System Of A Down fans have been eagerly awaiting any news on the band’s long-awaited new album which would mark the first new music since 2005’s Hypnotize and Mezmerize albums.
Now, guitarist and songwriter Daron Malakian has provided fans with another update, claiming frontman Serj Tankian is the reason for the delay.
Tankian has been very vocal about the lack of new music from the band, stating that it had to “feel right”.
Back in December, bassist Shavo Odadjian assured fans that the new music will definitely be worth the wait.
Last month, Malakian clarified Odadjian’s statement saying that the bassist was referring to material he’s “been sitting on and trying to figure out” while also revealing that the LP would not be “happening anytime soon.”
Now, in an interview with Talk Is Jericho, Malakian citing “creative differences” with the band’s frontman as the reason for the album’s delay.
“System had a certain way of putting together the albums and the music, and I guess that was me writing and all that, and producing the records, along with Rick [Rubin],” Malakian says.
“And Serj wants to do things a different way. And it’s not just me—it’s kind of three of us that don’t necessarily see eye to eye with where he would wanna take the band.”
He adds, “So that’s kind of where we’re at. A lot of people think it’s just between me and him, and that’s not really the case.”
Malakian goes on to clarify that he does not hate anyone in the band and still pictures System Of A Down as family.
“In our case, that’s the truth,” Malakian says. “It really is a creative-difference type of thing where a few of us wanna take the band and where someone wants to take the band in another way. When it comes to happy holidays, Easters, birthdays, we’re all still cool, we all consider each other like a family.”
You can listen to the full interview below.
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