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Scars on Broadway - Scars on Broadway
What do you get when you eliminate two members of System of a Down? Scars on Broadway. Yes, it’s that simple. After the band announced their hiatus, singer Serj Tankian released an album that sounded very much like a less powerful, less inventive version of the Armenian group o weirdos. It sounded like something that might have been better with his bandmates, and with the arrival of Scars on Broadway – the band that consists of S.O.A.D.’s Daron Malakian and John Dolmayan – that perception remains.
Because Scars On Broadway’s debut – let’s not beat around the bush here – sounds like System of a Down taking a lighter and easier tone. Less of the freaky cartoony style, more of the serious tone we heard on the last two S.O.A.D. albums.  
The main goal seems to be writing good songs here. And with tracks like 'Serious', Stoner Hate' and of course the ‘hit’ 'They Say' you could say that goal is reached here. But even though a lot of the material sounds catchy, a feeling that something’s missing here remains. It’s all good where most of the System of a Down stuff sounded great. It lacks the freshness and originality we got used to hearing from the four piece. It’s all a bit nice and friendly, very much radio friendly.
That doesn’t mean Scars On Broadway’s first disc is all bad. It’s just something that could have been a lot better. With Serj Tankian’s vocals for instance, and maybe losing a couple of lesser tracks would’ve given the album that extra oomph. Who knows. So all in all worth a listen, but the initial thought - that a reunited System of a Down would do a lot better - doesn't change afterwards.
Scars on Broadway - Scars on Broadway
69/1001Details Universal
Released on Saturday Jul 19th, 2008

Writer @Lex on Tuesday Aug 19th, 2008

Tags: #Scars on Broadway
Tracklisting 1. Serious
2. Funny
3. Exploding - Reloading
4. Stoner Hate
5. Insane
6. World Long Gone
7. Kill Each Other - Live Forever
8. Babylon
9. Chemicals
10. Enemy
11. Universe
12. 3005
13. Cute Machines
14. Whoring Streets
15. They Say
Line up Daron Malakian – Vocals&Guitar
John Dolmayan - Drums
Franky Perez - Guitar
Danny Shamoun - Keyboards
Dominic Cifarelli - Bass