"That Scars on Broadway would feel so new is especially understandable for Daron Malakian
, who despite his considerable contributions to System of a Down, is now stepping solely into the front for the first time with Scars. How the guitarist got here goes back to System's chart-topping albums Hypnotize
, when he was in the midst of a very prolific creative period. ""When writing for Mezmerize
, there were a lot of other things I was doing on the side with electronic stuff that I didn't think would fit in with System, more melodic, more rock-driven things,"" he says. ""That's kind of how Scars came about.""
While Scars' eponymous debut still rocks with an aggressive intensity, particularly on the opening ""Serious"" and ""Exploding/Reloading,"" both of which bring a punk energy, and the hard rock blues twang of ""Whoring Streets,"" the album is propelled by the melodic and rock tunes like ""Funny,"" a song that is a straight-forward pop-rocker in the best sense of the term, the hooky ""World Long Gone,"" and of course ""They Say."""