Last year, System Of A Down released two new songs to benefit Artsakh during their current conflict with Azerbaijan and Turkey. The band’s efforts were rewarded, too — the tracks ended up raising $600,000 for the Armenia Fund. Now, SOAD have revealed that they’ll be hosting another fundraising event, this one a livestream that will culminate with the premiere of a new music video.
According to Blabbermouth, the livestream will go down this Saturday, January 30th, and will launch at 9 a.m. PT/12 p.m. ET. The band will welcome a roster of guests to join them for interviews, including representative for Armenia Fund USA Maria Mehranian, Armenian-American musician Sebu Simonian, “Good Day LA”‘s Araksya Karapetyan, Harvard clinician Dr. Lilit Garibyan (who leads the charity Face Of Angel which has established medical laser treatments in Armenia and now aims to provide medical scar laser treatments to soldiers with burn and trauma scars), Armenian parliamentarian Narek Mkrtchyan (who is leading the development of a new prosthetic hand lab and initiative with Homeland Defenders Rehabilitation Center), and director Adam Mason of Deep Sky Animation, who helped create the “Genocidal Humanoidz” music video.
A special video from Lt. Colonel Sargis Stepanyan from Armenian Wounded Heroes Fund and additional videos of support from VIP friends of the band will be showcased throughout the livestream. Wrapping up the event, the video for “Genocidal Humanoidz” debuts worldwide at 11 a.m. PT/ 2 p.m. ET.
Viewers may donate throughout the entire stream on the band’s YouTube channel.
“In the tragic aftermath of the most egregious violence to affect the area since 1994, soldiers for the Defense Army of Artsakh and Armenia (many of them volunteers) suffered war crimes at the hands of the invaders – Azerbaijan abetted by Turkey and their Syrian mercenaries,” wrote the band via social media. “Even after the ceasefire signed on November 10, 2020, those heroes wounded in the recent conflict remain in dire need of prosthetics, advanced treatment, and medical care. We are hosting a fundraising livestream event in order to raise money to rehabilitate and outfit the hundreds soldiers who have lost arms and legs with life-changing prosthetic limbs. The funding will also benefit the introduction of groundbreaking laser therapy for the treatment of white phosphorous chemical burns and the reduction of scarring and agonizing pain. All proceeds from the livestream will be donated to this cause.”
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To tune into System of a Down’s livestream fundraiser, you can go to their YouTube channel this Saturday.
Words by Chris Krovatin