System Of A Down Bassist Shavo Odadjian Says New Album Is “Not Happening”
Thu, 06 Jul 2017 14:01:15
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It's been 12 years since System of a Down released their last album Hypnotize, which came only six months after the preceding record Mezmerize. However, the went on hiatus less than a year later. But now it's been almost seven years since the band reunited. As recently as last November the possibility of new material shined bright, with drummer John Dolmayan revealing the band had 15 "album-worthy" songs. It seemed like everything was going right, that is until today when bassist Shavo Odadjian explained during an Instagram livestream while being asked about the new record, "I know, I'm waiting for a new album too. It's not happening, I don't know. I don't know when it's gonna be. Not right now."
Last November, Dolmayan had told Kerrang, "I want everyone on board and feeling good about it, that's what we're trying to accomplish right now. There's a tremendous amount of pressure on us, though, because it's been 11 years — at least 12 by the time it comes out. Our playing ability is better than it ever has been and we're trying new things. 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. I'm not gonna put my name on an album I'm not 100 percent proud of."
Unfortunately, it seems like not everyone is happy with the new material or the band isn't quite ready to put it out. We, however, are going to cross our fingers, put on our headphones, and turn Toxicity up to 11, hoping this is all just a minor bump in the road. We will be sure to keep you up to date with any news regarding a new record.
Watch the Q&A below:
—The ARTISTdirect Staff