Serj Tankian On New System Of A Down Album: “It’s Not Something I Can Do Right Now”

Rumours have long been swirling about the lack of new music from System Of A Down, with most suggesting it’s entirely the fault of charismatic frontman Serj Tankian, and the man himself has now pretty much confirmed it.

In an interview with Artist Direct, the singer said that although he’d enjoyed touring with the reformed nu metal group, a new record is not on the cards right now. “I can’t write a forced record. It’s like romancing someone at a time you don’t want to be romantic. It’s not even a choice.”

Tankian was recently embarrassed by SOAD bass player Shavo Odadjian, who let loose about his frustrations on his personal Facebook page, making accusations like, “We’re trying to get a new album out, it’s just not passing Serj’s rules! Kinda funny, since we started the band and now he’s holding us back!!” and threatening to make a record without the frontman.

But Tankian has made his position crystal clear:

“You can’t take orders. We’re not making pizza. You can’t do it on anyone else’s timeframe. A new record requires three years. It’s not something I can do right now. When I can commit to a three-year album cycle, I’ll be down to do it.”

You hear? He can’t go for that. No can do. Maybe the other SOAD members could fire Tankian, replace him with Linkin Park‘s Chester Bennington, and…

No, wait. Don’t do that. That’s not going to end well for anyone.

Gallery: System Of A Down – Entertainment Centre, Sydney 28/02/2012

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