Frontman Serj Tankian recently spoke to Billboard.com stating, “We always have offers to play, from festivals and stuff, but we have not decided to do anything as of yet. We’re in touch. We talk. We call it an indefinite hiatus, and that’s how we still look at it. Nothing’s really changed.”
The hiatus of the band has stuck since 2006, but rumors quickly swirled when bassist Shavo Odadjian made a post on his Twitter page that simply said: “Are u guys ready for System???”
While System may be on an “indefinite hiatus,” Tankian is keeping more than busy. On March 9th, his live Elect The Dead Symphony CD/DVD, performed with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, can be purchased. The release will contain songs from his solo debut, Elect The Dead, as well as two previously unreleased tracks.
As for a follow-up to 2007’s Elect The Dead, it’s definitely in the works, and Tankian is shooting for a summer release. The sophomore effort is currently titled Music Without Borders and is said to take on a more electro and orchestra-jazz vibe.
Continuing his obsession with orchestral arrangements, Tankian is planning on composing music for an adaptation of the Greek play, Prometheus Unbound. While details of the project are skill sketchy, you can get a taste of Serj’s orchestra-rock by preordering Elect The Dead Symphony on iTunes. Preordering the CD will allow access to download the disc on February 23rd, two weeks before the CD/DVD package hits shelves.