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System Of A Down Release Their First Music In 15 Years In Support Of Their Ancestral Home Of Armenia (Videos)

System Of A Down have always been political and always used their voice and talent to shed light on the injustice they see around them in . After 15 years of absence from releasing new music they are now back. All four members of the band have Armenian roots and according to Wikipedia the band’s first official recording was a song that was featured on a collection album “called Hye Enk (“we’re Armenian” in English), an Armenian Genocide recognition compilation in 1997.”

War between Armenia and Azerbaijan has been brewing for decades and in recent days and weeks fighting has commenced again on a larger scale, so it is no wonder that the band chose this time in history to release new music in support of their people.

Furthermore the band will donate all royalties from the release to a US based fund supporting those suffering from the violence in Artsakh and Armenia.

“We realize that for many of you, there are more convenient ways you like listening to music, so please consider the opportunity to download these songs as an act of charity above all else. Think of the list price for the downloads as a minimum donation, and if you have the ability and can be more generous with your donation, every single member of System Of A Down will be even more grateful for your benevolence. Band royalties from this initiative will be donated to Armenia Fund, a US based charity organization instrumental in providing those in need in Artsakh and Armenia with supplies needed for their basic survival.”

As somewhat of an unusual thing for a band of this size they seem to have created an official Bandcamp page where the two newly released songs are available along with a statement from the band explaining why this is important:

“Because over 30 years ago in 1988, the Armenians of Nagorno-Karabakh (which at the time was an Autonomous Oblast within the USSR), were tired of being treated as second class citizens and decided to declare their rightful independence from the Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic whose borders engulfed their own. This ultimately led to a war of self determination by Armenians in Karabakh against Azerbaijan that ended in a cease fire in 1994, with Armenians retaining control of their ancestral homelands and maintaining their independence to the present day. Our people have lived there for millennia, and for most families there, it’s the only home they and their forefathers and mothers have ever known. They just want to live in peace as they have for centuries.

“This is not the time to turn a blind eye.”

The current corrupt regimes of Aliyev in Azerbaijan and Erdogan in Turkey now want to not only claim these lands as their own, but are committing genocidal acts with impunity on humanity and wildlife to achieve their mission. They are banking on the world being too distracted with COVID, elections and civil unrest to call out their atrocities. They have the bankroll, the resources and have recruited massive public relations firms to spin the truth and conceal their barbaric objective of genocide. This is not the time to turn a blind eye.

There is an immediate need for global citizens to urge their respective governments to not only condemn the actions of these crooked dictators, but to also insist world leaders act with urgency to bring peace to the region and rightfully recognize Artsakh as the independent nation it is.”

https://systemofadown.bandcamp.com

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Video Of The Day: The Enemy Of Earth Is You By VOB

VOB or Voice of Baceprot is a young metal band from Indonesia. The country has the largest Muslim population of any country on the planet and the Islamic faith, as most religions, is known to have certain restrictions on the arts.

Religious pressure has not stopped these young girls in making the music they love. As band member Firdda Kurnia explains in an article by South China Morning Post: “I think gender equality should be supported, because I feel I am still exploring my creativity, while at the same time, not diminishing my obligations as a Muslim woman”.

See also: Free West Papua: 5 Songs Supporting The People

In the same article she goes on saying: “I play metal music as a hobby, but my religion is my personal relationship with God. My lyrics are ‘clean’; we sing about our restlessness, about the state of our Mother Earth, about the education system in Indonesia”.

Give Me Democracy Or Give Me Death: 5 Metal Bands Unite In Support Of Hong Kong Activists

Five heavy music bands will come together for a show on the 24th of November in Hong Kong. Proceeds from the event will go to Spark Alliance, an organisation that fights for the rights of activists who have been jailed or somehow oppressed or harassed.

See also: Taiwanese Rapper Dwagie Supporting Hong Kong Protesters

During the recent protests in Hong Kong the slogan ‘Give me democracy or give me death’ has been seen spray painted on walls around the city.