System of a Down New Album Update: We’ve Discussed It and Played Each Other Songs

Story by Cat Badra, System of a Down’s Shavo Odadjian photo by Anne Erickson

System of a Down hasn’t released a new album in roughly a decade, and while it doesn’t look like that trend will change at any point soon, there is some hope. In a new interview with Rolling Stone, frontman Serj Tankian spoke about the progress of the new album, and while the guys have talked about it, they just haven’t been able to take that next step to move forward.

“We’ve discussed it and we’ve played each other songs, but we still haven’t come eye to eye on how things should be done for us to be able to move forward with it,” Tankian said. “And that’s where it’s been.’

Even though System of a Down hasn’t released a new album since their 2005 release, “Hypnotize,” the band has remained tight. Band members have spent a good deal of time together just being friends, and Tankian says his relationship with the guys is better than ever.

“When people don’t see a record, they assume the worst about your internal relationship,” Tankian said. “But the truth is we’re actually better friends — at least I’m better friends with everyone than I’ve ever been”

In addition to just hanging out, the guys of System have also toured together over the years. “We have a great time together touring,” Tankian said. “But sometimes putting together a record, and that creative output and how things should be done, is different in four people’s heads and it doesn’t always come together. Fortunate or unfortunate, however you want to call it, that’s the truth.”

In other news, Tankian is spending his free time working on film scores and some music his System of a Down band mate and brother-in-law John Dolmayan’s other band, These Grey Men.

Publication date: December 20, 2017



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