Scars On Broadway Announce Debut Release, Artwork Revealed

Scars On Broadway has signed with Interscope Records and will see their self-titled debut released on July 29.

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Scars On Broadway, the long-awaited collaboration between guitarist-frontman Daron Malakian and drummer John Dolmayan, both best known for their work in the multi-Platinum-selling, Grammy-winning band System Of A Down, has signed with Interscope Records and will see their self-titled debut released on July 29.

Check out the album's cover, revealed exclusively on Ultimate-Guitar.com.

With Malakian sitting in the Scars' producer chair, he and Dolmayan entered the studio last September, recorded nearly two-dozen songs for the album, and then whittled down the final track listing to 14 songs.

Many of the Scars On Broadway songs had their genesis years ago. "I like to let my songs marinate over time, that helps determine which ones speak to me the loudest," explained Malakian. Malakian, who penned or co-penned SOAD classics such as "Aerials," "Chop Suey!," "Hypnotize," and "B.Y.O.B.", wrote the Scars songs mostly on keyboards and a drum machine. On the new scars material Malakian injects more rock than metal, citing influences from Iggy Pop to David Bowie to Neil Young.

Different from the chaotic/alt/metal sound of SOAD, the Scars tracks are more song-based and showcase Malakian's varied writing style, from the simmering rock sound of "World Long Gone" to the melodic yet desolate "Universe." On the politically-tinged "3005," Malakian proves he is still as provocative as ever with the lyric, "Let's clap our hands for the president and Jesus Christ/And don't forget Charles Manson..." And "They Say," the first track leaked to the public, is heavy, but in more of a 1970s punk fashion. Some of the other confirmed tracks include "Enemy," "Stoner Hate," "Babylon," and "Cute Machines."

Scars On Broadway has already played a handful of live shows, including Coachella 2008, where the Los Angeles Times singled them out as "one of the festival's hottest highlights." They also opened for Metallica at an L.A. benefit gig - SPIN said that their set "made it clear how little System's hiatus has dulled each man's hyperactive creativity." Scars plans to tour extensively to support the new album.

