Dictator, an album review

An album review written by: Lee Sonogan

Scars on Broadway (2018) Alternative metal

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“Oh, I don’t need a fake savior to accuse me. Oh, I don’t need a crusader to convert me.” – Dictator, Daron Malakian and Scars on Broadway  

The long awaited second album since the first ablum published in 2008. Ten years and Scars on Broadway is back. And that is because of a lot of different reasons I intent to explain in this review. Under the record label Scarred for Life the album was released on July 20, 2018. Since then the critics are giving it an above average score in various musical reviews. Daron Malakian wrote, produced, and recorded the album over ten days in 2012.

Within days of each other the singles Lives and Dictator were released. I must have listen to them over 20 times each. The first week of sales for the song Lives on iTunes was donated to the Armenia Fund. Malakian’s Armenian father, Vartan, has contributed artwork for this album two other System of a Down albums. Speaking of System of a Down, Malakian has said the new album could have been System of a Down music, however members of the band couldn’t agree on musical direction.

Tracklist for this album:
  • Lives (Recommended)
  • Angry Guru (Recommended)
  • Dictator (Recommended)
  • Fuck and Kill (Recommended)
  • Guns Are Leaders
  • Never Forget
  • Talkin’ Shit (Recommended)
  • Til the End (Recommended)
  • We Won’t Obey
  • Sickening Wars
  • Gie Mou “My Son” (Instrumental, Stamatis Kokotas cover)
  • Assimilate (Skinny Puppy Cover) (Recommended)

Malakian said“not knowing what’s happening with System has kept me from putting my own stuff out. Too much time has passed, and I’m really excited to finally get some music out finally,”. They rebranded their name to something different on this album called Daron Malakian and Scars on Broadway. Malakian did it all and all the songs are above average. I reccomend this album to fans of SOAD and fans of Malakian.


“There’s some people that are crazy
They’ve got demons in their heads
There’s some people that are crazy
They’re my friends.” – Till the End, Daron Malakian and Scars on Broadway

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