Scars on Broadway
Scars on Broadway


2.0
poor

Review

by Maximilian Harkness USER (65 Reviews)
September 3rd, 2008 | 92 replies | 21,842 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Scars On Broadway consistently fails in making competent political rock.

Scars On Broadway - Scars On Broadway

System of a Down are one of my favorite bands, as they had helped me get into music as a whole. Several things about the band appealed to me, Serj’s grandioso vocals, John’s high power drum work, and most of all, Daron’s magnificent riffing energy. Daron’s riffs weren’t complex or even technical, but they got the job done with their frenzied madness and their jaw dropping quickness. As System declined, I still loved Daron’s riffs, but his newfound vocal and lyrical contributions were mediocre at best, and god awful at their worst (Lonely Day), and Serj had been delegated to a completely minor role as half-vocalist and quarter lyricist. The balance of members had been overthrown, and later System albums would be led by noise and confusion, which would lead to the break up of the band. Serj Tankian’s solo album has been released his debut album to fairly positive reception from the public, would Daron Malakian’s solo album live up to the hype? The answer that comes from this album is a resounding no.

Daron Malakian is a relatively good guitarist, and had some nice riffs back in his System days. However, with this album, Daron’s guitar work has been dumped down to slow, bland and boring power chords. Songs like “They Say” are constructed of some of the simplest chord progressions in all of music, with “They Say” consisting of a simple of “I-VI-IV-III” structure during the verses. The closest thing to the frenzied madness of System is “Chemicals”, which switches from a medium paced verse to a frantic chorus without sounding forced. “Kill Each Other- Live Forever” feels epic, switching from melodic parts, to patriotic parts, all the way to a keyboard bridge, and captures the System feel that Daron was clearly aiming for. Other than those few examples, Daron’s guitar work feels really uninspired and lacks in complexity or even the raw effect it used to have.

As I have said, Daron’s introduction to the vocal and lyrical aspects of the band defeated part of what made the band great, Serj’s wonderful metaphors and grandioso vocals. His vocal chords are surprising, excellent on the album, with the exception of “Chemicals”, in which he mumbles in an ugly way “come eat some chemicals with me, come eat some chemicals”. On “Kill Each other- Live Forever”, Daron poses a nice, clean, and melodic vocal that can be appreciated by anyone. The lyrics, however, are still really terrible. Instead of giving you several examples and telling you immature stuff like THIS **** SUCKS, I am just going to tell you how they look overall. The lyrics sound like Daron is attempting to make Serj-like political metaphor, but trying to do that while sounding like a retarded 6th grader. The failures of Daron’s lyrics are at their worst on songs such as “Babylon”, “They Say”, and “World Long Gone”, when he actually tries to sound serious.

So why does this album warrant a review, or even a rating, much less a 2. The answer to that question is that some individual songs succeed on their own, and thus keep the album from being a complete failure. “They Say”, despite it’s short comings, is a fairly enjoyable radio rock track, sure to stir up some trouble on the radio. “Universe” is a sweet track, with plenty of complex changes throughout the song, including *gasp* a fitting solo. Despite what everyone says, Chemicals is a wonderful mixture of System’s frantic sound with a more **** rock oriented sound, along with a electronic pre-chorus that should sure choke up some unwanted fun. Serious is enjoyably silly, and was probably meant to make a few System fan boys laugh with joy. The songs are also a short length, and don’t repeat themselves too much.

Other than a few positives, Scars On Broadway fail, and sound soulless, uncreative, and unbearably generic. The album is far too disappointing for words to express, and the one thing we all loved about Vocalist/ Guitarist Daron Malalkian is gone, no longer do we are energetic guitar riffs, and now we hear generic radio power chords. At least his vocals are decent now.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
bastard
September 3rd 2008


3435 Comments


Just so everyone knows; no I am not submitting these in order, I am submitting in order of necessity of the review.

Altmer
September 3rd 2008


5652 Comments


I am not surprised, as I dislike Daron's vocals and always thought he needed to partner with Serj to be any good.

poweroftheweez
September 3rd 2008


1290 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Good review. I'd say this album was a disappointment, but I really wasn't expecting much.

Lunarfall
September 3rd 2008


3179 Comments


COME EAT SOME CHEMICALS WITH ME COME EAT SOME CHEMICALS

DeathThrashProg
September 3rd 2008


500 Comments


COME EAT SOME CHEMICALS WITH ME COME EAT SOME CHEMICALS

OH GOD PLEASE NO. ive had enough of my "flavour of the month" metalhead friends singing that
well written review. i agree 100%, love System, disliked this
edit: if you dont know what a "flavour of the month" metalhead sounds like, look no further:
http://www.sputnikmusic.com/uservote.php?memberid=235341This Message Edited On 09.03.08

Altmer
September 3rd 2008


5652 Comments


System are a brilliant band

Dulcinea
September 3rd 2008


181 Comments


not rly

IAmInsect
September 3rd 2008


3800 Comments


yeah you're definitely chan

bastard
September 3rd 2008


3435 Comments


stfu chickenfish.

DeathThrashProg
September 3rd 2008


500 Comments


Cause yeah, we totally didn't know this album sucked already. Thanks for the enlightenment!

some people can be assholes.

Dulcinea
September 3rd 2008


181 Comments


you weren't hugged much as a child were you

Erratic
September 3rd 2008


1120 Comments


I completely agree with this review.

ikarus
September 4th 2008


562 Comments


Daron's a douche for what he did to System and this album reflects it.

Burn2Burn
September 17th 2008


2378 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

This is basically just one long, boring and uninspired song. Fuck off, Daron.

bastard
September 17th 2008


3435 Comments


Exactly.

I am so tempted to give this a 1 it isn't even funny.

SpinLightTwo
September 17th 2008


1041 Comments


Chemicals is so, so, so bad.

willfellmarsy
September 17th 2008


3849 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

You guys are foolish, Serious, World Long Gone, Cute Machines, and Exploding/Reloading are all decent too good don't hate, rejuvenate

MyDirge
October 1st 2008


3 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I don't believe this was horribly atrocious. I managed to sit through the whole album, and its a far cry from what I usually listen to. It was obviously not anything special, but it also wasn't the worst thing I've heard.

trepator
October 17th 2008


8 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

C'mon, the full album is great! Look at Daron Malakian as non soad member... Judge him as non soad member... It´s difficult I know but after listening a few times we all want to hear again 3005, Babylon, Whoring Streets and Serious! Well I liked it a lot...

DeathThrashProg
October 17th 2008


500 Comments


lol...

btw i cant believe this is still counted as Metal. disgraceful



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