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Serj Tankian Says He Has No Time For New System of a Down Album

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About two weeks ago System of a Down bassist Shavo Odadjian blamed lead singer Serj Tankian as the reason that the band had not released or recorded any new music recently. We all Tankian is a busy, busy man, he has two albums coming out this summer, he plans on playing a few shows in Europe in August with System before setting off on a solo orchestral tour thru Europe, and of don’t forgot his musical paintings. So as you can see there’s a lot on his plate and he pretty much confirmed what Odadjian said a couple weeks ago, telling Artist Direct in an interview “A new record requires three years. It’s not something I can do right now. When I can commit to a three-year album cycle, I’ll be down to do it.” He added, “I can’t write a forced record. It’s like romancing someone at a time you don’t want to be romantic. It’s not even a choice.”

Tankian did not discuss Odadjian’s comment though, saying instead that “You can’t do it(make an album) on anyone else’s timeframe. You can’t take orders. We’re not making pizza.”

And it seems that Tankian has no ill will against the rest of System of a Down saying “First and foremost, they’re my partners and friends I’ve created this music and career with over these years. I’m still very thankful. To me, it’s what I’ve done. It’s where I’ve come in. It’s something I enjoy doing.”

So the most we can do for now is to keep out fingers crossed for a some new System, although with everything Tankian has going on, we might have them crossed a couple more years. But until then, there is plenty of new Tankian coming soon, including the symphony album Orca, which will be in stores June 25. You can check out the first track below, and maybe I shouldn’t tell you this, but you can already find the whole album on you tube, and while it’s not rock and roll it’s sounds pretty epic.

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