In a recent interview with Russia’s Expert magazine, System of a Down vocalist, Serj Tankian, admitted that he was sick of vocals by stating “Screw vocals. I’m tired of it.”
He continued with: “During a conversation with a friend yesterday, I came up with an idea: before we started making music, I was mainly known as a poet and vocalist. I wrote poetry every day. It was what I did constantly, what made me release two poetry books. In fact, I came to music from words.”
He then stated: “I wrote so many lyrics that it stopped to be interesting. Not because there is nothing I want to talk or sing about. Sure, there are topics I don’t want to write lyrics to, but at least I can pull out some new emotions out of it. Poetry is always something that opens yourself up and supports self-determination. I just did it for too long. Now I am more interested in writing instrumental pieces of music.”
It’s been 12 years since SOAD’s last album, and it seems that chances for a new album are getting slimmer, but who knows? Maybe one day it will happen.