Rumor of a new System of a Down album has been going around ever since photos of what looks like the band in the studio surfaced on bassist Shavo Oddadjian’s instagram. After much speculation, drummer John Dolmayan has not only confirmed that an album is happening, but has even shared a bit of the band’s intention behind their upcoming release.
“Our playing ability is better than it ever has been and we’re trying new things.” said Dolmayan in an interview with Kerrang. “We’re not trying to make ‘Toxicity’ Part II, just because it was by far our biggest album. This needs to be something for a new generation of SOAD fans, so everyone can see we’re not resting on our laurels.”
Dolmayan also disclosed that 15 songs have already been written and that the album has been underway for the last six months. “I want everyone on board and feeling good about it, that’s what we’re trying to accomplish right now.”
You may have noticed that there was no sign of vocalist Serj Tankian in the photos, which has had many concerned as to whether he’s involved with the upcoming album or not. Most are not taking his absence as any indication, however, as it is no secret that he prefers to work on his portion of the creations in the privacy of his own studio.
“Even with SYSTEM, I always wrote the songs by myself in my own studio,” Tankian said in a Rolling Stone interview earlier this year. “I would write the songs, and have the vocals, have the whole arrangement done, then I’d take it to the band. But I’d still work the song from its inception to full form by myself. This is something I’d been doing for a very long time.”
In additional news, it has been announced that System will be headlining Download Festival 2017 along with Aerosmith and Biffy Clyro. This will mark the third time that they have headlined for Download, the first time being in 2005 and again in 2011. They will also be playing at several other festivals throughout Europe next summer, their first performance being June 1 in Zurich, Switzerland. More as we learn.