System Of A Down guitarist Daron Malakian has been busy starting a new label, EatUrMusic, and helping out Amen and Bad Acid Trip in the studio, but he’s also found time to work on songs for his band’s next album.
Malakian says he has 25 tunes written for the next effort, and he notes that the band hasn’t even heard the new material he’s creating for the follow-up to the multi-platinum Toxicity. “The band hasn’t even heard them. They’re in the stage that I’m calling just my writing stage,? Malakian said. ?That’s how I write. I juggle like 25 things at the same time, and I play all of ’em like right after each other, and I just keep writing. I’m almost writing four songs at a time sometimes and it’s just, judging from what people tell me, my approach is quite different.”
Malakian added that he can’t wait to show the guys in the band the new music, and he said System Of A Down hopes to have something released in early 2004.
The last release from the band was 2001’s Steal This Album, a collection of previously written songs that didn’t fit thematically with the band’s catalog of albums. The collection featured the song “Boom,” which director Roger Moore turned into a controversial anti-war video.
Malakian’s first signing to EatUrMusic is metal-punk hybrid, Amen, and he’s currently in the studio working on the still-untitled album in a Los Angeles studio.