Written by Alex Stojanovic
SYSTEM OF A DOWN IS:
Serj Tankian - Vocals
Daron Malakian - Guitars & vocals
Shavo Odadjian - Bass
John Dolmayan - Drums
Release Date: November 6, 2020
Label: American Recordings / Columbia Records
Can you believe that it has been 15 years since we had new music from System Of A Down? Me neither. Out of nowhere, they dropped two new songs for the first time in 15 years last month. The last time they released new music, I was 13 years old in the 8th grade. Where has the time gone? They also took longer than Tool did to release any new music.
Going into the tracks, "Protect The Land" is the less intense track. Since Daron Malakian said that it was initially intended to be a Scars On Broadway track, it made sense as to why the intensity was down a few notches, because even the softer SOAD songs still had an intensity to them. However, that doesn't mean that the riff and the overall feel isn't good. If you found "Protect The Land" a little tame, then "Genocidal Humanoids" resurrects the signature SOAD aggression. Even if it's not on the same level of aggression as "B.Y.O.B" or "Chop Suey", the riffing will definitely make you feel nostalgic. The blast beats give the bridge a big black metal vibe, I was kind of expecting Daron to go into a screeching black metal vocal.
Since Daron wrote both songs, it makes sense as to why a majority of the lead vocals were handled by him as opposed to Serj. Creative control seems to be the issue that's keeping System Of A Down from coming to an agreement on a new full length album. I think it's just gotten to a point where they should just focus on releasing singles as opposed to an album because it's obvious that an album is an impossibility at this point, and they're not getting younger. In the meantime, it sure feels rather great to have new System Of A Down tunes after such a long time. The last time they released new music, there was no YouTube, no Facebook, no Twitter, no Instagram, no Snapchat, none of that. Crazy, right? We should all strongly savor this moment, because who knows if this moment will come back again in the future.
Highs: System Of A Down is back with new music after 15 years.
Lows: Serj certainly should've had a bit more time in the vocal spotlight.
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