This, according to a member of Faith No More ripoff System of a Down, drummer John Dolmayan — who, in person and in interviews I’ve done, is a super cool dude.
John was a guest on Los Angeles radio station KROQ the other day, with bassist Shavo Odadjian.
Of course, they were asked about System of a Down, and whether a new album would be forthcoming from the on-hiatus avant-metallers.
“We are going to make a new album at a certain point, it’s just a matter of when the four of us decide it’s the right time to make it,” said Dolmayan.
Four of us? I can almost guarantee you the sole holdout preventing this record from being recorded is Serj Tankian.
You’re trying to tell me the other three dudes aren’t interested in recording a new SOAD LP?
They’re fucking chomping at the bit. Serj is the one who’s stalling.
“We don’t want anyone to go in there and do it because the rest of us want to do it,” says the drummer.
“We all want to do it because it’s the right thing to do for everybody,” he emphasized. “I wouldn’t want to go in and make an album that doesn’t represent the best that we have to offer. If you force someone in the studio ahead of when they’re ready for it, then you’re probably going to make something mediocre.”
So what he’s saying is, Serj isn’t ready yet.
I’ll say this: If there’s no new record within the next two years, I’d consider System a done deal, pal.
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