SOAD Drummer Working on Solo Album, Confirms 'Basic Structure and Beats for Eight Songs'

The yet-untitled covers album "going well," says John Dolmayan.

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System of a Down drummer John Dolmayan recently gave an update on his upcoming solo cover album, confirming the making process is heading along as planned. "Work on my as yet untitled solo/covers album is going well, we've completed basic structure and beats for eight songs so far. I'll update you as more develops," the drummer noted via Facebook. Although Dolmayan didn't specify which tracks he will be covering, he did confirm that Slayer tunes are definitely out of the question. Replying to a fan suggestion to cover the thrash titans, the drummer explained: "Slayer should never be covered, there's no way to improve their songs." John also briefly addressed the new SOAD album, simply adding that "when there is [an album] in the works, I'll mention it." With little to no updates on the new studio release, the band's fans have grown quite impatient for the four-piece to finally hit the studio. The latest SOAD studio effort, "Hypnotize," saw its release in November 2005 through American Recordings, landing at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with 320,000 units shipped in the US within the first week.

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    Pretty cool. I'll be looking into this. It's good that he's doing something now that Seri has kept him waiting for like 8 years.
    Can't wait! Maybe his solo effort and the new Scars on Broadway EP will come out around the same time!
    As awesome as it would be to have them come out, I wouldn't hold my breath for the next SOAD album, let alone Scars on Broadway
    Well SOB was supposed to release theirs last February 2013. I guess Daron and co. have all been too busy to carry it out. But it's been confirmed
    I remember when Daron said that the new SOB was gonna come out around November of 2012.. No word since that February confirmation.
    I've always loved his drumming, but it seems to go unnoticed in a band as eccentric as SOAD. Will be good to see what he comes up with on his own!
    I've always considered him to be the best musician in SOAD. Not hearing from him for such a long time has been a waste. Glad to hear
    Well, 20% the news I want to hear. Will listen to this album anyway, like his drumming
    John, actually, is the only artist that I haven't really heard outside of SOAD. This should be interesting.
    so covering a song is meant to improve it?
    Ste Ramakers
    Yeah, that comment sparks questions... I guess maybe he is referring to a personal level, like covering a song can 'amplify' the connectivity at a personal level for the artist covering it, and in turn the audience that connects to said artists..... or something and Slayer apparently already does that
    Listen to RATM's Renegades not necessarily better, but definitely fresher, and a new take on them. I love both versions of Street fighting man but RATM mixed up the stones classic to their best ability.