System Of A Down guitarist Daron Malakian has shared a new song called “Dictator” from his recently revived side project, Scars On Broadway. The tune is the title track from the first new Scars On Broadway album in eight years, which will arrive on July 20th. “Dictator” follows on the heels of the album’s first song and video, “Lives,” which is closing in on two million views on YouTube.
Malakian told Rolling Stone that Dictator was recorded in 2012 but that he held the album back in hopes of recording a new LP with System Of A Down. With the members of System continually unable to agree on whether to make a new album, Malakian decided to take matters in his own hands, saying, “Not knowing what’s happening with System has kept me from putting my own stuff out. Too much time has passed, and I’m really excited to finally get some music out finally.”
Malakian wrote, produced, sang all vocals and played every instrument on Dictator, which was recorded over the course of a 10-day recording session. The album’s cover art was created by his father, Vartan Malakian. Daron noted, “This album has more of a System flavor to it than the first Scars on Broadway did.”
The band itself, now rebranded Daron Malakian & Scars On Broadway, has undergone a complete overhaul, with none of the members from the group’s 2008 debut — including System drummer John Dolmayan — appearing on the new songs.
Malakian has no plans to tour behind Dictator, but will hit the road with System Of A Down later this year. The latter band has not released new music in 13 years.