they don’t intend to release any more music. Vocalist Serj Tankian is even set to release a new EP in February with five songs intended for the System of a Down album that never was. Still, despite all the talk that the band has no intentions of releasing more music, Tankian also isn’t saying no the possibility.
In an interview with Triple J, Tankian simply said that time will tell if the band releases more music.
“I don’t know, because right now we’re focused on what’s going on in Armenia,” he said. “There’s a huge humanitarian catastrophe. We’re still focused on raising funds, raising awareness about this. Time will tell whether this leads to something else or not.”
Tankian also talked a little bit about how the new songs were received by the public, as well as the ensuing music video for “Protect the Land”.
“The fan response has been absolutely incredible. As soon as we released the songs, it really blew up all over the Internet. And it did what we wanted to do, which is basically break into Azerbaijan’s disinformation campaign,” he said. Especially our video for ‘Protect The Land’ really hit it home, and people were, like, ‘Wow, I’m crying. I didn’t know about this. How can I help?’ And fans around the world were excited about the music, obviously, and the messaging is always part of the music.
“And we did a video together that we released, explaining why we did this, why it’s important to us, what’s going on. So all of it kind of really came together to spike and make an impact. And also, I’ve heard from friends that not only did it play in Armenia and Artsakh, but it was even played on the frontlines and gave people protecting their families a little something saying that we’re with you, that you’re not alone on these lines against a better-equipped, bigger-army enemy that is trying to kill you and your family.”
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