John Dolmayan – “It’s an insult” that SOAD doesn’t make new music

System of a Down’s latest album Hypnotize was released in 2005, and since then the only other music they released was two singles in 2020, “Protect the Land” and “Genocidal Humanoidz”. In a new interview, drummer John Dolmayan

During a conversation with Sona Oganesyan, Dolmayan assured that he was happy that he was able to release both songs with the group, but that the experience made him wish that they would continue to do more.

“Because obviously we still have something to give to the world. And when you release something that really has an impact, you’re like, ‘Why don’t we do this all the time?’ And then I go down the rabbit hole of frustration and anger,” the drummer said.

“I’m a sensitive person, so I can’t just hold this stuff in – it has to come out one way or another. And it takes me a long time to deal with it and deal with it, because I I’m also realistic in that life is over, you only have a certain amount of time. And here we are,” he continued.

“We have this gift from God or elsewhere, and we squander it. It’s an insult to anyone who tries to do that in any endeavor they try. And here we are – we’ve done it, we’ve got the talent, we’ve got the ability, we’ve got an adoring fan base, we’ve sold, I don’t know, whatever – 30 million albums or more – and they have it thirsty, and we just do, “Don’t. It’s like the worst – having the ability to do something and not doing it is, I think, the worst thing in the world when it comes to the prospect of being an artist. You’re only hurting yourself.”

Dolmayan thinks the band would be able to create more music together if they were willing to “put everything aside”, which they claim to be. However, he doesn’t think that’s something his comrades will be willing to do.

Watch the full interview below.

Although the members of System haven’t officially canceled any new music in the future, Serj Tankian confirmed that they don’t plan to release anything new anytime soon during a discussion with the Loudwire Weekends host, Todd Fooks.

“Not at the moment, and when we do, you’ll be the first to know,” the singer teased.

John Dolmayan – “It’s an insult” that System of a Down doesn’t make new music anymore

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