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

Scars On Broadway Release “Angry Guru” Video, Reveal Which Song Nearly Became A System Of A Down Track


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Scars On Broadway have released an animated ‘visualizer’ video for their track “Angry Guru” off their latest album, “Dictator“. The band are led by System Of A Down‘s Daron Malakian, who was recently interviewed by Heavy Consequence. As Malakian has revealed in past interviews, the 10-year wait in-between Scars On Broadway‘s self-titled debut and last year’s “Dictator” was in part due to him holding onto material to potentially use with System Of A Down.

During the aforementioned new interview, Malakian reveals that the Scars On Broadway track “Lives” could have become a System Of A Down track, had the band been able to work through inner disputes. Speaking on the eventual fate of “Lives“, he offered:

“Well, I’m the main writer for System Of A Down, so when there’s talk about maybe making an album, a lot of that kind of comes down on my shoulders to produce that album. And so the ‘Dictator‘ album along with a lot of other material that I have — I mean my writing works for System Of A Down or Scars On Broadway. They both kind of have my style of writing there.

So, I kind of waited to see what was happening with System Of A Down, to see if we were going to do an album, we may need some of these songs. So, I just kind of held onto them. So yeah, I thought certain songs on ‘Dictator‘ might’ve worked with System Of A Down, and we actually rehearsed the opening track (“Lives“) live with System Of A Down once or twice, thinking of releasing that as a System song, but we just never did.”

Despite the band’s inner struggles spilling over to the public last year, a new album from System Of A Down appears to be no closer to becoming a reality. While the band have toured since that spat of sorts, it would appear it did little to break the band’s deadlock behind the scenes. Malakian commented of that:

“Honestly, I don’t think the fans really give a shit why we’re not making an album, but I think a lot of the fans just want an album. Like, for example, I’m a Van Halen fan. When David Lee Roth and Van Halen split up, I didn’t really care why. I was just sad that they split up and I wanted another Van Halen album.

I think I just didn’t want to do anything that was going to be a back and forth. I think maybe there might’ve been some backlash. I think Serj might’ve been getting some backlash from fans and felt like he wanted to express himself. Me and him, we’ve talked about it already through email and it’s between me and him. But from my end, I just didn’t want to do a back-and-forth thing. He gave his point of view.

I have my own point of view and my own recollections, I guess you could say, of how things went down 10, 15 years ago. But like I said, it’s not something I want to like hash out in front of the fans.”

He also weighed in on the possibility of System Of A Down ever potentially putting out a new album:

“There was a time that I was waiting and rooting for it and hoping it happens, but … I’m kinda really happy with what I’m doing with Scars. We all get along as friends in System Of A Down. So as friends, everything is cool and I have no problems with anybody.

But then as band members, we tend to have different ways of wanting to do things. And it doesn’t seem like we meet eye to eye as band members. So, I never say never because you never know what happens. But at the same time, I don’t see that happening anytime soon that we’re all going to get together and make a new System Of A Down album.”

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