Over the weekend, the metal veterans took to Twitter to kickstart a mysterious countdown from three to one. Once it ended today, the artwork of an apocalyptic family beach holiday then revealed a trio of US tour dates with At The Drive In and Skeleton Witch, another another show in San Bernadino that also featured Incubus, Clutch and more:
Fans remain hopeful that this could bring news of their long-awaited sixth album ahead of more world tour dates. SOAD 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, frontman Serj Tankian revealed late last year that the band had been in the studio – but still had 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.”
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.