System Of A Down have been largely inactive since around ’05-’06 following the releases of “Mezmerize” and “Hypnotize”. Since about 2010, they’ve reunited sporadically to perform live dates but haven’t done too much more outside of their personal endeavors. The last real word given from the band about potential future music was actually given earlier this year when frontman Serj Tankian had the following to say to Rolling Stone:
I’ve written a bunch of rock songs. We’ll see where they end up. I leave that vague on purpose because I don’t know what’s going to happen with them. Whether they become System or solo or whatever, we’ll see. Time will tell. And I’m waiting for a couple of friends of mine who have films that just got financing, so I’m waiting for them to shoot their film so I can start working on the soundtracks.
We’re communicating and trying to see if we can bring our material together. There’s definitely a lot of communication going on, a lot of back and forth. I can’t make a statement in terms of whether we’re going to have a record or not, because we haven’t gone into the studio and done it. But there’s definitely communication going on, songs being played to each other and all that stuff, so it’s good. We’ll see what happens.”
I think it would be great to create something brand new in a new direction. It would be very exciting, but everyone’s got to be on board, on the same page, and it’s got to be done in a way so that everyone is happy. If we can do that, we’ll do it.
Now, two brand new photos have surfaced online via bassist Shavo Odadjian showing drummer John Dolmayan behind the kit along with himself and guitarist Daron Malakian. Both came with the following caption, “126.96.36.199….. :). #systemofadown #letsdothis”
Obviously, this is exciting on some level. But we’ll have to wait and see what comes of it ultimately. Will it be new music or just more live shows from the band? Only time will tell.