Singer Serj Tankian has announced he’ll be redirecting five rock tunes he intended for the new System of a Down record to a solo project, saying in a recent newsletter:
“I have five rock songs that I wanted I do with SOAD but it doesn’t look like that’s gonna work out, so I am finishing those up to release them as a solo EP or possibly as a soundtrack for my film cause they are interrelated.”
A few weeks back, guitarist Daron Malakian said the SOAD album delay was the key reason for not releasing new material with Scars on Broadway, explaining to Revolver:
“System still plays live, and there was always this talk of maybe we’ll do something, maybe we won’t do something.
“So I was like, ‘Maybe I should save these songs.’ That’s the biggest reason why I took so long to release these songs [with Scars on Broadway]. There was this constant chatter amongst ourselves of maybe doing an album together.
“But enough time has passed that I don’t want to wait anymore. It feels really good to let these songs loose. Honestly, almost anything that I write works for either band. What you’re hearing [in the music] is my writing style. Anything that I write usually comes with those flavors.”