...will release new album DICTATOR on July 20th.
On July 23rd, Daron will give his first-ever acoustic performance during a special event at the Grammy Museum in downtown LA (click HERE for tickets/info).
On August 4th, the band will perform at the Fonda Theatre (BTW - sold out show!)
Rolling Stone just named his new song, “Lives” one of their “Songs of the Summer” – c’mon, how cool is that?
You can see the video for “Lives” HERE. The clip, about celebrating life in the face of tragedy, already has over 2 million YouTube views.
Daron also recently released the album’s blistering title track, “Dictator” - click HERE to listen. Both “Lives” and “Dictator” are available as instant downloads when pre-ordering Dictator ahead of its July 20th release on iTunes or Amazon.
Did I mention that the album’s cover art was created by Daron’s father, Vartan Malakian, who also designed the artwork for System Of A Down’s brilliant twin 2005 releases, Mezmerize and Hypnotize? Pretty sweet.
Daron actually wrote, produced and played EVERY instrument—including all vocals—himself over the course of a 10-day recording session. Who does that?
Dictator follows Daron Malakian and Scars On Broadway’s critically lauded debut, which earned a four-star review from The Guardian. Entertainment Weekly hailed its “gloriously over-the-top heaviosity” and Guitar World described it as “deliciously hooky pop with a minor-key melody worthy of The Kinks or The Zombies.” (Read: they liked it. They really liked it.)
And yes, Daron’s still in System Of A Down. The band recently announced their first U.S. shows in 3 years (they kick off in October and include a headlining slot on the Aftershock Festival).
ABOUT DARON MALAKIAN
As a member of System Of A Down, Malakian was a driving force behind 5 studio albums, which sold over 31 million copies worldwide, had three No. 1 debuts on Billboard’s Top 200 Album Chart, garnered a Grammy win and amassed a global following whose members number in the tens of millions. Together with SOAD, he’s written and recorded 7 top 10 radio hits, 2 of which were chart-topping No. 1's (2002's "Aerials" and 2005's "Hypnotize"). In 2005 the group released both Mezmerize and Hypnotize in two installments as a dual album in a single year. Each debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 and on charts around the world, achieving the rare feat of having two No. 1 albums in the same calendar year. “B.Y.O.B.” (Bring Your Own Bombs) was the first single released from Mezmerize and earned the band a Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance.