2019 American Music Awards

System of a Down Prepping New Album for Release Next Year

Frank Maddocks
System of a Down photographed in 2014.

They already have 15 songs that are "album-worthy."

It's been 11 years since System of a Down released a new album and, after splitting up in 2006 and reuniting in 2010, it seems the beloved rock band is finally preparing a new LP. 

Drummer John Dolmayan told Kerrang (via Exclaim) that the band has been working in the studio for the past six months and has 15 tracks that are "album-worthy" so far. 

"I want everyone on board and feeling good about it, that's what we're trying to accomplish right now," he said. "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."

This new album will be System of a Down's sixth studio album and first since the group released Hypnotize and Mesmerize in 2005. Among the band members, frontman Serj Tankian has been the busiest outside the quartet, having released five solo albums over the past decade. 

"Our playing ability is better than it ever has been and we're trying new things," Dolmayan said. "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. I'm not gonna put my name on an album I'm not 100 percent proud of."

System of a Down has already announced a handful of tour dates for next year, including festivals in France, Spain, Poland and more. 


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