System Of A Down Drummer Claims New Album Will Surface
It’s been six long years since hard rock favorites System Of A Down released their one-two punch of Mezmerize and Hypnotize albums. The band went on hiatus in 2006, which saw frontman Serj Tankian release his solo album Elect the Dead, guitarist Daron Malakian and drummer John Dolmayan formed Scars on Broadway, and bassist Shavo Odadjian worked with RZA of the Wu-Tang Clan on their hip-hop project Achozen.
System of a Down reformed earlier this year to play a handful of European dates during the summer and headlined the Rock in Rio music festival this past weekend. Dolmayan was interviewed by a couple of Brazilian hotties and says a new System album will eventually happen.
The stickman knows fans are dying for a new SOAD and so is he.
“For the people who are waiting for an album — I know there’s a lot of people waiting for an album; I’m waiting for an album just like they are,” Dolmayan says. “It’s going to happen when it’s right and when we can make something that tops what we’ve done in the past.”
Just don’t expect the possible new album to be a carbon copy of the group’s previous efforts. Dolmayan feels that would be the easy way out.
“We don’t really want to rest on our laurels — where what you’ve done in the past is what you depend on,” he says. “Well, I don’t want to do that, and I know the rest of the guys don’t want to do that. Instead of resting on our laurels, we want throw them away and create something new and specific for this generation that they can say that’s their System of a Down.”
You’re going to have to be patient for a new System record as Tankian will be spending time in New Zealand and is set to release another solo album.
“We don’t generally work during Christmas so we’ll be home for the next three or four months,” Dolmayan explained. “And then Serj takes off and goes to New Zealand for a couple of months — he lives part time in New Zealand. And then I think he’s got another solo album coming out next summer. So you might see System touring next summer, you might not.”
Watch the full interview below. I highly enjoy seeing the awkwardness between Dolmayan and the two interviewers, especially when they are translating everything the drummer says to the TV audience.
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