Could new System Of A Down music be on the way in 2018?

The band are thought to be working on the long-awaited follow-up to their 2005 double album 'Mezmerize/Hypnotize'

System Of A Down frontman Serj Tankian has given fans an update on the progress of the band’s long-awaited new material.

The heavy metal band haven’t released a full-length record since 2005’s double album ‘Mezmerize/Hypnotize’, which was released a year before the four-piece initially split up. However, they reunited in 2010 and have remained an active touring unit since.

After telling fans back in July that he wasn’t optimistic about the prospect of a new album surfacing any time soon, Tankian has given another update on where System Of A Down are currently at in terms of writing new music.

Speaking to Rolling Stone, Tankian confirmed that SOAD had attempted to make an album recently – but there was still a long way to go.

“We’ve discussed it and we’ve played each other songs, but we still haven’t come eye-to-eye on how things should be done for us to be able to move forward with it,” Tankian said. “And that’s where it’s been.”

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Asked about his current relationship with his bandmates, the frontman reassured fans that they all still get along.

“That’s the funny thing. When people don’t see a record, they assume the worst about your internal relationship. But the truth is we’re actually better friends – at least I’m better friends with everyone than I’ve ever been,” he clarified.

“John [Dolmayan, drums] is my brother-in-law; he’s in my family. We have a great time together touring. But sometimes putting together a record, and that creative output and how things should be done, is different in four people’s heads and it doesn’t always come together.

“Fortunate or unfortunate, however you want to call it, that’s the truth,” he added. “But touring is easy, because you’ve done all these songs. You have fun, you go out and tour, and that’s it.”