System of a Down Provides Status on Future Music

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Shavo Odadjian: velvet hammer management / John Klijnen, Wikimedia Commons (source: velvethammer.net) / Serj Tankian: Stuart Sevastos, CC BY 2.0, Wikimedia Commons
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It has been 18 years since we have gotten a new System of a Down album; in all that time, System of a Down has continued to play shows and even released a couple of new songs in 2020.

Year after year, there is speculation whether or not the band will announce a new album. While some members have talked about the idea of making a new record, recent news from Shavo Odadjian provides fans with quite an interesting (and unfortunate) update.

Per the bassist, not only does it appear that we will not be getting a System of a Down album any time soon, but the nu-metal band is actually on a “musical hiatus.”

While chatting with Sobre La Dosis recently, Odadjian briefly brought up news of the band being on hiatus before talking about his upcoming solo album.

Regarding new music from SOAD, Odadjian says (as transcribed by Metal Injection): “Not in the near future. We’re still on a musical hiatus/creative hiatus, but we [played] at Sick New World in Las Vegas. And I’ve got a solo record coming out very soon. That’s heavy and it’s big. It’s not hip-hop, it’s just crazy. Usually, all my side projects have been kind of hip-hop-y or electro, but I went down and wanted to do something that felt right to me from day one. That’s my DNA, so look out for the solo record.”

Earlier this year, Serj Tankian expressed interest in creating a new System of a Down album; however, John Dolmayan has also expressed frustrations toward Tankian in regard to making a record, saying “Serj hasn’t really wanted to be in the band for a long time. And quite frankly, we probably should have parted ways around 2006.”

When it comes to the future of System of a Down, do you think it is likely we will ever get a new album from the band?

Speaking of System of a Down albums, have you checked out our ranking of the band’s records from worst to best?

Shavo Odadjian interview