Daron Malakian “happy” with Scars on Broadway; doesn’t see new System of a Down album “happening anytime soon”

Kevin Winter/Getty Images for ABASince a new System of a Down album continues to remain a purely theoretical proposition, guitarist/vocalist Daron Malakian has been busy with his Scars on Broadway project. Speaking with Consequence of Sound, Malakian says he’s just fine with that.

“There was a time that I was waiting and rooting for it and hoping [a new System album] happens,” Malakian says. “But…I’m kinda really happy with what I’m doing with Scars.”

SOAD hasn’t released an album since 2005. Last summer, Malakian and vocalist Serj Tankian shared public statements explaining the creative differences holding them back from making another record, though they were adamant that everyone in the band likes each other personally.

“We all get along as friends in System of a Down,” Malakian reiterates. “So as friends, everything is cool and I have no problems with anybody. But then as band members, we tend to have different ways of wanting to do things. And it doesn’t seem like we meet eye to eye as band members.”

“I never say never because you never know what happens,” he continues. “But at the same time, I don’t see that happening anytime soon, that we’re all going to get together and make a new System of a Down album.”

System does continue to play shows, and will perform at the Sonic Temple and Chicago Open Air festivals in May.

Malakian’s new Scars on Broadway album Dictator is out now.

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