System Of A Down have reissued their self-titled album, “Toxicity,“ “Steal This Album!,” “Mezmerize,” and “Hypnotize” on vinyl. You can purchase those HERE.
Daron Malakian (System Of A Down, Scars On Broadway) is featured in the new episode of Ernie Ball’s “String Theory” series. The episode sees the guitarist discussing his musical upbringing, his creative process and more. He also performs pieces of music from System Of A Down and Scars On Broadway.
Prøhbtd have shared episode one of their four-part “Prøfiles” documentary series on System Of A Down’s Shavo Odadjian. The clip finds the bassist talking about the band’s early days and his brand 22Red.
During an appearance on KROQ‘s “The Kevin & Bean Show”, Shavo Odadjian talked a bit about System Of A Down’s internal struggles and the lack of new material from the group. He said if it were up to him, the band would have a new album out right now, but “it takes four to tango.” He went on to say that they “still love each other” and that he thinks their issues are “just an artistic thing.”
Odadjian said the following after being asked when the band will release a new album [transcribed by The PRP]:
“If it was my way, it would be now. But it’s not, it takes four to tango… I’m hoping—because like I said, for me, we have so much material. We have material for like the last 10-12 years. We all write. So I personally have a lot, Daron has a lot, I know Serj got a lot, but I don’t know… I don’t know what’s going on.
I’m hoping, I’m wishing, you know? We still love each other. There’s nothing… No one’s done anything wrong. No one’s angry, it’s not like someone’s done something to someone and they can’t take it back. Nothing like that’s occurred. I think it’s just an artistic thing.”
He also added the following when asked about playing with at least one member who has differing views:
“I personally do think about it always and I can’t speak for the rest of the guys, I do think about it. But I don’t hold grudges. I can’t do that. But it’s hurtful because I do want to play and I want to make music and I want to make a record and I didn’t join a band and didn’t get famous to stop playing music.
I want to play more music. But it is what it is and we’re gonna roll through the punches.”
He later continued:
“I can’t force anybody on stage. I can’t force anybody into a studio. I can’t force anyone anywhere. And it won’t be good for us either. Nothing is good for us, everything has to come natural and become what it is.”
He also added the following after one of the hosts jokingly said they should bring in the “performance enhancement coach,” Phil Towle, from Metallica‘s “Some Kind Of Monster” documentary:
“I’ve had that conversation. That would be cool, like maybe someone has to sit in the middle and be like ‘this is what it means.’ And ‘this is what he means.’ But it’s not like someone has done something. There’s no like where he could be ‘oh he did this for that reason.’…”
This news comes after Daron Malakian previously made headlines for basically saying Serj Tankian is the one standing in the way of a new System Of A Down album. Tankian then responded with a lengthy statement to offer a more detailed explanation as to why the band haven’t created new music.
Serj Tankian previously made headlines after he released a tell-all statement as a way to offer an explanation for the lack of a new System Of A Down album. Now, during an interview with Forbes, which also featured Incubus’ Brandon Boyd, Tankian said the band may actually be “better friends because [they] haven’t made a record in 12 years.”
Here’s an exchange from the chat:
“Boyd: Are you guys working on new music?
Boyd: That’s cool though.
Tankian: I don’t know if it is or isn’t. But it is what it is. The new music thing, there’s a lot of press going back and forth and I recently made a statement online, on Facebook, explaining the whole hiatus and took responsibility for it.
Boyd: When the time is right you will .
Tankian: If the time is right.
Boyd: You never want to put pressure on those kinds of processes. A little bit like, “Be brilliant now. Now!”
Tankian: It’s gotta be organic, it’s gotta feel right in every way. But also there’s no law that says a band should be together for a million years and have a million records. Actually, if you look over the years as a musicologist or a fan of music would, in any way, it’s probably regressive thinking.
Boyd: It’s true, if you feel vital, if it feels like you guys need to be together in a room then absolutely. And if it doesn’t then you shouldn’t force the issue.”
Tankian also added the following about playing live with System Of A Down:
“We really enjoy it. That’s the thing, over all these years, maybe we’re better friends because we haven’t made a record in 12 years. I think creating the record brings a lot of these intricate personality complex into writing, to the surface. But when we’re playing live we’re like, ‘Hey, how have you been? I haven’t seen you in a couple of months. How’s the family?’
