Serj Tankian Speaks On System Of A Down’s Present Artistic Deadlock, Reveals He is Been Listening To Polyphia & Falling In Reverse

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Outdoors of the 2 new tracks System Of A Down launched for charity in 2020, the dearth of inventive output from the multi-platinum Armenian-American nü-metal band has endured since 2005. It was that 12 months when the group’s final full-length arrived, and ongoing inner conflicts inside the outfit have prevented any concerted follow-up from materializing since.

Even the aforementioned two singles weren’t fully new creations, as one had been written by the band with out Tankian‘s involvement initially, whereas the opposite was repurposed from vocalist/guitarist Daron Malakian‘s Scars On Broadway.

A number of years again now, the deadlock between the band spilled out on-line, with the traces clearly being drawn between vocalist Serj Tankian and the remainder of the group. Tankian himself sought to clear the air on the matter, publicly issuing this ‘manifesto’, which he felt may get the band again on the suitable web page studio sensible.

Primarily, Tankian needed extra collective inventive enter from the band as a complete, somewhat than counting on the contributions from Malakian, who had grown to be one of many main songwriters. Tankian was additionally searching for an equal cut up in publishing and extra inventive freedom for all concerned. Whereas the band have performed quite a few reveals since he revealed his record, it appears neither aspect is keen to budge with reference to creating new music.

As Tankian himself revealed earlier this 12 months, at one level up to now, auditions have been even held to exchange him, and have been completed so along with his blessing. The group nevertheless opted to stay as a unit with Tankian in place, seemingly confined to enjoying a string of sporadic — albeit extremely profitable — stay performances.

With shut to 6 years having handed since Tankian‘s unique record, sadly it appears little has modified. In a current interview with The Jesea Lee Present, Tankian was requested what it might at the moment take to get him and his bandmates again within the studio collectively, to which he replied (by way of Blabbermouth):

“[An] egalitarian method to every thing inside the band. [In other words] sort of extra equality when it comes to sourcing of the music, when it comes to splitting every thing, together with publishing, when it comes to concepts, when it comes to sharing the imaginative and prescient — that sort of stuff.

It’s within the e-book. We name it a manifesto jokingly as a result of I wrote factors down that, years in the past once I had some new songs that I assumed can be superb with System, and so I performed it for the blokes. And I stated, ‘Guys, I’ve acquired an concept of a imaginative and prescient, a distinct means ahead that I believe can be very useful for the band.’ And I introduced it — we name it a manifesto within the e-book nearly half jokingly, however bringing a manifesto to rock musicians is… [Laughs] I assume it doesn’t work — it doesn’t work.

However I used to be making an attempt to instill the identical kind of egalitarian ideas as I like as an activist inside no matter I do. And at the moment, it didn’t work, however perhaps it should at some point. We’ll see.”

The e-book he mentions is after all his current memoir ‘Down With The System‘, which was revealed final month. Elsewhere within the chat, Tankian mentioned a few of the newer artists he’s been listening to as of late, citing Polyphia and Falling In Reverse as getting current spins from. He revealed that he been turned onto them by an undisclosed pal and described their music as, “actually fascinating.”



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