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i always loved how the music of DARON MALAKIAN (SYSTEM OF A DOWN, SCARS ON BROADWAY) seamlessly incorporated a genre-spanning, spastic, rapid-fire aesthetic a la MR. BUNGLE with a deep rhythmic sense rooted in the ARMENIAN musical traditions of his youth. MALAKIAN in essence made the most conservative of ROCK AND ROLL genres, that being METAL, somehow feel fresh and INNOVATIVE. he is also adroit at presenting the PERSONAL as POLITICAL, unafraid at using his pulpit to make his opinion heard. especially when it comes to issues regarding ARMENIA and its global diaspora.
in my mind MALAKIAN is one of the most INVENTIVE guitarists/songwriters of the last few decades. he is also highly UNDERRATED and is most definitely worth checking out by METALHEADS and EXPERIMENTAL music lovers alike.
i also wish SYSTEM OF A DOWN would just reunite and dominate the world again. seriously.