There must be a serious communication breakdown in team System Of A Down.
Just this week, bassist for the iconic 00s metal legends Shavo Odadjian noted that a new album would arrive in “only a matter of time”, exciting fans with the notion that new material would be the band’s best yet.
This follows an entire year of confusion and rumour surrounding whether the band had plans to release a follow up to their 2005 effort Hypnotize.
In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, frontman Serj Tankian squashed claims surrounding whether the band were, in fact, gearing up to release new music.
“We got together to rehearse, said hi and had a conversation and just carried things forward as we’ve always done. We’ve been friends and together for 25 to 30 years. That’s a long time,” said Tankian during the chat.
“The difference between business and bands are people know when they’re working within a business, but when they’re in a band, it’s confusing because you’re also very close friends. There are times when you have to say, ‘OK, this is not working on the business end but I love you.’ With bands, you rarely see that happening.”
Tankian noted that he believes Shavo mentioned that there was attempting to quell “negative security threats” against any of the members.
“For me, it was just saying, ‘Look. I’ve tried. We’ve tried. We just haven’t been able to see eye to eye. It’s not because we’re lazy. We’re still friends. We still tour.’ This is the truth,” says the singer.
Hopefully, 2019 is a less pubically turbulent year for the band.