System of a Down‘s Daron Malakian (guitars/vocals); Serj Tankian, (vocals); Shavo Odadjian (bass); John Dolmayan (drums) have moved from their North Hollywood–based rehearsal space into a private home studio in the Hollywood Hills, and are in the final stages of pre-production for the follow up to 2002’s Steal This Album! and 2001’s Toxicity. No release date has been set.
“There is a wide array of influences in our new songs,” said Malakian, who writes and arranges most of the music. “The influences range from Kraftwerk to Dark Throne to The Zombies to the Beach Boys, but it all fits together, it works.”
System of a Down is recording the new album in a completely different way than they have with their previous releases: This time the band plans to record only the songs that will be on the final album, and is using the recording equipment in the studio to create a bridge between pre-production and the actual tracking of the new songs.
“We’ll play a song through and record it,” Malakian explained, “listen to it and decide what could make it even better – repeat a chorus, simple rearrangement, we all spark off of 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,” added Tankian about the move. “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.”
System of a Down’s 5-million-plus selling Toxicity debuted in the Number One position on the Billboard/Soundscan charts when it was released in September, 2001. The album generated four Top 10 singles, including the #1 hit, “Aerials.”
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