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    ChicNStu0017
    can't wait till this comes out. I have to admit though, I'm disappointed with the cover art.
    mibe
    this is article is written like a ****ing advertisement.
    Systemofacdc09
    SG Man Forever wrote: njc3190 wrote: the reason people do solo albums is to do what they personally want - daron and john are doin this for themselves not the fans and so did serj! just because theyre from SOAD doesnt mean you have to like it and most importantly its not meant to be like soad! That's all well and good, but to quote Amadeus "If the public doesn't like one's work, one muct accept the fact gracefully."
    I love you simply because you quoted Amadeus. Best movie ever.
    pucci6d6
    George W Bush wrote: I am your president and i approve this cd
    Then I reallllly don't want to listen to it. Idk how this will turn out since daron's singing, but who knows?
    qwerty_555
    Gein wrote: The cover looks pretty dodgy.
    Yeah, it looks like a dude walking out of a TV...or a microwave :S LOL still looking forward to it though.
    j-walk
    Is it me or does every album suck? According to all these reviews I read anyway.
    SG Man Forever
    njc3190 wrote: the reason people do solo albums is to do what they personally want - daron and john are doin this for themselves not the fans and so did serj! just because theyre from SOAD doesnt mean you have to like it and most importantly its not meant to be like soad!
    That's all well and good, but to quote Amadeus "If the public doesn't like one's work, one muct accept the fact gracefully."
    DP_SF_DTX_RATM
    Moggan13 wrote: Scars On Broadway, the long-awaited collaboration between guitarist-frontman Daron Malakian and drummer John Dolmayan Nein. Daron wasn't frontman. Serj is/was and always will be in my eyes personally. I'll probably buy the album anyway. Sounds good.
    eh they both played important parts, but Serj's voic is what established the band, his voice physically and mentally, he wrote all the original lyrics before Daron got all attention *****-ish and wrote a bunch of songs and starting singing too much.. SOB are ok I guess, they're basically Punk
    SG Man Forever
    I love SOAD, but "They Say" is total shit. "Malakian proves he is still as provocative as ever with the lyric, "Let's clap our hands for the president and Jesus Christ/And don't forget Charles Manson..."" That is not a provocative lyric. IT's like calling them a nazi, but not backing it up. Daron's lyrics have never been deep, and he is a less than mediocre singer. As far as his chops go, he's not terrible, but not anything to get excited about. His melodies in System were what I liked about him, but "They Say" is entirely without them. I'll probably still check it out, but my hopes are not high.
    SchitzoJoe
    Not too impressed with the album art. Looks like something I could whip up in 5 minutes with a couple Photoshop filters and a Text layer. Still should be a pretty awesome album. Been waiting for this for a while.
    Shread_6009
    Shread_6009 : George W Bush wrote: I am your president and i approve this cd to be a president you need to be elected
    to be president you need to be elected legally
    Shread_6009
    George W Bush wrote: I am your president and i approve this cd
    to be a president you need to be elected
    Jehuty
    George W Bush wrote: I am your president and i approve this cd
    UG is based in Russia. Think again.
    JRowe3388
    Moggan13 wrote: Scars On Broadway, the long-awaited collaboration between guitarist-frontman Daron Malakian and drummer John Dolmayan Nein. Daron wasn't frontman. Serj is/was and always will be in my eyes personally. I'll probably buy the album anyway. Sounds good.
    I'm sure they meant that in terms of this project.
    S.D.M.F.
    Should be, hoping it wil be, good! Serj's stuff is a bit weird.. maybe this will makeup for Systems absence.
    Eruption_Rocker
    They Say was a little disappointing for me. The song was just a little too repetitive for my taste. I just hope the album offers more. But more than that, I'd prefer the whole project canned or failed and System to return. They're like the Beatles as far as musicians go: THEY NEED EACH OTHER! SERJ, DARON, SHAVO, AND JOHN, REUNITE! I want to see at least one System show in my life. I just hope it's not too late....*puts hands together in prayer*
    CDoris
    The old punk style definitely isn't my favorite, but i'm still looking forward to hearing the album. I hope the tour comes to my area. I liked Serj's album, and i'm sure this will be good too. It's nice to see what they're like on their own, but that doesn't mean i'm not still wishing for a new SOAD album.
    Pony_Rocker
    dubleyoooo tee eff? there is no fricken way "they say" can be related to punk from the 1970's. to slow. to pussy. to well sung and well played. all nice happy intervals, no dissonance or anything. disgraceful UG
    BillyThrow
    Scars is going to be great. But they can`t beat Serjs record. It was so different to SOAD and yet it felt so familiar. But it didn`t rock so much =) SOB definitely will.
    -Madmax-
    hey i thought "they say" was kinda lame at first but it really grows on you, i bet this album will be pretty awesome, although i agree the cover is a bit mediocre in a wayy...
    Bunyip
    Chuck Norriss wrote: if this album is not good, i am going to roundhouse kick someone
    haha I heard chuck norris impregnates women simply by starring at their chest
    xXChimairaXx
    OPENED FOR METALLICA! bull. i went to the KROQ Weenie Roast and they were just on the lineup. Metallica was the final band of the night, but its not a tour. It's just one show, and plus, Metallica would never let a weak band like SOB open for them. Go back to SOAD and do us all a favor.
    schecter_r0cker
    Martindecorum wrote: serj solo was a let down for me hope this can be better and worth the sacrifice of what was great, soad
    Personaly, I loved Serj's stuff reminded me of old system, but when I heard the song S.o.B. Release I think its called they say or sumthing, I was unimpressed
    Slipyes
    Moggan13 wrote: Scars On Broadway, the long-awaited collaboration between guitarist-frontman Daron Malakian and drummer John Dolmayan Nein. Daron wasn't frontman. Serj is/was and always will be in my eyes personally. I'll probably buy the album anyway. Sounds good.
    I might be a bit late on this, but they were talking about Scars, not System. So Daron is the frontman. And by the way, I definitely look forward to this album
    Poppa Ducky
    I'm sure by the time someone gets down here they won't wanna read my comments but i'm gonna write them anyways. From my understanding Serj and Daron worked together to front SOAD. I love "They say" and I think it will be awesome if they got 5 star reviews from all their concerts this far. Oh and as much as it pains me to say this, it was a good thing they went on hiatus. I look at it like this... Breakups suck but makeup sex.... ohhhhh makeup sex.
    ticklemeemo
    Bunyip wrote: Chuck Norriss wrote: if this album is not good, i am going to roundhouse kick someone haha I heard chuck norris impregnates women simply by starring at their chest
    Sucks to be Chuck Norris then. Is the art a dude in a club with a gas mask on? Wow.
    benenov
    ihatemusic wrote: |Heretic| wrote: Question to all of you people who dislike They Say. Do you like the old punk style. If not, thats why you don't. You shouldn't judge the album by one particular track, even if it was chosen by the band to represent the album. They may have picked it for other reasons then its musical brilliance, much like Avenged Sevenfold did with theirs. It may have been released first to express a political view held by Scars. If you are going to judge the band wait until they release their full album before deciding whether they are good or not, coz you'll make a much better and more informed judgment. Where was the question?
    lol?
    Gein
    The cover looks pretty dodgy. Looking forward to this, though.
    PhoenixLivesInP
    Moggan13 wrote: Scars On Broadway, the long-awaited collaboration between guitarist-frontman Daron Malakian and drummer John Dolmayan It's talking about frontman of SoB... But, I think, Malakian was a frontman of SOAD too! Nein. Daron wasn't frontman. Serj is/was and always will be in my eyes personally. I'll probably buy the album anyway. Sounds good.
    VertigoViking
    Nein. Daron wasn't frontman. Serj is/was and always will be in my eyes personally. I'll probably buy the album anyway. Sounds good.
    he is the frontman in Scars on Broadway
    Red33
    "They say" was kind of a disappointment, so I really don't expect much from this album.
    trashbeast
    George W Bush wrote: I am your president and i approve this cd
    you're not my president.
    Grimmy101
    I'm not sure if I believe this is real. This cover hasn't been posted on any of their official websites, and I don't understand why it'd be revealed only through UG. I'm curious to see where this was taken from.