SOAD Not Working on New Album, Says Serj Tankian

"We have not yet agreed on a timetable for another record," the singer says.

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System of a Down frontman Serj Tankian gave fans somewhat of a cold shower yesterday as he denied any kind of band's involvement in making a new record.

As previously reported, fans had their hopes up after drummer John Dolmayan announced that the new SOAD record will be complete by the band's next LA performance.

So during yesterday's Reddit AMA session, Tankian was asked by one of the fans on whether it's true that a new album is in the making.

"No, that is not true," the vocalist briefly replied. "A quick scan of press online will show that we have not yet agreed on a timetable for another record due to its time commitments."

However, the singer also pointed out that he most definitely has the desire to make a new record with the band, saying that otherwise he "wouldn't be discussing it at all."

Tankian was repeatedly asked about the new album, making him point out several times that the group will definitely work on a new studio effort, but only when the time is right.

"We have to make a record when we think it's time, not anyone else," he said. "I am not opposed to making a System record at all. It just has to be the right time for us all in the band."

The frontman also addressed bassist Shavo Odadjian's recent online outburst and accusations, saying that "Shavo's comments have been redacted by the author."

The latest SOAD record, "Hypnotize," dropped in November 2005 via American Recordings, landing at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with over 320,000 copies sold in the US within the first week.

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    What a surprise(!)
    In other surprising news, RATM is also not making an album, the Cinema debut of Metallica is still not premiering and as you might have noticed, Christmas isn't due till probably somewhere in december.
    system dont let me down
    For me, the fact that there is a lot of talk about a new record (even it is denying the making of one) is much better than back in 2006 when there was no System talk at all. We're on the road to a new album, we just have to be a bit more patient...
    With all due respect to Serj's solo career and his interesting musical choices, I'd rather have a new System album than more of his solo work, even though I've sort of moved on from them in the years since Mesmerize/Hypnotize came out (I used to be a massive fan back in the day, but tastes can change as we age) Can't they just sit down, write an album, then demo it out on the road? If the band isn't fighting too badly, they should give that a shot.
    maybe he is scared that they cant top what they already have...all this hype is guna bring huge expectations
    Why can't people accept that they're just not ready to begin writing an album yet? Be patient.
    I hate to say it but I expect SOAD's next album to be a flop. When stuff like this is going on in bands you can tell that something is not working within the group.
    And with serjs new stuff it will flop. It's difficult to write music with others when you have been doing it by yourself for awhile. serj doesnt have to answer to anyone and can work at his own creative pace(which is going down a shitty road, jazizchrist? cmon serj. and remember ur no opera singer!)
    Just because Serj isn't involved doesn't mean the band isn't making a new album. I guess it just won't be done until Serj lays down some vocals.
    I like SOAD, but frankly I just don't give a shit anymore.
    I'm feeling the same way....At this point I'm content with the 5 albums they've already put out. I don't even mind most of Serj's solo stuff. All this "new album, no new album, new album, no new album" shit...I really just don't care.
    LOL this is EXACTLY like what's going on with Tool. I bet Maynard and Serj are in cahoots and are plotting something behind our backs. It's a conspiracy, I tell you!
    New SOAD album coming, says drummer John Dolmayan Serj Tankian "No plans for new SOAD album" SOAD drummer "There will be a new album at some point" Serj Tankian has no idea when new SOAD album will be out Shavo Odadjian "We are starting on a new album" Serj Tankian "SOAD has not discussed an album yet" That's pretty much how it is.
    Did you just call Obama a good president?
    I forgot the only person who can say anything about Obama is Mustaine. Maybe if I changed my username, I would be in the front page.
    Neither good or bad, I just stated an opinion. Apparently, it was deleted. It didn't comply with UG editorial line.
    "A quick scan of press online will show that we have not yet agreed on a timetable for another record due to its time commitments." so basically he's saying that they aren't doing a new record because he's too busy doing other things?
    The band might as well work on the instrumentals of a new album without him Dar on mainly writes all of the music anyways. Check their writing credits on their albums 99% of the music is written by Daron.
    This is actually good idea. Judging on Serj's lastest solo work, even if he contributed to SOAD's instrumentals, I guess his parts would pretty much suck. He is awesome vocalist. He wrote some very badass stuff on Elect The Dead and Imperfect Harmonies. But his experimental self is a little bit too much.
    I'd rather them take their time and make a great album instead of releasing a mediocre one as soon as possible, just to please everyone.
    I like how he says the time has to be right "for everyone" implying that it's more than him that isn't ready to work on new SOAD.
    UG, it doesn't count as news if we already know this information!!
    If they keep this shit up people will stop paying attention. Personally, I think they should just leave their discography the way it is (even though mesmerize/hypnotize was garbage).
    The other three should just move on without him. He's overrated and apparently has a gigantic ego to go with it. Perhaps they can find a vocalist whose voice doesn't sound like the torturing of a baby seal.
    If you don't like his voice, why listen to SoaD at all? In case you hadn't noticed, his voice is a pretty big part of it.
    Dude, I remember you from a while ago. Is this what you do with your life? Wait for something about Serj Tankian to be published and then write a negative comment on UG? I want to be just like you, man...
    Why don't they just fire Serj? He seems to more hung up on his own mastubatory solo projects than on SOAD.
    Oh god, this is nearly as bad as the Slipknot comments on the new record. And btw. why is there no 'report' button for comments?
    GOOOD!! They are terrible....or should I say his singing is awful!!
    So....Why are you on an article about them if you hate them so much? A little bit pointless, isn't it?
    I want the band to make a new album under a different name, minus serj. I can't stand his vocals but the music is great!
    Serj Tankian, do what STP use do. Go into a record studio with new material and record it all in a few weeks. Just keep practicing and practicing your new music behind the scenes at shows. Nirvana made their famous record Nevermind in one week. What's your excuse again?
    I swear I heard them talking about making new material on UK radio months ago, I was sure they were gunna release a new album!
    Yes, fire Serj... The only band member who truly makes the band
    I like Serj, don't get me wrong, but that's completely untrue. You can't just write off the contributions of the other members like that. If any one of them quit, to be honest, it wouldn't seem like System. If they want to continue without Serj, play under a different band name, at least.
    i'm glad he cleared it up and I like his thought on not recording until they are ready. Rather them enjoy making the album than appeal to all of the fan boys demanding it NOW.