As nearly a decade has gone since their latest album, System of a Down drummer John Dolmayan stated that the situation within the band is "not okay."
Chatting with Loudwire, the drummer compared the band's 2010 reunion with a relationship break. "When we decided to get back together, it was weird. It wasn't a comfortable feeling in the beginning," he kicked off.
"I can equate it to if you've ever had difficulties with a girlfriend and you guys took some time off from each other, when you get back together there’s that elation that you're back together, but there's also a little bit of fear, you know? Is it going to work? Is it going to be fun? Will it be the same? Is there going to be resentment?
"It took a long time to get past that, I'd say months. As we played more and more shows, it became more and more fun. Those feelings started to subside. I feel like this band still has a lot of issues, things we just have to work out.
"I'm not really happy with where the band is right now," John added. "I think that it's been way too long since we’ve made an album and I've kind of had enough of the mentality of 'that's okay.' It's not okay."
Reacting to the interviewer's comment about being the most eager band member in terms of making the new album, Dolmayan noted, "I'm not sure if I'm the member who wants it the most. It's probably true about [me] being the most vocal about wanting it.
"For me, there's no ego involved. I don't write songs, so I'm not worried about who's going to write the song. I'm just ready. You just give me the canvas so I can paint on it, that's how I look at it. So it's easier for me, but look, there's a lot of emotions involved with being an artist; there's a lot of emotions involved to being a songwriter; and there's a lot of fear involved with anything that you haven't done in a long time.
"To go in together and work together?" he asked. "We're different people. 2005 was the last time we were in the studio together. That's what, nine years ago?"
Finally, the skinsman once again stressed how annoying he considers the lack of album progress, adding, "We're turning into the f--king Eagles now. 15 years are gonna go by before we make a new album. [Laughs] For me, it's irritating. But I do the best I can to understand that there's a lot to be worked through in order to make something great and if it isn't fantastic, there's no reason for us to do it."
In related news, John is working on an all-star cover project These Grey Men. The band has kicked off a fundraiser to support the debut album and tour, more info here.