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System Of A Down “Not Something I Can Do Right Now” – Serj Tankian


System Of A Down bassist Shavo Odadjian recently blamed frontman Serj Tankian on Facebook for being the reason the band hasn’t released a studio album since 2005.  Read Shavo’s message HERE.

Now Serj says he just doesn’t have the time for System Of A Down right now.  He told Artist Direct

“I can’t write a forced record. It’s like romancing someone at a time you don’t want to be romantic. It’s not even a choice. We’ve enjoyed touring a lot. All of the tours have been well-received. We play really tightly—probably better than we ever have. It’s been cool. A new record requires three years. It’s not something I can do right now. When I can commit to a three-year album cycle, I’ll be down to do it.”

While Serj doesn’t have time for a new System album, he has stayed very busy recording solo albums.  In 2007, he released Elect The Dead.  He followed that with 2010’s Imperfect Harmonies.  Last year he released Harakiri and 2013 will see the release of two new albums from Serj, Orca and Jazz-iz Christ.  He also appeared on the debut album from Device in which he and David Draiman shared vocals on the track “Out of Line.”

It appears as though Serj Tankian has completely moved on from System Of A Down, though the band is touring a bit this summer.  He has time to record five solo albums but doesn’t have time for the band who brought him to the dance.  I respect Serj’s wishes to focus on whatever he wants to, but I also fully understand Shavo’s frustration.  The bottom line is that if you’ve been looking forward to a new System Of A Down album, stop.  Let it go.  It’s not happening any time soon.  – Shaffee

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