System of a Down's Daron Malakian Talks New Scars on Broadway Album, 'Dictator'

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It's been 10 years since Daron Malakian released the first—and only—album from his Scars on Broadway project. Which is not to say that Malakian, best known as the guitarist and co-vocalist in System of a Down, hasn’t been working on new music since then. Case in point is the new Dictator. Credited to Daron Malakian and Scars on Broadway, it’s an album that, while just seeing release, was actually recorded six years ago.

“I had the songs done, but I held onto them because I wasn’t sure what was going on with System, if we were making a record or not,” Malakian says, alluding to the fact that, while System of a Down have been playing some live dates as of late, they haven’t recorded any new music since 2005’s Mesmerize and Hypnotize albums. “We were trying to get on the same page,” he continues, “but then I got to the point where I was like, ‘I’m not just gonna sit here and hold onto this album forever. So I decided to release it and do some shows and get Scars back up and rolling again.”

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.