Serj Tankian says that he is in favor of putting out a collection of previously unreleased SYSTEM OF A DOWN songs.
A petition was recently launched online by fans campaigning for the band to release material left over from SYSTEM OF A DOWN's past album sessions. Serj was asked about the petition via his Patreon, and he responded (see below): "For the unreleased Soad songs ? Yes. I'm all for it. Convince everyone else"
Three months ago, Tankian said that nothing has changed with regard to SYSTEM's inability to record a follow-up to its 2005 albums "Mezmerize" and "Hypnotize".
Last year, SYSTEM guitarist Daron Malakian publicly accused Tankian of not wanting to record, with Tankian responding that creative and financial issues with Malakian led to the stalemate. In a message on Facebook, Tankian wrote that Malakian wanted to control SYSTEM's creative process, take more of the publishing money and be the only band member to speak to the press.
Asked if there have been any further discussions about SYSTEM finally returning to the studio, Serj told Billboard: "The status has not changed. We tour. We do shows together. We haven't been able to see eye to eye to continue as far as creating new music together. Maybe one day that will change, maybe that won't, but we're all close friends and we enjoy each other's company and we're like family at this point, after 25 years. We'll be announcing some new shows soon."
Earlier in the year, Serj told Rolling Stone that the public airing of his dispute with Daron didn't open up any more conversations about SYSTEM's future. "I think it released a lot of tension and negativity," he said. "Everything became more public and open, and that was that. There were no further discussions."
SYSTEM OF A DOWN played a couple of live shows in May, including headlining slots at Columbus, Ohio's Sonic Temple festival and Chicago Open Air.
The band will perform a number of European concerts in 2020, including at Finland's Provinssi and Germany's Rock Am Ring festivals.
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Dear @shavoodadjian, @johndolmayan_, and @daronmalakian We ask of you to please release the unreleased music of System of a Down. It’s probably the closest thing to new music we will get. @serjtankian is all for the music to be released. Now it is up to us as a community to convince you guys. The petition has over 1,650 signatures. Please come together and agree upon the release of the System of a Down unreleased songs from Mezmerize and Hypnotize as well as songs like Honey and Temper. Thank you for reading. You can help too by clicking the link in my bio and signing the petition! #SOAD #SerjTankian #ShavoOdadjian #JohnDolmayan #DaronMalakian #SOADTour2020 #UnreleasedSOADMusic #NewSOAD #Petition #Change #Toxicity #StealThisAlbum #Mezmerize #Hypnotize #SystemOfADown
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