At the height of their popularity, nu-metal rockers System of a Down were one of the most popular — and political — bands around. However, the band hasn’t released new music since 2005’s Mezmerize and Hypnotize. The band took time off from each other (it wasn’t technically a break up) to work on other things.
Lead singer Serj Tankian released some solo music, while lead guitarist Daron Malakian formed a band called Scars on Broadway, each with a limited amount of success. Now System is on the verge of releasing an entirely new album, according to drummer John Dolmayan.
In an interview with Kerrang! magazine, Dolmayan revealed that the band has 15 potential new tracks for a currently unnamed album.
“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.”
Tankian was previously quoted as saying that he wasn’t sure if any new music would fall under the System of a Down banner, especially since it’s been over a decade since they last recorded. Still, one of rock’s biggest acts getting the band back together after all these years will definitely attract some attention.