System Of A Down's last album came in 2005 with Hypnotize
. They have performed together since, but by 2020 relations between the band members were frosty after attempts to record new material failed. They had no plans to work together until the Artsakh conflict arose. In early October of 2020, drummer John Dolmayan
broke the ice with a text to his three bandmates asking them to put aside their differences to help their fellow Armenians. They all got on board, united in a common cause.
"There isn't any other huge Armenian rock band out there that's gonna do this," singer-guitarist Daron Malakian told Rolling Stone
. "We came together because our country needed us, not necessarily because we're so amped to do a brand-new System of a Down song. Our people needed us to do this."