In a recent interview with Revolver Magazine, System of a Down guitarist Daron Malakian reflected on the bands that have a huge impact on his life and also brought up the musical style System of a Down has.
After their final show on August 13, 2006, in Florida, System of a Down announced that they were going on hiatus but they cheered up their fans with the reunion news in 2010. After the reunion, they had an extensive tour, including many countries. However, they haven’t released a new album since their latest one, ‘Hyptonize,’ released in 2005.
Back in 2016, drummer John Dolmayan gave clues about a possible new album but it is still not clear when they will be releasing it. Malakian had also explained that the band members had different musical perspectives, and thus, it makes it hard for them to work on new songs. Their devoted fans still wait for the good news. Maybe the album will be expected a little longer but they eventually released two songs in 2020, which stand out with their political tones.
In a recent interview, Daron Malakian revealed that Slayer’s ‘Show No Mercy’ has a special place for him as he would repeatedly listen to it while he was a teenager. He also explained the huge impact of Slayer in his life and said that he learned how to play the guitar thanks to them. He then went on to say that Slayer and the Beatles were great inspirations for System of a Down. He thinks that their music is like a combination of these bands.
Malakian explained that:
“Early stuff was happening when I was just starting to learn to play guitar. Slayer is one of the bands that taught me how to play the guitar. I would sit there and listen to ‘Reign in Blood,’ ‘Show No Mercy’ and ‘South of Heaven.’ It was like a religion to me at that time of my life — when I was like 14 years old. When System first came out, people asked me to explain our music, and I would say, ‘It’s as if Slayer and the Beatles had a baby.'”
It seems very interesting that Malakian positions System of a Down between such different styles. It looks like his musical taste is very diverse, which also manifests itself in the mixed manner of System of a Down.