According to System of a Down drummer John Dolmayan, the band should have replaced Serj Tankian in 2006.

The ‘Chop Suey’ trio hasn’t published an album since 2005’s ‘Hypnotize,’ and they went on a four-year hiatus the following year, with intermittent tours since rejoining in 2010, with charity songs ‘Genocidal Humanoidz’ and ‘Protect The Land’ due out in 2020.

Regarding the band’s current status, John told the ‘Battleline’ podcast: “To be honest, we should have split ways with him around 2006.

“I believe we should have moved on, and if Serj didn’t want to be in the band at the time, we should have done it with someone else.

“But that’s what happens when you’re dedicated and determined to make things work. You’ll put up with things that could be harmful to the band’s health.”

John stated that he and the other members of the band – bassist Shavo Odadjian and guitarist Daron Malakian – could have been better off finding a new vocalist until Serj decided to rejoin.

He went on to say: “Perhaps it would have been better if we had moved on and found another singer for an album or two and kept making music, then brought Serj back later if he wanted to.

“That would have been preferable. But, as it stands, I believe we lost 15, even 20 years of our lives waiting.”


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