System Of A Down Frontman: No Plans For New Studio Album

System Of A Down frontman Serj Tankian tells that the band's upcoming tour with Deftones does not signal the end of SOAD's lengthy recording hiatus.

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According to, System Of A Down frontman Serj Tankian tells that the band's upcoming two weeks of East Coast tour dates with Deftones does not signal the end of SOAD's lengthy recording hiatus.

"When people are asking, 'When can we get new music from you,' I think it's the biggest compliment in the world," says Tankian. "We have not made a plan to do it as of yet. I think it's something that we'll get together at the right time when we all have that head space and do it. But, you know, it hasn't been that time yet, so I think everyone will know when it is. It's as simple as that."

During an interview with Brazil's Multishow after System Of A Down's performance at the Rock In Rio festival last October in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, the band's drummer, John Dolmayan, was asked if SOAD fans can expect to hear a new studio album from the group following their current reunion tour. "We're gonna take it day by day," he said. "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. It's gonna happen when it's right and when we can make something that tops what we've done in the past. Because we don't really wanna rest on our laurels - where what you've done in the past is what you depend on. Well, I don't wanna do that, and I know the rest of the guys don't wanna do that. Instead of resting on our laurels, we wanna throw them away and create something new and specific for this generation that they can say that's their System Of A Down."

System's last two albums, "Mezmerize" and "Hypnotize", were released in 2005.

Dolmayan previously told about System Of A Down's five-year hiatus, "I personally don't like breaks - I like to continue playing. But it was nice to go off and be John Dolmayan, as opposed to John from System, for a while. I think everybody had similar feelings."

The drummer explained that a desire to pull off the road for a while and reconnect with their lives is what led System to take an extended vacation from each other, saying, "When you're on the road and in the studio all the time, it's kind of like traveling at light speed. When you come back, it's like 20 years have passed by, and you're only one or two hours older... You're living a nomadic life, and you lose touch with people because they have grown away from you. People get older, get married, die - life is still going on."

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    I want to see a new record from them to see where their sound goes, but at the same time there's a part of me that wants them to leave it where it is. I'm just afraid of a legacy being tainted, I guess. I probably shouldn't worry; I've liked every SOAD record they've released, so their future one should be good.
    I think recording and touring really took its toll on the band. when they released Toxicity they started a whirlwind of success that they had not previously achieved (remember when Chop Suey! was everywhere?) and rode that wave through Mesmerize and Hypnotize until they exhausted themselves and had to take this hiatus just to step back and breath. Now that they're playing shows together (for the first time in 5 years), they're reconnecting as a band, and I think rebuilding one of the most important elements of being in the studio. when the time is right they'll get us an album we've all been patient for, we just have have to be patient a little longer.
    I'm waiting for an album just like they are.
    That is so drummer-like.
    I want them to make a new album as much as the next man, but they can take as long as they need. I'm still madly in love with their last five albums!
    You know, we all saw this happening. Especially since Serj's third solo album is coming out this summer, and that Scars on Broadway is planning a second studio album as well. So I'm going to guess that we will have new material from SoaD recorded by the end of 2013/early 2014 for sure. I have a hunch. Or maybe they are just joshing with us and going to release a surprise double album on us.
    Recording and touring taking a toll?!?!? You can't be serious?!?! This band is the epitome of greed. Primary reason they're hesitant to record anything new is simply because there is no financial gain in it. This band has accepted the mentality of majority of bands, "love money over making music!" Hence this reunion, milk the back catalogue before it runs dry.
    Ha how did you come to that conclusion? You really think that Serj, whose currently busy composing a symphony, is only into music for money? Considering how many years of enjoyment I've gotten out of System so far they've more than earned the right to take a god damm break to pursue whatever else they want to get out of life. Stop acting like every band ****ing owes you another album.
    Here's to hoping that after they've toured a bit they'll create some creative energy as a band and get the SAOD juices flowin' again.
    SOAD for this generation might be Stepped in the Dub. I wouldn't mind though.
    I hope this hiatus will prove benifitial rather than debilitating to SOAD's creativity and style