It’s now been 17 years since System of a Down launched a brand new studio album, and drummer John Dolmayan thinks they could have been higher off transferring on with out singer Serj Tankian on the time the band went on hiatus in 2006.
Whereas System of a Down proceed to be an lively band, enjoying sporadic reveals and releasing a pair of shock singles in 2020, the multi-platinum act’s inner conflicts have been nicely documented. A number of years again, Tankian and guitarist-vocalist Daron Malakian every opened up concerning the artistic variations that led to a dearth of recent music from the acclaimed steel band.
In the summertime of 2018, Malakian informed Kerrang! journal, “If everybody obtained collectively and was able to play ball, I’ve an album prepared. If it was as much as me, System would have by no means gone on hiatus. … To be trustworthy with you, Serj didn’t even need to make [the 2005 albums] Mezmerize and Hypnotize. We actually begged him to make these data. At the moment, he felt like he was out.”
Shortly thereafter, Tankian took duty for the band’s hiatus, writing in an open letter, “It’s true that I and solely I used to be chargeable for the hiatus SOAD took in 2006. Everybody else wished to proceed on the similar tempo to tour and make data.”
In a brand new interview with the Battleline podcast (as transcribed by Blabbermouth), Dolmayan delivered some brutally trustworthy opinions on how System ought to have proceeded, saying, “Serj hasn’t actually wished to be within the band for a very long time. And fairly frankly, we most likely ought to have parted methods round 2006. We tried to get collectively a number of instances to make an album, however there have been sure guidelines set in place that made it troublesome to take action and preserve the integrity of what System of a Down stood for.”
The drummer continued, “So we couldn’t actually come collectively and agree. And a part of that’s Serj’s fault, and a part of that’s my fault, and [bassist] Shavo [Odadjian’s], and Daron’s, as nicely. However on the finish of the day, in case you have a majority of the band pondering a method and one particular person pondering the opposite, it’s very troublesome to come back collectively and make music pondering that particular person is essential.”