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Daron Malakian and John Dolmayan Talk About System Of A Down Hiatus and Scars On Broadway

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Timesonline writer Robert Collins recently sat down with Scars on Broadway members Daron Malakian and John Dolmayan to discuss System of a Down's hiatus and whether the band will reunite in the near future.

"We took a break before we broke up," admits Dolmayan. "After 12 years, it's not so much that you get tired of the people you're with, it's more that you don’t have an identity. I think System will co-exist with Scars. They will probably leapfrog each other."

"I don't know Jack White," adds Malakian, the guitarist and songwriter, "but I like what he does in the White Stripes. I've only heard a couple of songs from the Raconteurs, but I liked that, too. As artists, we don't want our music to be a brand like Coca-Cola. You want to scratch those creative itches: things that you couldn’t do in certain situations. There are things in Scars that aren't in System. I love metal, but I was taking a new direction. I wanted to express the side of me that likes Roxy Music, the Beatles and the Grateful Dead."

Now that having a second band almost makes sense, musicians are leaping on the opportunity to explore new avenues with new, and old, friends. But it’s an aside from Malakian that perhaps sheds the most light on this relatively new phenomenon. With record companies under more pressure than ever before, if profitable musicians want to release music under different names, labels are in no position to dissuade them.

"Columbia wanted the record, but they let us go out and shop it anyway," Malakian explains. "And once we shopped it, we said, 'Man, we don't want to be on Columbia any more.' Columbia don’t want to burn that bridge for when System returns, so they let us do what we want."

Rumors are circulating that the band will be reuniting to represent Armenia in next year's Eurovision song contest to be hosted in Russia, but this rumor has not yet been officially confirmed by the band.

Source: SOADFans.com

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1. Vinny the Metalhead writes:

"I think System will co-exist with Scars. They will probably leapfrog each other."

I think that's a good idea, actually. Yeah, System and Scars should both co-exist.

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# Aug 28, 2008 @ 10:55 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. That_One_Guy writes:

System of a Down were great, but I couldn't stand douchebag Daron's backing vocals!

# Aug 28, 2008 @ 11:49 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. ZT writes:

Well, I hope System gets back together for a little while.....I MISSED my chance to see them back in '02.........

# Aug 28, 2008 @ 12:38 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. G writes:

If System reunites, I hope they'll make a new album.

# Aug 28, 2008 @ 2:53 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. SHREDDER13 writes:

If System reunites, I hope they'll go on hiatus again....lol...

# Aug 28, 2008 @ 3:15 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. G writes:

Hey, shut up, SHREDDER13!

# Aug 28, 2008 @ 3:41 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. Scary Jesus writes:

Ban SHREDDER13!
He sucks.

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# Aug 28, 2008 @ 3:54 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. SHREDDER13 writes:

You guys can't take a joke?....

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# Aug 28, 2008 @ 3:57 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. G writes:

OK, sorry. I just didn't realize it was a joke.

# Aug 28, 2008 @ 3:59 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. SHREDDER13 writes:

Yeah anyways, my bro listens to System.

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11. Manuel writes:

SOAD bad, SOB good

# Aug 28, 2008 @ 8:09 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. Chupacabra_hunter writes:

post 5 made me laugh

# Aug 29, 2008 @ 1:45 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. Chupacabra_hunter writes:

well,more of a chuckle really

# Aug 29, 2008 @ 1:45 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. XWigglesX writes:

Awww f*** off G and Scary Jesus. Piss off back to your faux punk bands. Listen to Green Day and System or blow my head off? Hmmm I reckon I'll go with b. LOL.
Want real political music listen to Refused. They may be dead but their messages still mean and stand for things. Not like the top 40 politics of these bands.

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15. Scary Jesus writes:

f*** off to you too, XWigglesX

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16. SHREDDER13 writes:

^ Huh?....I hope your joking with that Fall out boy song...

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17. ugly-bob writes:

don't want to be a brand like coca-cola? scars on broadway sounds like a brand name to me. there's nothing motivating me to listen to this band. daron's voice is a MAJOR turn-off for me. he was okay as BACKING VOCALS in old S.O.A.D, but when he took over majority of vocals in the songs on mez and hyp, that's where it went south for me. i prefer serj tankian's solo album, at least he has vocal talent.

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18. XWigglesX writes:

Oh good comeback there with the Fall Out Boy song. I guess you really showed me.

# Aug 29, 2008 @ 8:37 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. G writes:

Nah. Fall Out Boy ain't as great as System of a Down.

# Aug 29, 2008 @ 9:38 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. Chad writes:

And Fall Out Boy is not metal anyway.

# Aug 30, 2008 @ 1:08 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. That_One_Guy writes:

Wiggles, you like Refused? Those guys were incredible!

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22. duncan hills writes:

fallout boy is an insult to the music industry

# Aug 30, 2008 @ 1:38 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. XWigglesX writes:

I love Refused! Wish that they still existed as a band. Would have something to say on the world right now!

# Aug 30, 2008 @ 1:50 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. G writes:

"duncan hills writes:

fallout boy is an insult to the music industry"

Obviously. So are Slayer (even though I do like them), Cannibal Corpse, Limp Bizkit, Green Day or Blink-182? Some (or one) of them also happen to be an insult to the music industry.

# Aug 30, 2008 @ 1:55 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. Manuel writes:

I wish some of you could shut the f*** up about SOAD coming back. They are never coming back. Daron says so.

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# Sep 5, 2008 @ 6:09 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. Manuel writes:

Oh, and for Metalunderground's information, John's last name is Dolmayan, not Doymayan.

# Sep 5, 2008 @ 6:10 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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27. Chad writes:

Jeez, Manuel are you all done being mad about SOAD coming back?

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28. Brandon writes:

"XWigglesX writes:

I love Refused! Wish that they still existed as a band. Would have something to say on the world right now!"

So do I! I also wish that bands like Faith No More (with Mike Patton and Jim Martin), Soundgarden, Kyuss (with the Blues for the Red Sun lineup), Mercyful Fate, Saint Vitus (with Wino), and Godflesh still existed as a band. They're some of the bands I never got to see live, it would be awesome if some of them could reunite.

# Sep 6, 2008 @ 12:04 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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29. George writes:

Come on, come on. Don't give your hopes on System coming back. It will or will not happen, you never know.

# Sep 6, 2008 @ 11:47 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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30. warlockzero writes:

It will happen. They will come back for one reason and one reason alone..... MONEY!!

# Sep 7, 2008 @ 10:42 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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31. Brandon writes:

...and they're only in it for the MONEY!

# Sep 7, 2008 @ 11:04 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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32. G writes:

Hmmm... still getting my fingers crossed on System coming back.

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33. kallah writes:

Posts 1, 6, 7, 9, 11, 19, 20, 24-29, 31 and 32 are from the same person.

Quit talking to yourself.

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