NME Festival blog: System Of A Down’s Daron Malakian says the band aren’t ‘enemies’, despite creative difference


The guitarist recently called out Serj Tankian for stopping the band from recording a new album

System Of A Down‘s Daron Malakian has said the band aren’t “enemies”, despite their creative differences.

The group went on hiatus from 2006 through 2011 but haven’t recorded a new album in the seven years since they reunited.

Malakian recently called out frontman Serj Tankian, saying he was the reason they took a five-year break, as well as being the reason why they hadn’t recorded new material since. Tankian responded, confirming the guitarist’s story was true, saying he had “always felt continuing to do the same thing with the same people over time is artistically redundant, even for a dynamic outfit like ours.”

In a new interview with Metal Hammer, Malakian has reassured fans that, despite their creative differences, they all still get along. “In System of a Down, we’re not enemies,” he said. “There’s nobody in the band saying, ‘I can’t be in the same room with that guy.’ It’s nothing like that.”

He continued: “It’s more about creative differences; differences on how I want to move forward and how certain other members want to move forward. We just can’t come to an agreement with that.”

System Of A Down last released an album in 2005 with the double LP ‘Mesmerize‘/’Hypnotize‘.

Last week, Tankian was asked about the prospect of new music from his band by Incubus’ Brandon Boyd in an interview for Forbes. The singer said: “It’s gotta be organic, it’s gotta feel right in every way. But also there’s no law that says a band should be together for a million years and have a million records.

“Actually, if you look over the years as a musicologist or a fan of music would, in any way, it’s probably regressive thinking.”



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