System Of A Down’s Shavo Odadjian Blames Serj Tankian For Seven-Year Album Gap

In a series of surprising updates on his Facebook fan page, System of a Down bass player Shavo Odadjian lashed out at the band’s frontman, Serj Tankian, blaming the singer for the lengthy gap since the release of their last album, Hypnotize, in late 2005.

The emotional rant, which has since been deleted, even went so far as to ask fans if SOAD should consider making an album with a different singer. The following is Odadjian’s unedited message in its entirety (via Loudwire):

“ok….. Ill come clean.. Its not us(meaning Daron,John Or Shavo!! Its Sej, who doesn’ 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 too.. Sorry folks!!! we’re trying to get a new album out, its 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 soeome we have to beg to be a part of SYSTEM!! So with that in mind, what do you guys w should do? Just remember, Hes been holding us back for 7 years so far.. wanna wait another $-5 years? or shall we release a record without Serj? u tell us?????

I dont want to make a record without him… but if he’s not down? should the 3 of us just sit and wait?? Not cool!!!!!!!! i want the fans from all over the world including Brazil to tell us what they think.
No System? or System with with a new singer whos just as good if not better? PLUS new System songs and tours???? please give me ur opinion people!!! is SYSTEM better with no singer or someone who is excited to be our new singer?? you decide.. cause im confused!!!

no diss to Serj.. If he wants to be in the band then he’s welcome but if he’s not? what do you expect us 3 to do.?? we really want anorther System Record! wish Serj was down but if hes not, then im going ahead and making a System record without him!!! im furious that he let us down like this, but we gotta do something to keep this great band alive!!! agreed????????

During the band’s extended recording hiatus, Takian has released four solo albums, with plans to release two more in the coming months– Orca, a symphonic record scheduled to drop on June 25, followed by the collaborative jazz effort, Jazz-iz Christ, on July 23. Both will come out on the singer’s own Serjical Strike Records label.

After Odadjian’s scathing message was removed, System of a Down took to the band’s official Facebook page to issue the following formal statement:

“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.”

Despite the lack of new music, System of a Down are scheduled for a slew of performances this summer, including a headlining date at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on July 29.

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