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SAN BERNARDINO, CA - OCTOBER 13: Serj Tankian of System of a Down performs at Glen Helen Amphitheater on October 13, 2018 in San Bernardino, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for ABA)

Shavo Odadjian giveth, and now Serj Tankian seems to taketh away the glimmer of hope that System of a Down could be releasing new music soon.

After Odadjian indicated a new SOAD album could finally come out in the near future, Tankian was asked in an interview with Rolling Stone about his back-and-forth press exchange with Daron Malakian this year and about the future of SOAD and said, “I think it released a lot of tension and negativity. Everything became more public and open, and that was that. There were no further discussions.”

Tankian also said regarding his response to Malakian, “The reason I posted what I did is because I didn’t want any negative security threats against any of us, in terms of, ‘F*ck you. You’re the reason that no System record’s being made.’ For me, it was just saying, ‘Look. I’ve tried. We’ve tried. We just haven’t been able to see eye to eye. It’s not because we’re lazy. We’re still friends. We still tour.’ This is the truth.”

So, that’s that.  It seems like fans can now tuck away that hope they had this week and save it for another time.  At this point, the oddsmakers in Vegas should have some sort of wager as to who will release a new record first:  SOAD or Tool.


Erica Banas is rock/classic rock news blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock news blogger who's well versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice.