So it's officially official at this point that new System of A Down won't happen for a long time. While there was some hope last year, guitarist Daron Malakian said recently that creative differences are the main holdup. Malakian also says that his new Scars On Broadway album could've very well been new System Of A Down, but too much time was going by and he wanted to use the material for something.
Well, turns out he's not the only one reappropriating SOAD music for solo material. Frontman, and possibly main holdup Serj Tankian said he's going to be doing the same. In a recent newsletter sent out to his fans, Tankian notes he's working on a new EP of songs he was working on with SOAD:
"I have five rock songs that I wanted I do with SOAD but it doesn’t look like that’s gonna work out, so I am finishing those up to release them as a solo EP or possibly as a soundtrack for my film cause they are interrelated."
Tankian also talked of scoring films, and a new autobiographical film about "finding truth and justice through music using my life and words as the vehicle."
But this basically is the final nail in the coffin of the possibility of new SOAD.
Last year, Serj to Rolling Stone and noted his relationship with the other guys in the band was great and hinted at what really is stopping the possibility of new SOAD music:
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. John's my brother-in-law; he's in my family. 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. Fortunate or unfortunate, however you want to call it, that's the truth. But touring is easy, because you've done all these songs. You have fun, you go out and tour, and that's it.
System of A Down do have some shows lined up later in the year. Maybe in a few years, we might finally get a new System album.