Playing/doing everything singlehandedly usually means average quality unless Daron proves this wrong
Actually, I think it should be an outstanding album. In my opinion, it SHOULD be better than Mezmerize/Hypnotize. Why such a thought when there are only 40 seconds of audio available?
First, we all know that these last two albums were largely a work of Daron. Musically and vocally too (60/40). The result was astounding! This is history.
Scars released their debut album in 2008. I do not question the effort that Daron was able to put in his album, I even loved the CD, but something was missing, a special spice. Songs like Babylon and They Say remain on my mp3 player, but Cute Machines was off for a while. Moreover, critics and sales were not very favorable, as we all know. Daron takes it very personal. I remember (and I'd like to have the link if anyone is able to find it) to a very old spectacle, it must be in the very late 1990s, someone had sent a letter to Daron to tell him that his music was bad and he had screaming with rage at the show about it.
However, he canceled his tour, it was not a good period of his life. Between the stop of the tour until the last two performances he gave, he had enough time to meditate on the subject. He probably had to go through anger and sadness. When he get back on scene, I was amazed by Talking Shit, what a wonderful song. After that, SOAD was back. He had enough time to get reacquainted with its old roots, which is good in my opinion. And then came Guns are loaded. The short preview was perfect for my taste.
Edit :John Dolmayan : im not on this scars album