System of a Down is now going behind the scenes of their music video for their new song "Protect the Land", which bassist Shavo Odadjian said aims to unite.
"I wanted to show the unification of our people around the world for one common cause, illustrating the power in numbers," said Odadjian. "So we brought together people from all ages and professions who believe in and are fighting for that same cause. It's one thing to come up with an idea, but to see it come alive as happened with this video, has been just incredible."
While the new System of a Down EP raised over $600,000 for the ArmeniaFund, don't expect more new music from the band. According to guitarist and vocalist Daron Malakian, it's a little more complicated than that.
"It's not that simple [to make more music together], I guess. I wish it was. It should be; it should be," he said. "But it gets a little bit more complicated than that. I don't wanna get into, like, 'Well, it's this person and that person.' We did this for a noble reason, and we did this for the right reasons. We didn't make any money off this — everything we've made from these songs we've donated straight into Armenia Fund."
"So it wasn't like a money grab; it wasn't trying to get fame and attention, and, 'Hey, we're gonna break the Internet,' or nothing like that. It was totally for the noble reason of our country needs us, and that was really the driving force and the motivation for this — it wasn't really about, 'Wow, we're so excited to do a new System of a Down record again.' But the fact that it happened so smoothly and everything like that, I personally do walk away and say it's a shame that certain things can't come together to make that happen, let's just say. 'Cause we did do these two songs in a really comfortable, smooth [way]. Everyone got along."