And we have fun, we’re out there. It’s like playing basketball together playing a live show together. There’s no brain thing going on, it’s just enjoying it and doing it. That’s why we have a lot of fun. And we’ve become better friends because of it. Over the years touring here and there, a month here, two months. We’ve become better friends and closer with each other because of it.”
[via The PRP]
Daron Malakian recently made headlines after he essentially said Serj Tankian is the one standing in the way of a new System Of A Down album. Tankian then responded with a lengthy statement to offer a more detailed explanation as to why the band haven’t created new music. Now, John Dolmayan has decided to weigh in on the situation, saying in a way they are all to blame.
Here’s Dolmayan’s statement:
“Many theories and much speculation have circulated through the years with blame focused on one member of the band for the lack of new material, if that is true; then why is that? Every action has a cause , every reaction has a cause and the truth is, each member of the band is equally responsible for both our incredible success on our previous recordings and our unbelievable failure to get along and make music together. Not one of us, rather ALL of us are to blame. Egomania eccentricities ,megalomania-and sometimes just stupidity all play roles.
To our fans, I’m truly sorry for letting you down , to the songs that could have been-I’m sorry you haven’t.”
[via The PRP]
Serj Tankian has issued a new statement to offer an explanation for the lack of a new System Of A Down album. His comments come after Daron Malakian made headlines earlier today (July 11) after he essentially said Tankian is the one standing in the way of new music.
Here’s Tankian’s statement:
“Confessions about Soad by Serj Tankian
We are extremely lucky mofos for our fans to want a record out of our ragtag misfit of a crew after all these years, at times demanding it. This of course has led to numerous rumors about the band and our inability to make a record together coupled with he said/he said excerpts from each of our interviews in the past and present at times by sensationalism seeking media who are in no way, let’s say, changing the world for the better themselves 🙂
So I’m going to attempt to clarify things for all of our sake once and for all hopefully without vilifying anyone in the process.
It is true that I and only I was responsible for the hiatus Soad took in 2006. Everyone else wanted to continue at the same pace to tour and make records.
I didn’t. Why? For numerous reasons:
1. Artistic: I’ve always felt continuing to do the same thing with the same people over time is artistically redundant even for a dynamic outfit like ours. By that time I felt that I needed a little time to do my own work. I wasn’t discounting restarting the process with the band later.
2. Egalitarianism: When we first started out our creative input and financial revenue splits were close to equal within the band. By the time Mezmerize/Hypnotize came around we were at the diametrically opposite end on both with Daron controlling both the creative process and making the lions share of publishing not to mention wanting to be the only one to do press.
3. I wanted to leave the band before Mezmerize/Hypnotize for these developing reasons. This is why I personally don’t feel as close to the music on those records. There were songs I wanted to bring in but was hampered by unkept promises coupled by my own passivity at the time.
Time went by, we all did our own thing. My solo career gave me the confidence as a songwriter and later composer to re-visit Soad from a position of strength at first just to tour and enjoy each others’ company, which we did and do so still.
I knew they wanted to make a record, but given the past I was hesitant. At times there would be emotionally tinged outbursts by one band member or another mostly blaming me for the band’s inactivity.
After a long time thinking and processing, about 2 years ago, I went to the guys with a proposition for a way forward as a band.
I wanted to rectify the wrongs of the past and establish a way we can all be happy moving forward so I recommended the following:
1. Equal creative input: by this time I had released 5 of my own records and was a better songwriter musically and Daron was getting better as a lyricist, so I said let’s each bring in 6 songs that all band members approve fully and work on them along with songs or riffs from Shavo.
2. Equal publishing split: I personally feel that a band is an equal partnership and finances should reflect that.
3. Directors cut: whomever wrote the song makes the final decision after exhausting all types of ideas from anybody within the group. I did this because in the past, I’d bring in a song that would be morphed into an undesirable version that I myself would withdraw from consideration.
4. Develop a new concept or theme so that it’s not just a record but a full experience.
(Obviously I’m omitting many other details here like agreeing on the “sound” of a new record which we couldn’t do either as we went back and forth with songs by Daron and myself. I remember sending lots of notes on songs by Daron, mostly from his current Scars on Broadway record, most of which I didn’t consider applicable to Soad etc, they played around with some of my songs-suffice to say I think we tried).
Ultimately I had to draw a line in the sand because I knew I could never be happy going back to how things used to be within the band.
And as we couldn’t see eye to eye on all these points we decided to put aside the idea of a record altogether for the time being.
My only regret is that we have been collectively unable to give you another Soad record. For that I apologize.
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