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System of a Down's Daron Malakian says band members are "not enemies"

Credit: Frank MaddocksLast month featured some heavy drama in System of a Down land. But despite that, guitarist Daron Malakian says there are no hard feelings between any of the band members.

"In System of a Down, we're not enemies," Malakian tells Metal Hammer. "There's nobody in the band saying, 'I can't be in the same room with that guy.' It's nothing like that."

System of a Down, as fans are very aware, hasn't released an album since 2005's twin releases, Mezmerize and Hypnotize. When asked about the delay in a recent interview with Kerrang!, Malakian said that the reason for the lack of new music was due to creative differences between him and frontman Serj Tankian.

"It's more about...differences on how I want to move forward and how certain other members want to move forward," Malakian tells Metal Hammer. "We just can't come to an agreement with that."

Tankian then responded by saying he'd only record a new album if certain conditions were met, including a more balanced creative and financial split between the band members, which had shifted from being more-or-less equal to much more in favor of Malakian.

While new System of a Down music doesn't look to be arriving anytime soon, you can listen to Malakian's new album Dictator with his Scars on Broadway project, out now. You can also catch System on their upcoming U.S. tour, which begins in October.

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