SYSTEM OF A DOWN singer Serj Tankian has once again shot down reports that the band is making plans to make a new studio album.
At the conclusion of the group's concert this past Monday night (July 29) at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, California, SYSTEM OF A DOWN drummer John Dolmayan announced that the band's next appearance at the venue will be to promote a new studio CD.
"Next time we come back here, we'll have a new fucking album!" Dolmayan told the crowd after the final song of SYSTEM OF A DOWN's set, "Sugar".
While answering questions in a Reddit Ask Me Anything session earlier today (Wednesday, July 31), Tankian was asked if any progress has been made with regards to SYSTEM OF A DOWN's return to the studio.
"We really appreciate [the fact that the fans want a new studio album from us], but we have to make a record when we think it's time, not anyone else," Serj said.
"No, that is not true [that we have made plans to begin work on a new album]," he added. "A quick scan of press online will show that we have not yet agreed on a timetable for another record due to its time commitments."
Tankian also addressed the series of statements that were posted in May on SYSTEM OF A DOWN bassist Shavo Odadjian's Facebook page in which Shavo directly blamed Serj for the band's continued lack of new music, saying that the vocalist was holding the group back.
"Shavo's comments have been redacted by the author," Serj said. "The truth is above in my first answer."
He continued: 'I am not opposed to making a SYSTEM record at all. It just has to be the right time for us all in the band."
Tankian has just released two albums through his Serjical Strike Records. "Orca", Tankian's first true symphony, arrived on June 25, while July 23 saw the release of a collaborative jazz-inspired disc called "Jazz-iz Christ".
SYSTEM OF A DOWN will tour Europe throughout the month of August. After that, Tankian will launch a series of solo orchestral tour dates on September 19 in Kiev, Ukraine.