While 2020 brought forth a lot of negatives, one great thing that happened last year was System of a Down releasing their first new music in 15 years. The band worked up and released the new songs "Protect the Land" and "Genocidal Humanoidz" as a way to address the ongoing war in Artsakh. In a new interview with Apple Music's Zane Lowe, singer Serj Tankian shares how thrilled he was with how the songs came together and suggested the possibility that they could continue creatively so long as everyone is on the same page.
It has been well documented that the group reunited in the studio a few years back but ended the sessions citing philosophical differences as their reason for not pushing forward with a new album. The creative disagreements however haven't kept the group from playing shows in recent years and continuing the group's presence in the live setting. While it appeared that hope had been dashed for new music, the band surprised fans with the new songs in 2020 that came as the result of a united vision and designed goal.