System of a Down shocked a lot of fans when they reunited to release two new songs to help earn money for the Armenia Fund. The songs “Protect The Land” and “Genocidal Humanoidz” were the first new songs released in 15 years.
Bassist Shavo Odadjian recently sat down with Guitar World to discuss what it was like going back into the studio with his band mates: “I miss playing with those guys; I really do. Those two days we jammed were amazing. It’s like I got to eat my cake, as they say. I wish it could have gone on longer. I miss those guys and love them so much. When we connect, there’s an undeniable bond. No one in the band or out of the band can say it’s not special. We will always have it. I mean, we took 15 years off and it all came out the same exact way it used to. That shit’s not going away. It’s not just the writing, it’s the playing and energy that comes together when we are in the same room.”
Shavo then got into what the writing process was like. “Daron is a maniac; he’s amazing. We have many different ways of writing. I’ve brought in parts that get arranged. Also, Serj [Tankian, vocals] brings stuff in like ‘Question!’, ‘Shimmy’, ‘Vicinity Of Obscenity’ and these other beautiful songs. And then there are times where Daron comes in with everything written — vocals and everything — because he’s a singer-songwriter. How can we say no? He’s in our band and that’s the beauty of the sound we’ve developed. And that’s how these two were.
“‘Genocidal Humanoidz’, though, he wrote and then we developed together at his house in 2017. We’re about to shoot the video for that. I’m directing again. For ‘Protect The Land’, we teamed up with some other people, it was a team effort — no one took a directing credit. We all did it. For ‘Genocidal Humanoidz’, I took some time to develop the concept. It’s a two-and-a-half-minute song, but there’s a lot I can explain there because there’s a lot being said. I came up with the idea with my directing partner, Adam Mason, who did the ‘Die For The Pic’ video. I hope we get to do it as soon as I hope. I don’t want to promise anything and can’t say when or how… but it’s coming.”
What the future holds remains to be seen, but this is exciting news for System of a Down fans.