Sound — 9
From System to Scars, Daron Malakian has made the best quality metal that has left people awed, excited, raged or disturbed. The music he and his fellow band mates write is very unique with both haters and lovers of it. Daron and Serj Tankian(system of a down) both have brought meaning to the world of Nu Metal, and even though they have gone on possibly a "permanent hiatus", they continue to make their stage-raging music to the max.
Lyrics — 8
Scars On Broadway's lyrics are a bit different than that of SOAD's. System focused on putting hidden meanings to their songs, and using their work as a message of what they believe. Daron has gone on another way of writing his music. By writing to the tone or aggression of their songs, Scars On Broadway's lyrics fit perfectly for putting people in the mood they want them in. Plus, from Daron's unique voice, it's not just some regular guy singing with the same old Sevendust kind of band. His high-pitched voice and highly excited songs are a perfect match.
Overall Impression — 9
Malakian has been able to create a sound for Scars that is so unique it's uncomparable. Scars music sounds very metal, dark, and rock n' roll when you hear it. But the surprise is that they do not distort the guitars very much at all. This is a very uncommon thing to see in a metal/rock band such as this. Songs like "Stoner Hate", "They Say", and "Serious" are perfect examples of how dark these guys can make their music sound without a ****load of effects put on the tracks. And the soft songs they have, such as "Funny", "3005", and "Whoring Streets" all are great songs that you have to hear to believe. The only thing you may not like about this album, is you may have to listen to it a few times to start to get a feel for it. It is a new style of music, but once you hear Scars on Broadway's first album, you'll only be wanting the second.