System of a Down’s Daron Malakian: “As of right now, System’s not making albums.”
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Despite touring this summer, it seems System of a Down will not release new music any time soon. In a recent chat with Kerrang, guitarist Daron Malakian — who is currently promoting his Scars on Broadway solo project — indicated the 13-year wait for new System music would drag on still longer:
“I don’t really write for people, and if no-one heard what I wrote I would still write songs. It’s just what I do. If I’m not writing I feel like I’m not doing what I’m here to do. So I have a lot of music that’s still to be released in the future, whether it’s with System or Scars. I have a lot of material.
“I think the Scars stuff tends to take more of a rock direction, even though I would say there’s a lot of material on this album that I think has more of a System of a Down flavor in it than maybe the first Scars album did … As of right now, System’s not making albums, so this is the project through which I’m releasing my songs.”
If you’ve been following the ups and downs of System’s “will they or won’t they” drama over the years, Daron’s tone is consistent with everything else we’ve seen: he’s ready to go, but Serj Tankian is the hold up. While the two men can’t seem to settle on a shared creative direction for SoaD, they both continue to write music on their own, although Daron’s Scars on Broadway is decidedly more System-y sounding.
Take all that as you will, but this much is clear: no System of a Down music anytime soon. Sorry, folks.