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.
Following this, photos of the System of a Down practice space started surfacing online. The band even recently announced a number of 2017 tour dates for Europe. Now, the band appears to be back in their rehearsal space and posted up the following videos of jam and warm up. Will this mean anything ultimately? Who knows? But it’s cool to see it happening at the very least.