During a brand new interview with RollingStone.com, singer Serj Tankian was asked if he and his SYSTEM OF A DOWN bandmates are talking about making a new album at some point in the near future.
"There has been talk, and we are going to play this [upcoming U.S.] tour, come back and we're going to see where we are," he responded. "If we have songs that work for SYSTEM, if I have them and Daron [Malakian, guitar] has them. The openness is there to work together, but we haven't made any particular plans that we can announce.
Asked if he personally has written songs with SYSTEM in mind, Serj said: "I have a few that could apply, but I'm not sure until the time comes where I can actually play them for the guys and see if it's something that vibes off them."
He continued: "Right now, I'm actually focusing on a film score. It's actually a really cool score, and it's for a film based on, again, the genocide. That's all I'm dealing with right now. It's called '1915'. It's a very interesting drama that's actually shot in Los Angeles at the Los Angeles Theater, a very old and distinguished theater. It's a really, really interesting psychological thriller, modern story. It deals with denial and the psychological impacts of a genocide rather than the physical aspects of it."
SYSTEM OF A DOWN drummer John Dolmayan said in a 2014 interview that he is "not really happy with where the band is right now," indicating that it's been far too long — ten years — since they released a new album. The Pulse Of Radio asked Dolmayan what exactly has caused such a long delay. "You know, there's still some drama from the past that we've got to figure out, and the funny thing is that we get onstage, we have a great time," he said. "The last couple of tours have probably been the most fun we've ever had, but I'm a very honest guy. You know, there's problems in this band. But they're problems that can be figured out and we're in the process of doing that. We probably would have been in the studio making an album already, but for personal reasons, one of our members cant be in the studio right now. It's a positive thing, but that's all I can say on that right now."
SYSTEM OF A DOWN last released new music in 2005 with the "Mezmerize" and "Hypnotize" albums, but despite starting to tour again in 2011, the group has not shown any signs of returning to the studio.
Dolmayan said last year that he and his bandmates had been communicating "more and more," but admitted that there were still "barriers" which "we can't seem to get past."