System of A Down Bassist Wants New Singer

The bassist for System of A Down, Shavo Odadjian, made a rant filled post yesterday on his Facebook page asking fans if they should give front man Serj Tankian the boot. The band hasn't released a studio album since "Mesmerize/Hypnotize" back in 2005 and Shavo says the band is ready to record but they're waiting on Tankian,

"OK, I'll come clean. It's not us (Daron, John Or Shavo!) Its Serj, who doesn't want to do a new album! So please stop harassing us about it!...We are just waiting for Serj. Now, he might hate me for exposing the truth but I had to. Sorry folks! We’re trying to get a new album out, it's just not passing Serj’s rules! Kinda funny, since we started the band and now he’s holding us back! I think we should should release another album again. As for me, I’m ready to release one with someone who wants to be the singer of System. Not someone we have to beg to be a part of System. So with that in mind, what do you guys [think] should do? Just remember, he's been holding us back for seven years so far. Wanna wait another five years? Or shall we release a record without Serj? You tell us? I'm furious that he let us down like this, but we gotta do something to keep this great band alive! agreed?"

I can't say that Shavo doesn't have a point here but at the same time it doesn't hurt to ask, is System of A Down relevant any more? There's no doubt the band made a huge impact in the world of metal when they broke on the scene but it's been over 7 years since they've released any new material. Maybe the band should just call it quits and go there separate ways. It worked once already back in 2008 when the bands guitarist, Daron Malakian, came out with his side project Scars On Broadway at the beginning of SOAD's hiatus. Scars has been dormant of late but they did have some short lived success with their singles "World Long Gone" and "They Say" from the debut album but some could also argue that the success was based on Malakian relation with System of A Down.
As for the rant, don't bother looking for it on Facebook. The band's publicist saw it and immediately had it taken down and of course that was followed up by an apology post from the rest of SOAD,

"Earlier today, Shavo posted a few statements on his personal Facebook page that do not reflect the sentiments of System Of A Down as a collective band. These were misleading statements that were made during a temporary state of bad judgment on his part alone. To be clear, the full band lineup of Serj, Daron, Shavo and John will be performing all scheduled tour dates. With respect to new SOAD music, although we have not agreed on a timetable for a new album, we all believe that having the four of us do it together is the way to be true to the band and our fans."

System of A Down is scheduled to hit the road on a summer tour in North America along with some dates in Europe later this summer. There haven't been any statements released saying whether or not the recent rant by Shavo will change any of the tour plans. 
NME has the story

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