In a new interview with Consequence Of Sound, SYSTEM OF THE DOWN bassist Shavo Odadjian said that he believes the band will eventually get together record a follow-up to its Mezmerize and Hypnotize albums, which came out in 2005.
“I think so. I think we can. Nothing between us has happened that’s so terrible that people can’t get in the studio and work. Nothing! Everything is just [a matter of] taste, and they just gotta get in and forget the past, and kind of move forward. And I think that will happen. I’m not worried. I’m not worried at all.”
He also talked about the disagreements between Daron Malakian and Serj Tankian:
“Everything that you heard over the summer, that they kind of brought into public, was stuff that was in the past,” he said. “That stuff happened a long time ago. So, it’s like, 10 years later, something new came up, but it wasn’t really new. It was something that was really old, and they were just hashing it out. Because one person did an interview, and I guess in the interview they paraphrased his words and it came off wrong. And I read that, too, and it wasn’t like him. He wouldn’t blame anyone.
“I spoke with Daron, and he was, like, ‘Dude, I didn’t say those things. I said it this way.’ Anyway, that kind of made someone else [Serj] think something, and then that person had to tell their point of view. It was just point of views.
“We’re not even fighting. When we see each other, we’re so happy and we’re cool. It’s weird that we don’t have a new record, or many records, and it’s weird that we don’t go on world tours. We tour, but it’s so little.”
“Between you and me and this world, and to the people who read this interview, we have material that tops everything we’ve done. And that’s me telling you, honestly. I can’t wait to record that and drop it.
“It’s just a matter of time. I just hope it happens sooner than later. But we’ve written stuff together. Daron‘s brought a lot of stuff in. I’ve brought stuff to Daron and we’ve worked it out. I have so much more stuff that is ready to go out. I’ve told Daron this, too. I’ve said, ‘We’ve gotta get this done,’ and he’s, like, ‘Yeah, I’d love to.’ So, we all want to, and I think Serj is kind of doing his own thing, and I get it.”