As if the speculation surrounding System of a Down’s tweets weren’t enough to lead you to conclude that the band were either A) working on a new album or B) preparing for a tour, drummer John Dolmayan confirmed to Kerrang! that the band is, in fact, working on a new album. If the semi-cryptic tweets weren’t enough, the band announced they’d be headlining Download Festival in 2017, which will also be headlined by Biffy Clyro and rock legends Aerosmith. It’ll be the third time System of a Down headlines Download, with their two previous headline appearances coming in 2005 and 2011.
In the Kerrang! interview, Dolmayan said “Our playing ability is better than it ever has been and we’re trying new things. We’re not trying to make ‘Toxicity’ Part II, just because it was by far our biggest album. This needs to be something for a new generation of SOAD fans, so everyone can see we’re not resting on our laurels.” – Toxicity, of course, is the band’s 2001 hit album that sold over 3 million copies, earning it 3x platinum certification from RIAA.
In the interview, it was also confirmed that the band has written 15 songs for the new album and that the yet to be titled album has been in the works for about 6 months. System of a Down will next perform live at Switzerland on June 1, 2017, with European festival dates to follow. I’d assume that puts the band on course for a late summer/early fall 2017 North American run, and presumably a release date prior to the European festival dates for the new album.
We’ll update this as we have more. I’d expect an album title to be revealed early next year, maybe even by the end of 2016, with the first single almost certainly coming in the first couple months of 2017. Check back for more on the new System of a Down album.