A article written by: Lee Sonogan
“How do I feel? What do I say? Fuck you, it all goes away. How do I feel? What do I say? In the end it all goes away,”. – Sugar – System of a down
If you did not know, System of a down is one of my favourite bands. Definitely my favourite singer. Serj Tankian and the other band members Daron Makakian, Shavo Odadjian and John Dolymayan are all good musicians. It’s been nearly 12 years at this point since System Of A Down has done a new album, but the wait for new material has finally come to an end! not yet.
In an interview with Kerrang! Magazine, by way of Lambgoat, System Of A Down drummer John Dolmayan says the band currently has about 15 new tracks written for a new album. The band has recently been posting a lot of teases on social media of them jamming and, now we can assume practicing new material. This was reinforced by the band booking live dates, but now we know that isn’t the only thing that’s been going on.
I’d assume we can expect a 2017 release, given Dolmayan’s math. It’ll be interesting to hear the new material considering how long it’s been since the band’s last release, and the portrayal of the political climate in the world right now in Serj’s lyrics. Speaking of Serj, the man himself tells LA Weekly that he’s not 100% sure that the new stuff will be System Of a Down music.
“We’re going to get together and see if that’s going to be System music or not. And who the fuck knows? If it is, great, and if it’s not, then great.”
So Serj says maybe, Dolmayan says yes. Dolmayan’s statement seems extremely definitive. Twelve years after Hypnotize debuted and hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, we still have no new System to listen along to. In a new interview, Dolmayan lays out the current internal workings of System, claiming the new jams they’ve been working on “match or beat anything” they’ve done before.
“We’ve been in the studio for the past year and we’ve put together about fifteen songs so far that I think match or beat anything we’ve done in the past,” the drummer says. “I don’t make those kinds of claims without having something to back it up. We’re better than we’ve ever been, we’re tighter than we’ve ever been, we know what we’re doing and the songs are there,”.
Dolmayan also shot down speculation of tension between band members being the primary cause of System’s slow momentum. “The funny thing is we all get into the studio, everybody’s getting along great. We have a blast on the road,” Dolmayan shares. “If I had my way we would have put out five albums in the last twelve years. And I think we’re really doing a disservice to ourselves cause you only have a finite amount of time, you know?”.
SOAD’s recent tour has seen the band play headline slots at Download festival and Rock Werchter.“With an unrelenting 28 songs, System Of A Down barely paused for breath as they ripped through an onslaught of speed-metal insanity,” wrote NME of their Rock Werchter headline show. “Once calm and distant pockets of the crowd erupt into circle pits for ‘Suite-Pee’ and ‘Prison Song’ before the dark humour of ‘Violent Pornography’ showcases their unique playful side. Naturally ‘Chop Suey’ and ‘Toxicity’ prove to be the centre-pieces of the set,”.
So as you have just read, there is some interesting hype for this album. I am personally excited to hear what they got. If they come to Australia after the release, I will be there. Seeing them in Melbourne would be sick. Even though you may not see them live, you should check out System of a down and see what there all about. Then maybe you will be as keen as me to listen to their new stuff.
“Yet you feed us lies from the table cloth. Everybody’s going to the party have a real good time. dancing in the desert blowing up the sunshine,” – B.Y.O.B – System of a down