System of a Down's New Album Situation Just Went from Bad to Worse
Daron Malakian confirms the band and Serj Tankian "don't necessarily see eye to eye" anymore
Published May 15, 2019If you've been holding your breath for a new System of a Down album, chances are you're long dead by now. But just to stamp out some remaining shreds of hope, the band's Daron Malakian is doubling down on the straight-up fact that the group are having some serious creative differences.
In a new interview with Talk Is Jericho, Malakian once again shot down the idea of a new System of a Down album with vocalist Serj Tankian coming out anytime soon.
"System had a certain way of putting together the albums and the music, and I guess that was me writing and all that, and producing the records, along with Rick [Rubin]," said Malakian. "And Serj wants to do things a different way. And it's not just me — it's kind of three of us that don't necessarily see eye to eye with where he would wanna take the band. So that's kind of where we're at. A lot of people think it's just between me and him, and that's not really the case."
Malakian's latest comments come after he revealed last month that a new LP isn't "happening anytime soon," citing "creative differences" between the bandmates.
"In our case, that's the truth," Malakian explained. "It really is a creative-difference type of thing where a few of us wanna take the band and where someone wants to take the band in another way."
This also came in the wake of Tankian himself penning a lengthy post in 2018 saying that he was the real cause of the new album hold-up.
If it ever came, the arrival of a new album would mark System of a Down's first release as a group since Hypnotize and Mesmerize both arrived in 2005.
Listen to Malakian's Talk Is Jericho interview in full here.