During a brand new interview with Loudwire, SYSTEM OF A DOWN frontman Serj Tankian was asked when fans can expect to hear a new studio album from the reunited band. “It’s a good question and the answer is the same — we haven’t made plans of recording the new record as of yet,” he said. “When we do, everyone will know. We haven’t really discussed another record as of now with any of the guys, really. It’s something that, when it’s the right time, we’ll do it. Right now I’m busy with my own stuff and that’s gonna take me a bit, but when it’s the right time, everyone will know. I don’t even want to say there’s [a new SYSTEM OF A DOWNalbum] coming because we haven’t really talked about it. I just assume when it’s the right time, it’ll materialize, like everything else in the universe.”
On the topic of what the band’s chemistry has been like since reuniting after a lengthy hiatus, Tankian said, “We’ve had a fuckin’ blast playing all of these shows. I think we’ve played better because of it. There was new excitement in playing together and all of the shows have been really great. Everyone’s told us that we sound better than we did in 2006 when we left off, so I think it’s great. We’re having a great time doing it. We got two weeks on the East Coast in August that we’re gonna do with DEFTONES and it’s gonna be exciting. DEFTONES are great; they’re friends of ours, obviously. It’s going to be a fun tour.”
SYSTEM‘s last two albums, “Mezmerize” and “Hypnotize”, were released in 2005.
SYSTEM OF A DOWN drummer John Dolmayan previously told Straight.com about the band’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.”