System Of A Down frontman Serj Tankian confirmed in an interview with Forbes that the band has been stalled in its attempts to record a follow-up to its 2005 Mezmerize and Hypnotize albums. Tankian said, “It is what it is. The new music thing, there’s a lot of press going back and forth and I recently made a statement online, on Facebook, explaining the whole hiatus and took responsibility for it.”
System guitarist Daron Malakian accused Tankian in an interview last month 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. Tankian remarked, “As we couldn’t see eye to eye on all these points, we decided to put aside the idea of a record altogether for the time being.”
Tankian told Forbes that the creative process has to “be organic” and “feel right in every way,” adding, “There’s no law that says a band should be together for a million years and have a million records. Actually, if you look over the years as a musicologist or a fan of music would, in any way, it’s probably regressive thinking.”
As for continuing to perform live with the band, which has some shows coming up this fall, Tankian explained, “We really enjoy it. That’s the thing, over all these years, maybe we’re better friends because we haven’t made a record in 12 years . . . Over the years, touring here and there, a month here, two months, we’ve become better friends and closer with each other because of it.”
Tankian has toured with System Of A Down over the past few years but has concentrated on solo work, soundtracks and other musical projects. Malakian, meanwhile, issued a new album last month called Dictator from his recently revived side project, Scars On Broadway.