Writer: Rhett Perez

Serj Tankian: “System of a down has some songs recorded- but can’t agree move forward”


The uncertainty of new music from System of a Down’s reunion in 2011 has been a toll on their fans, even some denying the band’s claims. Serj Tankian, the lead vocalist of the band, sat down to an interview in Rolling Stone, and discussed openly on the future of the band, his relationship with Chris Cornell, and well as the future of his own solo work in film scoring.

Tankian has confirmed that music has been written, and even practiced. The article and interview by Kory Grow has some closure finally on whether the band is at ease or not. When asked about if SOAD ever tried to record a record since 2005, Tankian replied,

“We have. We’ve discussed it and we’ve played each other songs, but we still haven’t come eye to eye on how things should be done for us to be able to move forward with it. And that’s where it’s been.”

 This is the same conclusion that has been going around, but adversely, the band is all great together, on tour and off stage. Tankian claims “When people don’t see a record, they assume the worst about your internal relationship. But the truth is we’re actually better friends – at least I’m better friends with everyone than I’ve ever been.”

The interview continues, and some of the internet controversy is taken directly to the source. Tankian made virtual boards become enraged by Tankian once apparently clearly saying “Screw Vocals,” leading to the fans assuming that Tankian disregarded vocal work and will leave System of a Down all together. With firsthand truth here is what he had to say about that as well:

“Everyone’s looking for headlines. I hate that. I hate when they take something and they just go with it. If you’re going to print that, at least send us an email asking, ‘Hey, did you say this?’ And I’d say, ‘I probably did, but it was in this context.’ At least check with me. Don’t take an interview that was translated from Russian from five months ago on the set of a film without checking.”  

Whether or not SOAD will return to the studio and create a new record or not is definitely a hot topic within the community of hard rock enthusiasts, but at least we know they all are okay with each other, even after Shavo Odadjian claiming Tankian was the problem on Facebook. The wait continues for the fans, while Tool is claiming a new release in 2018, outpacing SOAD already, so be happy prog rockers! You can read the whole interview at Rolling Stone.


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