Serj Tankian Won't Be Bullied Into Making System of a Down Album

(Radio.com) Serj Tankian is making it clear that he will not be bullied into making a new System of a Down album. Just weeks after SOAD bassist Shavo Odadjian openly blamed the singer for the band's eight-year gap between albums, Tankian spoke out with his side of the story.

Odadjian claimed that "It's Serj who doesn't want to do a new album! (sic)," however the singer recently told Artist Direct that he, "can't write a forced record."

"It's like romancing someone at a time you don't want to be romantic," he said in the interview. "It's not even a choice. We've enjoyed touring a lot. All of the tours have been well-received. We play really tightly—probably better than we ever have. It's been cool. A new record requires three years. It's not something I can do right now. When I can commit to a three-year album cycle, I'll be down to do it."

Tankian says a busy tour schedule with his other bands has limited the amount of time he has to dedicate to new projects. "Things take time though. Everyone has a life and has to have the right frame of mind to make a record at the same time ," he said. "I've been touring with System, The FCC, and orchestras around the world. I haven't stopped. There hasn't been much time-off. I want to make sure I have time for myself and my family. Only the four of us can decide what System means. I know the fans agree that's what System is, and that's amazing." more on this story

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