System Of A Down Guitarist Says Chances Of New Album Are Getting Dim
System Of A Down guitarist Daron Malakian has once again said that it's unlikely the band will make new music anytime soon. The group last issued a new album in 2006.
Speaking with Consequence Of Sound, Malakian said about the chances of a new System LP, "There was a time that I was waiting and rooting for it and hoping it happens," adding, "As friends, everything is cool and I have no problems with anybody. But then as band members, we tend to have different ways of wanting to do things. And it doesn’t seem like we meet eye to eye as band members. So . . . I don’t see that happening anytime soon that we’re all going to get together and make a new System Of A Down album."
Last summer, Malakian publicly accused singer Serj Tankian of not wanting to record, with Tankian responding that creative and financial issues with Malakian led to the stalemate. In a message on Facebook, Tankian wrote that Malakian wanted to control System's creative process, take more of the publishing money and be the only band member to speak to the press.
Regarding those public remarks, Malakian said, "Me and (Serj), we’ve talked about it already through email and it’s between me and him . . . I just didn’t want to do a back-and-forth thing. He gave his point of view. I have my own point of view and my own recollections, I guess you could say, of how things went down 10, 15 years ago. But like I said, it’s not something I want to like hash out in front of the fans."
Malakian, bassist Shavo Odadjian and drummer John Dolmayan have rehearsed at least 13 new songs for System Of A Down in the past few years, with Odadjian saying that the material "tops everything we've done."