System of a Down: 'There Are Problems in This Band'

"We probably would have been in the studio making an album already," says drummer John Dolmayan.

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System of a Down drummer John Dolmayan once again addressed the band's lack of progress on the new album, noting that the issues from the past are still looming over the four-piece.

"You know, there's still some drama from the past that we've got to figure out, and the funny thing is that we get onstage, we have a great time," he told the Pulse of Radio. "The last couple of tours have probably been the most fun we've ever had, but I'm a very honest guy.

"You know, there's problems in this band. But they're problems that can be figured out and we're in the process of doing that."

Touching on the new record matter, the drummer added (via Blabbermouth), "We probably would have been in the studio making an album already, but for personal reasons, one of our members can't be in the studio right now. It's a positive thing, but that's all I can say on that right now."

As reported, Dolmayan previously stated that he's "not happy with where the band is right now." John has also launched a new cover project Three Grey Men, kicking off a fundraiser to support an album and a tour. More info on that here.

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    I appreciate that Serj wants to do his own thing right now, but his work with SOAD is just so much better! It's been too long since I've heard the beautiful nonsensical chaos that is System. But that's just me being a selfish music fan, whatever.
    I couldn't give a shite for his solo stuff and I think the majority of people would be happy for him to pack it in so SOAD can get back to business
    As much as I love SOAD I beg to differ. 90% of his first solo album is up there alongside SOAD's biggest hits IMO.
    IMO, Scars on Broadway is the closest to that SoaD-sound that we've gotten in a long time.
    Mr. Von Eichel
    As Much As I'd love new System, I don't know if they could top Mesmerise and Hypnotise and I don't want to be disappointed ):
    top what were easily their worst albums without any doubt? should be easy!
    I always thought that BYOB was a little overrated but Mezmerize still had some pretty ground breaking material on there like Question, Revenga and Radio/Video.
    Those were awful albums. Serj needs to sing and daron needs to play guitar and sing on occasion. Their first album is still one of my favorites... Hate to see them make garbage like the last two.
    I agree. They should have just been one album, rather than two separate albums. Each album has at most three really good songs and the rest are pretty awful. Though I tend to find that it's love/hate with these two albums. Hopefully they go in a new direction from Mesmerize an Hypnotize. It's been such a long time, that it'd be surprising if they didn't go in a new direction.
    All I want for Christmas is conformation that they're officially back in the studio
    I've always seen SOAD as a modern day RATM.
    don't know why this was downvoted. They're both politically-driven bands that create music so good and unique, even people who don't agree with their views listen to them! They should do a tour together lol it would be epic
    Serj Tankian and Tom Morello both run a charity/organization. I'm too lazy to Google it, but I do know that they work together on something non-music.
    "We probably would have been in the studio making an album already, but for personal reasons, one of our members can't be in the studio right now. It's a positive thing, but that's all I can say on that right now." For some reason I don't think he's referring to Serj here. Maybe Daron is in rehab or something?
    I don't know, he said it's positive. The rehab can be considered a positive thing, if Daron is recovering well. Hope that, if this is the actaul scenario, he'll keep away from the drugs and they can solve their problems and start playing (and writing) togheter again.
    Seems like every week there's going to be an article of this guy complaining about the inactivity of SOAD...
    I am 100% sure it's Serjs ego holding them back. "Why is it his ego?" You may ask. Look at the song credits on Hypnotize/Mesmerize see who wrote the majority? It was Daron Malakian. And I frankly believe that Serj wants to be the main man behind a band or a music project hence all his work in the years after Hyp/Mez.Peoples ego are such a band killer, many good bands have broken up because they simply don't want to realize their place within their band.
    I'm willing to wait...SOAD is just one of those bands that are worth waiting on
    Also I loved "Orca" and I'd wait longer if it meant serj writing another symphony
    people need to realize that this band is over. Most importantly the people IN the band need to realize it is over.
    Keep the faith, Soundgarden finally came back
    Even Alice in Chain came back, albeit with a different singer (obviously). If that can happen, I can't see a reason SoaD won't.
    I honestly get a feeling he's referring to Daron. Besides that, I love all their solo projects but nothing tops the real thing. I hope things start going well soon