System Of A Down bassist asks fans if they should replace frontman Serj Tankian

Shavo Odadjian says he is 'furious' that the band have not released an album since 2005

System Of A Down‘s bass player Shavo Odadjian has said the band want to record a new album without singer Serj Tankian.

Odadjian’s vented his anger at Tankian via Facebook, alleging that the frontman cares more about his solo career than he does System Of A Down. The US band have not released an album since ‘Mezmerize/Hypnotize’ in 2005, but Tankian has released four solo albums in the same time. 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.

“OK, I’ll come clean. It’s not us (meaning Daron, John Or Shavo!) Its Serj, who doesn’t want to do a new album!” read the Facebook post. “So please stop harassing us about it!…We are just waiting for Serj. Now, he might hate me for exposing the truth but I had to. Sorry folks! We’re trying to get a new album out, it’s just not passing Serj’s rules! Kinda funny, since we started the band and now he’s holding us back! I think we should should release another album again. As for me, I’m ready to release one with someone who wants to be the singer of System. Not someone we have to beg to be a part of System. So with that in mind, what do you guys [think] should do? Just remember, he’s been holding us back for seven years so far. Wanna wait another five years? Or shall we release a record without Serj? You tell us?” Odadjian ending the update by stating: “I’m furious that he let us down like this, but we gotta do something to keep this great band alive! agreed?”

An official statement distancing the band from Odadjian’s opinions was posted later by System Of A Down. The post read: “Earlier today, Shavo posted a few statements on his personal Facebook page that do not reflect the sentiments of System Of A Down as a collective band. These were misleading statements that were made during a temporary state of bad judgment on his part alone. To be clear, the full band lineup of Serj, Daron, Shavo and John will be performing all scheduled tour dates. With respect to new SOAD music, although we have not agreed on a timetable for a new album, we all believe that having the four of us do it together is the way to be true to the band and our fans.”

System Of A Down have a full US tour scheduled for this Summer as well as European tour dates in August, including slots at the Reading And Leeds Festivals.