System Of A Down bassist Shavo Odadjian is recording a solo album with Winds Of Plague guitarist and producer Michael "MorgothBeatz" Montoya, and it'll feature at least one special guest. In an interview with Radioactive MikeZ, Odadjian said he's got Korn vocalist Jonathan Davis on the record and that he's currently 12 songs deep into the effort.
"I started this solo project with MorgothBeatz; he's my producer and he's also the guitar player for the group," said Odadjian. "And it's called Shavo, but it's heavy. I'm back to my roots — no hip-hop. I think it's the heaviest I've ever been, and it's just flowing out of me.
"We have a track with — I'm gonna say it — Jonathan Davis. I'm working on that one right now. We have the choruses and the first verse, and I'm gonna do a little breakdown, and I think we've got one. That's 12 — number 12. So we're 12 songs into the solo record. I'm very excited about that."
When asked for a potential release date, Odadjian said he's thinking either late 2023 or early 2024. Perhaps more importantly is the fact that Odadjian compared the material to System Of A Down's much-loved nü-metal classic Toxicity. Which is especially great, considering we're never getting a new System Of A Down record.
"I'm thinking late this year, early next year. I'm gonna shop it and get a label for this one. I'm not doing it on my own. I think it needs a good push, because it's what you want to hear from me. It really is. If you know what I've done in the past, then you know the songs I had a part in writing. It's a little of Toxicity all throughout this record — that kind of shit. You wanna bang your head, you wanna run in the pit, you wanna go crazy, but you wanna smile while you're doing it and not be angry."