There’s been some less than hopeful news surrounding the prospect of a new System of a Down album lately. Key points in recent history would be Serj Tankian repurposing some songs meant for SOAD, John Dolmayan expressing his doubts surrounding the new record, and Daron Malakian’s primary focus being Scars On Broadway.

However, this didn’t stop John Dolmayan and Shavo Odadjian working on “great song ideas” in the studio this weekend. You can find the photographic evidence of this below.

Unfortunately, if recent news serves as any indication, this likely isn’t being done for System of a Down at this point. Possibly another project like These Grey Men or something else entirely? Only time will tell… At least something is happening.

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