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System Of A Down can't 'come eye to eye' on making new album

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System Of A Down frontman Serj Tankian has confirmed to Rolling Stone that the band has been stalled in its attempts to record a follow-up to its Mezmerize and Hypnotize albums, which came out in 2005. Tankian explained, "We've discussed it and we've played each other songs, but we still haven't come eye to eye on how things should be done for us to be able to move forward with it. And that's where it's been."

Tankian added that ironically the band members are getting along better than ever, saying, "That's the funny thing. When people don't see a record, they assume the worst about your internal relationship. But the truth is we're actually better friends -- at least I'm better friends with everyone than I've ever been."

Tankian continued, "We have a great time together touring. But sometimes putting together a record, and that creative output and how things should be done, is different in four people's heads and it doesn't always come together."

The singer also said that a recent news story in which he was quoted as saying "screw vocals" and that he was only interested in making instrumental music was taken out of context. He remarked, "Everyone's looking for headlines. I hate that. I hate when they take something and they just go with it . . . At least check with me. Don't take an interview that was translated from Russian from five months ago on the set of a film without checking."

Tankian has toured with System Of A Down over the past few years but the band has not released new music in more than a decade.

Drummer John Dolmayan revealed in a 2016 interview that the group had written music for more than a dozen new songs, but those remain in limbo.

Story source: Rolling Stone

SIDE NOTES: Tankian has two new film scores under his belt. The first, for a movie called Intent To Destroy, was released digitally via iTunes and Apple on November 17th, while the second, for a movie titled Furious: The Legend Of Kolovrat, arrived digitally on December 8th.

CHECK IT OUT: Watch trailers for Furious and Intent To Destroy, as well as a music video Tankian did for Furious with a singer called Katya Ivanchikova:

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