Scars on Broadway (album)

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Scars on Broadway
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, progressive rock
Length 45:04
48:44 (Japan)
50:42 (iTunes)
51:08 (Best Buy/UK)
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%)[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 debut 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]

Album[edit]

Writing and recording process[edit]

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[edit]

All songs written and composed 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
Japanese Edition
No. Title Length
16. "Hungry Ghost"   3:29
iTunes Edition
No. Title Length
16. "Scars on Broadway" (Instrumental) 2:50
17. "They Say" (Music Video / Pre-Order Only) 2:48
Best Buy Bonus DVD / UK Edition
No. Title Length
1. "The Making of "They Say" (video) 3:10
2. "They Say" (music video) 2:54

Charts[edit]

Charts (2008) Peak
position
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

Personnel[edit]

Scars on Broadway is:

  • Produced by: Daron Malakian
  • Engineered by: Dave Schiffman
  • Additional Engineering and Editing by: John Silas Cranfield
  • Recorded @ Sunset Sound Studios: North Hollywood, California
  • Assisted by: Clifton Allen
  • Additional Recording @ Steakhouse Studio: North Hollywood
  • Mixed by: Ryan Williams @ Pulse Recording: Los Angeles, California
  • Mastered by: Eddy Schreyer @ Oasis Mastering: Burbank, California
  • Worldwide Representation: Velvet Hammer Music and Management Group
  • Legal Representation: Jon Blaufarb
  • Business Management: David Weise & Jacob Jackel for David Weise & Associates, Inc.
  • A&R for Interscope: Martin Kierszenbaum and Ben Gordon
  • Additional Performances by: Franky Perez and Danny Shamoun
  • Artwork by Vartan Malakian
  • Cover and Inlay Art by Sandra Cand
  • Package Design by Brandy Flower

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