Obviously this isn’t going to be as good as System of a Down. Serj Tankian (as is evident on his solo album) is the mature songwriter for System of a Down, but Daron Malakian has all the fun and energy. This is certainly an enjoyable alternative-metal album, but it’s not amazing. Sometimes the songs begin to sound similar, and thankfully the 15 tracks don’t drag on (about 45 minutes in total).
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Eventually I am comparing this with System of a Down (SOAD) as Daron and John were (maybe still are) part of the SOAD team. Moreover, Daron was the leading song writer in the band. So the question is: Is the magic there?
Compared to SOAD, It has less but still catchy riffs. The melodic backbone is there with catchy verses. It is mellower then SOAD, but still it is a guitar driven album. The song structures are less complex – without those up and down tempo changes. The songs are more straightforward. The album has a live feeling in terms of production, which I believe is one of the strengths of the LP. The mixing is very mainstream. Vocals are up in the front with guitars and the rhythm section very easy to follow. Social awareness within the lyrics…
Re-name the project as SOAD and you will definitely have a million seller in your hand. This is a very good album if you are into SOAD, but still something is missing. This is why, this is Scars on Broadway and not SOAD.
Daron has put out a great solo Cd with the drummer of System of a Down which will add catchy melodies to everyones head. He has a knack for writting catchy stuff and you can see his major influence to System. This is a great solid CD short to the point songs, some fast, some slower but all catchy. Take this CD and mix it into the new Serj solo CD and you have yourself a makeshift new System CD…. enjoy.
This is a great albut but the lyrics are simpe. The music is top notch. I’ve seen the vids on youtube and knew I was buying this album. As a bonus for me, Franky Perez is the guitarist & backing vocals, I’m a huge fan of him and his album Poor Mans Son.
Without a doubt this entire album makes up for System of a Down’s hiatus. It is the perfect complement to Serj Tankian’s “Elect the Dead” and it feels fresh and new. “Babylon”, “Stoner-Hate”, “Universe”, “Chemicals”, “Enemy” and “They Say” are probably some of the best songs on this album, a must have for any System of a Down fan, or anyone looking for something new.