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New Music From SOAD?

Could the first new System Of A Down music in a decade be in the offing?

The group hasn't released an album since the 2005 double-header Mezmerize and Hypnotize, and it took a hiatus from 2006-2010, regrouping only for live shows so far. But as it prepares for its Wake Up The Souls Tour commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, drummer John Dolmayan tells us that some new music may be possible in the near future:

"As far as inspiration for writing, it's not something we were really thinking about. We do want to get together after the tour and talk about writing, but who knows? Maybe things will happen on this tour that will inspire songs. That's really for the songwriters. I'm not one of them; my inspiration comes more for the drums and when the songs are brought in."

All of the group members have launched continuing outside projects since 2006, though the group has toured several times since 2011.

The Wake Up The Souls Tour begins April 6 at the Forum in Inglewood Calif., and includes 14 dates in Europe, North and South America and Mexico into the summer, with a stop at the Rock in Rio festival Sept. 24 in Brazil. On April 23, the day before the annual worldwide observation of the genocide, SOAD will play in Yerevan for its first-ever performance in Armenia itself.


Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.