The words every System of a Down fan has longed to hear since 2006 have finally been spoken. Now that we know a new album is going to happen — the question is when?
System of a Down played the gigantic Brazilian music festival Rock in Rio on Sunday (Oct. 2nd). After the gig, Multishow caught up with drummer John Dolmayan and asked him about the possibility of a new album from the recently reformed quartet. John gave the cautious but re-assuring response:
“We’re gonna take it day by day. We still have a few more shows to do in South America — we’re playing in Buenos Aires and we’re playing Santiago, so we’re looking forward to that. And then we’re gonna home. We don’t generally work during Christmas and New Year’s — that’s a time for our family and stuff — so we’ll be home for the next three or four months. And then Serj [Tankian, vocals] takes off and goes to New Zealand for a couple of months — he lives part time in New Zealand. And then I think he’s got another solo album coming out next summer. So you might see System touring next summer, you might not. But for the people who are waiting for an album — I know there’s a lot of people waiting for an album; I’m waiting for an album just like they are. It’s gonna happen when it’s right and when we can make something that tops what we’ve done in the past. Because we don’t really wanna rest on our laurels — where what you’ve done in the past is what you depend on. Well, I don’t wanna do that, and I know the rest of the guys don’t wanna do that. Instead of resting on our laurels, we wanna throw them away and create something new and specific for this generation that they can say that’s their System of a Down.”