In a brand new interview with SPIN.com, SYSTEM OF A DOWN frontman Serj Tankian was asked about the status of the band’s long-awaited new studio album. He responded: “There is an openness to working together again when we all have material that is mutually accepted. We don’t have a set timeline or anything else to report. One thing we do all agree upon is that it’s gotta be a leap from what we’ve done before.”
SYSTEM OF A DOWN bassist Shavo Odadjian said in a recent interview with Madcap Music Review that the band has already worked on its first new music in a decade, with plans to enter the studio in the coming months to record a full-length album. Asked about the chances of the group recording for the first time since 2005, Odadjian said, “Yeah, there’s a very good chance. I don’t have a date. We’ve already gone. We’ve written some songs. We’re keeping it to ourselves. We’re getting back to the bullshit of being together.”
SYSTEM last released new music in 2005 with the “Mezmerize” and “Hypnotize” albums, but started to tour again in 2011.
The band members have reiterated throughout the hiatus that they have remained friends, although drummer John Dolmayan hinted last year at some personal issues in the group, saying, “We probably would have been in the studio making an album already, but for personal reasons, one of our members cant be in the studio right now. It’s a positive thing, but that’s all I can say on that right now.”
SYSTEM OF A DOWN recently added two more North American dates to its upcoming world tour. In addition to a show in Quebec on June 18, the band will now stop in Detroit on June 17 and Toronto on June 19.
The tour commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide and will feature SYSTEM OF A DOWN‘s first-ever performance in their homeland of Armenia, on April 23.