Scars on Broadway (album)

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Scars on Broadway
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Studio album by Scars on Broadway
Released July 29, 2008
Recorded 2007-2008
Sunset Sound Studios
Los Angeles, CA
Steakhouse Studio
North Hollywood, CA
Genre Alternative metal, experimental rock
Length 45:04
Label Interscope
Producer Daron Malakian
Singles from Scars on Broadway
  1. "They Say"
    Released: March 28, 2008[1]
  2. "World Long Gone"
    Released: September 8, 2008
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 73/100[2]
Review scores
Source Rating
AbsolutePunk (66%)[3]
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[4]
The Aquarian Weekly (C-)[5]
Kerrang! 5/5 stars
Rock Sound 7/10 stars
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars

Scars on Broadway is the 1st studio album by Scars on Broadway, a band consisting of System of a Down members Daron Malakian and John Dolmayan. The album contains fifteen tracks, all written by Malakian.

The album opened at #17 on the Billboard 200 with 24,000 copies.[6]

As of April 2010, the album has sold 83,000 copies in the US.[7]


Writing and recording process

On what direction his album will take, Malakian states:

"It will probably be something very heavy mixed in with traditional Armenian and thrash, death, doom, black and dark metal influences. When, or even if, the music comes out, it will still be structured, just like System of a Down's music is."

This electronic idea was demonstrated in all 2005 concerts in which Malakian, instead of merely singing the chorus to the song "Sugar" or "War?," as well as "Old School Hollywood" from Mezmerize, distorted his voice electronically with a Vocoder. Daron, in a recent interview, has said that the sound will be influenced by classic rock such as David Bowie, Brian Eno, Yes, Neil Young, and Roxy Music. Malakian has shifted his songwriting away from SOAD's frazzled metal to more song-based work. "I don't feel we're the mosh-pit band," says Malakian. "That's just where I'm comfortable as a writer right now."

Scars on Broadway began recording on September 27, 2007. For the recording of their debut album, the two will be "accompanied by some great musicians."[8] On December 6, 2007, the drum tracks for the album had been finished and the band moved into the next stage of recording.[9] On July 25, the band released a teaser for the album featuring the song "Babylon"[10]

The band has released "They Say" as their first airplay single. It was accompanied by a video that was shot and released in late June.[11]

The song "Enemy" contains a part of the System of a Down song unofficially referred to as "Drugs", a live-only song that Daron would often play in between songs.

Track listing

All tracks written by Daron Malakian.

No. Title Length
1. "Serious" 2:08
2. "Funny" 2:55
3. "Exploding/Reloading" 2:15
4. "Stoner Hate" 2:00
5. "Insane" 3:07
6. "World Long Gone" 3:16
7. "Kill Each Other/Live Forever" 3:05
8. "Babylon" 3:56
9. "Chemicals" 3:13
10. "Enemy" 3:03
11. "Universe" 4:15
12. "3005" 2:54
13. "Cute Machines" 3:03
14. "Whoring Streets" 3:01
15. "They Say" 2:48
Total length: 45:04


Charts (2008) Peak
Australian ARIA Albums Chart 43
Swedish Albums Chart 54
German Albums Chart 23
UK Albums Chart 41
Billboard 200 17
Austrian Albums Chart 22
Finnish Albums Chart 14
French Albums Chart 88
Dutch Albums Chart 83
New Zealand Albums Chart 26
Swiss Albums Chart 58


Scars on Broadway is:


  1. ^ They Say Digital release on May 27 2008 :: SOADFans :: The Official UnOfficial System Of a Down Site!
  2. ^ "Scars on Broadway". Metacritic. 
  3. ^ "Scars on Broadway - Scars on Broadway - Album Review". AbsolutePunk. 
  4. ^ "Scars on Broadway - Scars on Broadway". Allmusic. 
  5. ^ "Scars On Broadway: Scars On Broadway". The Aquarian Weekly. 
  6. ^ "BLABBERMOUTH.NET - SCARS ON BROADWAY's Debut Lands In Billboard's Top 20". Retrieved 2012-03-08. 
  7. ^ "BLABBERMOUTH.NET - SCARS ON BROADWAY Announces Comeback Show". Retrieved 2012-03-08. 
  8. ^ Scars on Broadway website
  9. ^ Scars on Broadway (System of a Down) Announce Live Debut
  10. ^ YouTube - Scars On Broadway - Babylon Album Teaser
  11. ^ Scars on Broadway to release a new single July 8 :: SOADFans :: The Official UnOfficial System Of a Down Site!
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