Three years after the release of their self-titled debut album, System of a Down
are heading back into the recording studio next week to begin work on their follow-up record. Joined by producer Rick Rubin (Beastie Boys
, Red Hot Chili Peppers
), who worked on the band's debut, System of a Down have some twenty-five new songs to choose from. "The new material is more melodic, but in a powerful, intense way," says guitarist Daron Malakian. "The vocal harmonies are along the lines of Pink Floyd
As yet there is no track listing and the songs have mere working titles, but they cover an interesting array of subject matter, including a song about the car "K.I.T.T." from the Eighties TV series Knight Rider
and an ode to pajamas. Lest you should think that the lighthearted subject matter and promise of melody means a softer System of a Down recording, think again. The band's also working on one song about the U.S. prison system and another about crazed fans. Malakian promises that the new record "will have all the elements of a System of a Down album." The album is expected out this summer.
Written by CHRISTINA SARACENO
for RollingStone.com News