According to The Pulse Of Radio, SYSTEM OF A DOWN singer Serj Tankian has co-written with John Psathas a new song called "100 Years" to commemorate the centennial of the Armenian genocide perpetrated during World War One by Turkey's Ottoman Empire. Tankian, who is of Armenian descent, said about the song's accompanying video, "The video is a somber commemoration to honor the Armenian, Greek and Assyrian victims of the first genocide of the 20th century."
Tankian told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that the Armenian Genocide has been largely forgotten by history. "You know, I mean, it was all over the media in 1915 when it occurred, but since it's not put in the books as a genocide and not reviewed and studied like the Holocaust has been, like even the Cambodian genocide has been — you know, we've talked about Saddam Hussein's killing of the Kurds, etc. — all of that is known in modern times, but this is the first forgotten genocide of the century," he said.
SYSTEM is currently on a world tour to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, during which 1.5 million Armenians lost their lives at the hands of the Turkish government between 1915 and 1918.
Turkey has officially denied that the atrocity took place ever since.
The tour, which includes dates in Europe and North and South America, will culminate in Armenia in April 23, the day before the annual worldwide observation of the genocide. This will be the first time that SYSTEM OF A DOWN has ever performed in its home country.