System Of A Down confirm that they are not working on a new album

The band had fuelled speculation that they could be putting out new material at a recent gig

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System Of A Down frontman Serj Tankian has reiterated that the band are not working on a new album.

During an Ask Me Anything session on Reddit to promote his two new solo albums 'Orca' and 'Lazz-lz-Christ', Tankian said that a follow-up to 2005's 'Mezmerize/Hypnotize' wasn't on the cards.

When asked by a fan: "Is it true that there's a new System of a Down record in the making?" he replied curtly: "No, that is not true. A quick scan of press online will show that we have not yet agreed on a timetable for another record due to its time commitments." The fan then wrote: "Seriously I think everyone wants a new System Of A Down album. It's been too long since the last one." To which Tankian replied, "We really appreciate that, but we have to make a record when we think it's time, not anyone else."

As Spin reports, the band had ignited rumours that they were back in the studio earlier this week (July 29) during a one-off gig at Los Angeles' Hollywood Bowl. "Next time we come back here, we'll have a new fucking album," drummer John Dolmayan shouted.

Back in May, the band's bass player Shavo Odadjian said the band want to record a new album without singer Serj Tankian. In the since deleted Facebook post, Odadjian suggested that recruiting a new singer for the band in order to record a new album might be an option if it was something fans would be open to. The band later posted an official statement on their website distancing themselves from Odadjian's comments.

System Of A Down are lined up to play this year's Reading and Leeds Festivals. Click here to check the availability of Reading Festivals tickets and Leeds Festivals tickets.

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