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Daron Malakian On A New SOAD Album: It’s Not That Simple… I Wish It Was”

System Of A Down’s Daron Malakian on the band’s unexpected comeback – and if their new songs opened the door” for a full album.

Though we’ve long heard about the members of System Of A Down not being able to put their differences aside for a new record, Daron Malakian has yet again addressed the matter following the release of their two new songs, Protect The Land and Genocidal Humanoidz.

When asked by Matt Everitt on BBC Radio 6 Music if creating this new material opened the doors for a new System Of A Down album”, the guitarist/vocalist replied, It’s not that simple, I guess – I wish it was. It should be… it should be. But it gets a little bit more complicated than that. I don’t wanna get into like, Well, it’s this person and that person…’ ”

Read this: System Of A Down: Every album ranked from worst to best

Focussing on the new SOAD songs, Daron explained, We did this for a noble reason, and we did this for the right reasons. We didn’t make any money off this – everything we’ve made from these songs we’ve donated straight into Armenia Fund.

So it wasn’t like a money grab, it wasn’t trying to get fame and attention and, Hey, we’re gonna break the internet’ – nothing like that. It was totally for the noble reason of – our country needs us. And that was really the driving force and the motivation for this – it wasn’t really about, Wow, we’re so excited to do a new System Of A Down record again.’ ” 

However, Daron added that after everything happened so smoothly” with the band this time around, I personally do walk away and say it’s a shame that certain things can’t come together to make that happen, let’s just say.”

System Of A Down will headline next year’s Download Festival alongside KISS and Biffy Clyro. Get your tickets now.

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Posted on November 16th 2020, 12:34p.m.
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