System Of A Down drummer John Dolmayan has confirmed during a recent interview with LA radio station KROQ that fans can expect a new album from the band – but only when all band members agree the time is right, to ensure a quality follow-up to 2005s Mezmerize and Hypnotize.
As Dolmayan told KROQ it’s important that System Of A Down don’t re-enter the studio prematurely, less the band offer up a ‘mediocre’ album in what would currently be their first album in 7 years:
“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.
“We don’t want anyone to go in there and do it because the rest of us want to do it. We all want to do it because it’s the right thing to do for everybody. 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.”
Last year System Of A Down frontman Serj Tankian released his latest solo album, Harakiri. When speaking to Loudwire about System’s hiatus, the singer said he felt the break has made for a better live show:
“We’ve had a fuckin’ blast playing all of these shows. I think we’ve played better because of it, there was new excitement in playing together and all of the shows have been really great. Everyone’s told us that we sound better than we did in 2006 when we left off so I think it’s great, we’re having a great time doing it.”
System Of A Down will play one show at LA’s The Hollywood Bowl in July before embarking on a European tour this August.