The band decide to make their new album in a 'beautiful' new environment...

System Of A Down have started recording their new album.

The band have spent the last year in extensive pre-production for the follow-up to 2001’s ‘Toxicity’ and have now moved into a home studio in Hollywood Hills to set about recording.

Guitarist Daron Malkian explained how the sound of the new album could come as a shock. He said: “There is a wide array of influences in our new songs. The influences range from Kraftwerk to Dark Throne to Zombies to Beach Boys, but it all fits together, it works.”

System Of A Down are taking a new approach to recording this time round, planning to record only the songs that will make the final album.

Malkian said: “We’ll play a song through and record it, listen to it and decide what could make it even better – repeat a chorus, simple rearrangement, we all spark off each other. Some of the new songs have really great moments, we want to make the entire song a really great moment.

“We were ready for a change, we wanted a different vibe and we needed to progress. We’ve always recorded in traditional studios, but this was a good move. It’s a great place, it’s not sterile and there are beautiful grounds to venture into. We’re enjoying each other and the music we’re making.”

There is currently no release date set.