John Dolmayan Thinks Serj Tankian Should Have Left System Of A Down Years Ago

System of a Down hasn’t made a new album for a long time, for 18 years, although the fans keep their hopes for it following the two new singles the band released in 2020. During a recent appearance on Battleline Podcast, drummer John Dolmayan addressed the problems that have held them back from making a new record.

“Serj [Tankian] hasn’t really wanted to be in the band for a long time,” the musician said. “And quite frankly, we probably should have parted ways around 2006. We tried to get together multiple times to make an album, but there were certain rules set in place that made it difficult to do so and maintain the integrity of what System of a Down stood for.”

John continued, “So we couldn’t really come together and agree. And part of that is Serj’s fault, and part of that is my fault, and Shavo’s [Odadjian] and Daron’s [Malakian] as well. But at the end of the day, if you have a majority of the band thinking one way and one person thinking the other, it’s very difficult to come together and make music thinking that person is important.”

He emphasized every band member’s role and noted, “And every member of this band is very important to the overall sound of the band. And you’ll know this by listening to anybody’s side projects; they’re never quite that good compared to System. In fact, I think a lot of them aren’t very good at all. And when you compare that to what we do together as System, you understand why the team matters and having certain talents come together and merge matter and that magic thing captured doing that matters.”

The band dropped two new songs in 2020, ‘Protect The Land’ and ‘Genocidal Humanoidz,’ despite the absence of a new album. Nevertheless, they made it clear that both were intended purely to collect money for Armenia and Artsakh during times of war. Even though they released new works, the issues between them seem really long-lasting and fundamental. Time will tell whether they will solve this and continue making new musical efforts.