Last week, System of a Down announced that they would be holding a charity fundraiser to coincide with the release of their new music video, “Genocidal Humanoidz.” The track was written to benefit Artsakh in its current conflict with Azerbaijan and Turkey. The premiere went down this Saturday, and now the video is available to stream below.
No matter what you think of “Genocidal Humanoidz” as a track, one can’t deny that the video is pretty awesome. The action is split between frantic performance footage and an animated storyline about a child trying to protect a radiant flower from the demons of a war-torn country. Not only is Deep Sky’s animation incredibly gorgeous, but the footage of the band shows System really giving it their all, seemingly powered by the good cause for which they’re fighting.
Check out the video for “Genocidal Humanoidz” below:
For those of you who missed it, System of a Down’s full fundraising effort can be watched on their 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 upon announcing their fundraising effort. “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.”
Words by Chris Krovatin