With no sign of new System Of A Down music on the horizon, guitarist Daron Malakian has tapped into his side project Scars On Broadway to release the long-awaited sophomore album titled Dictator on July 20.
Following up from the surprise first single 'Lives' in April, the album's fierce new title track has been released, and you may (or may not) be surprised to find that it actually sounds like it could be an old SOAD track. It does make sense though; in an interview with Revolver, Daron stated that he'd been sitting on the songs from Dictator for six years, hoping to use them for a new System album which never came:
"There was this constant chatter amongst ourselves of maybe doing an album together. But enough time has passed that I don't want to wait anymore. It feels really good to let these songs loose. Honestly, almost anything that I write works for either band. What you're hearing [in the music] is my writing style. Anything that I write usually comes with those flavors."
Dictator will be the first record from the project in 10 years, and we can't wait! Have a listen below:
Listen to Daron Malakian and Scars On Broadway now.