System of a Down Are “Very Unlikely” to Release a New Album

Serj Tankian from System of a Down performing at the DownLoad Festival, Donnington Park, UK, 09 June 2017. Photo by Olly Stabler/REX/Shutterstock (8861925aj)

We may as well stop hoping for a new album of System of a Down. According to the group’s drummer John Dolmayan, the chances of this happening are “very unlikely.”

System of a Down released their last studio album Hypnotize, back in 2005. Since then, the band has been touring the world from time to time but failed to debut any new music. They reportedly had sessions in the studio, but couldn’t make it fruitful due to creative differences.

Dolmayan recently talked about the process with Let There Be Talk podcast and delivered some bad news. 

“I find it very unlikely. I’m not even sure I wanna do it anymore,” said Dolmayan. “It’s just so much drama. In a lot of ways, I’m just over it.”

Dolmayan also addressed the rumors that guitarist Daron Malakian and vocalist Serj Tankian are the ones who are holding things up.

“It’s not just Daron and Serj. It takes four people to make this band, and it takes four people to unmake it,” he added. “I think that we’re all to blame. I could just blame Daron and Serj, because, quite frankly, they’re the primary songwriters, so it’s easy to.”

You can check out Dolmayan’s appearance on Let There Be Talk in full below.

Shortly after releasing Hypnotize, System of a Down went on hiatus that lasted until 2010. Since then, the group occasionally reunited for live shows and tours with the latest one scheduled for the summer of 2020.