Daron Malakian and Scars On Broadway – Dictator


“Mezmerize” was released in may 2005 and it’s twin record “Hypnotize” came out six months later. This might be the last albums from System Of A Down, sorry to say. “Mezmerize” is one of my all time favourites and it’s definitely a classic album that I can brought up along with “The Number Of The Beast” (Iron Maiden), “Master Of Puppets” (Metallica) or even the masterpiece “Operation:Mindcrime” that put Queensryche on top of everything. But if there will be no more new music from System Of A Down their guitarplayer and singer Daron Malakian have it’s own project called Scars On Broadway. It’s now 2018 and Daron is back with the follow-up to the debut “Scars On Broadway” which saw the light back in 2008.

The new album is called “Dictator” and to be honest, it sounds a lot like the album Scars On Broadway released ten years ago. If it’s good or bad I leave for all of you to decide, but in my opinion it had been great if they had taken out the turns instead of making the same album they released ten years ago. Right now I feel a little bit grumpy here and it’s not my intention to disparage “Dictator” because when it’s good, it’s damn good. “Lives” is the opening track and this is Scars On Broadway at their absolutely best, and it’s getting even better when Daron tell us about the “Angry Guru”.

After those two songs my hope of an album that could for just a little bit be compared to “Mezmerize” is pretty high. Unfortunately the rest of the album is nowhere near the opening tracks. “Fuck And Kill”, “Guns Are Loaded” and “Till The End” represents Scars On Broadway in a decent way but it doesn’t give me that feeling I want when I’m listening to Daron Malakians music. Competent, yes. Boring, yes. Could they do better, definitely.

Artist: Daron Malakian and Scars On Broadway
Title: Dictator
Label: Scarred For Life
Date of release: 20/7-18
Playing time: 44,07
Rate: 6/10
Stand out track: Angry Guru

Johan Hagberg

Johan Hagberg

Editor & writer

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