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Daron Malakian Of System Of A Down/Scars On BroadwayGreg Watermann

Scars On Broadway Commence “Dictator” Studio Video Series


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Scars On Broadway have launched the first video in a series capturing the making of their new album, “Dictator“. The band’s mastermind, System Of A Down‘s Daron Malakian, handled all the instruments on the effort, which will be released on July 20th. Though only just now preparing to see the light of day, the effort was originally recorded six years ago and was held back in case some song ideas would go into new System Of A Down material.

While System Of A Down did write roughly fifteen new songs, the band have been unable to find themselves on the same page to record it. Malakian spoke recently with Billboard.com about that:

“It’s been tough not releasing music — and it’s not because I didn’t want to release music. I was making System my priority and holding out for something to happen there, and since that didn’t happen it just gave me more of an open door to start putting out Scars stuff and playing Scars shows, putting a new band together, everything. Not knowing and being in limbo, that’s the main reason why I waited to put these songs out. And finally putting them out now feels great.”

Malakian also discused the lack of output from both System Of A Down and Scars On Broadway saying it has been:

“…Really frustrating and a little depressing. The fans are like, ‘We want new System!’ and I’m like, ‘Well, imagine what it feels like to be me and have these songs.’ (The band) just couldn’t get it together. It’s not the right time for everybody, and yeah, that’s a little frustrating but at the same time I can’t force anybody to do anything they don’t want to do. So I’m grateful to have Scars as an outlet.” He’s also well aware that the familiar frenetic and jagged arrangements of Dictator will likely feed the appetites of those patient SOAD fans.

I mean, I write 90 percent or more of the music — the music, the songs, the lyrics, the vocals — for System Of A Down. This is what I do, so if it sounds like System, that’s probably not surprising.”

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