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Album Review

It wasn't a lie when System of a Down said the packaging for Mezmerize and Hypnotize would slot together. Released in November 2005, roughly six months after its counterpart, Hypnotize does indeed feature a tri-fold design. But the extra cardboard slotting's a little extraneous, as are some of the sonic parts on both albums. Truth is the motor for System's spazzy, modernist thrash. It drives the boiling rage in Hypnotize's "Attack," "Stealing Society," and "U-Fig"; on "Holy Mountain," it inspires SOAD to transform the sad facts of genocide into the album's most vicious, powerful, and arresting moment. Of course, truth also drives SOAD to make passionate, if slightly screwy, decisions: Serj Tankian's ADD sputter of "eat 'em eat 'em eat 'em eat 'em" and "banana banana banana terracotta" on Hypnotize; Mezmerize's detour into celebrity baseball game outtakes on "Old School Hollywood." These moments are head-scratchers, no doubt, but they're integral to the experience — System of a Down confound and irritate even as they rock. And it's precisely because of that weird aggression/aggravation dynamic that Mezmerize/Hypnotize is as strong a concept/double album as metal can offer in 2005.

Customer Reviews


Excuse me, this is not pop. Pop is defined as anything that pretends to be, but is not, music. This is in fact music, and good music at that. Metal ≠ Pop. No dice. Lern sum dikshunarys. That being said, buy it.

SOAD triumphs

This is a great album. Not quite as good as Mesmerize though, it's a bit harsher. 1. Attack: A fast-paced song. It's kinda weird and not as artistic. 7/10 2. Dreaming: Pretty good music. 9/10 3. Kill Rock 'n Roll: This is the best song on the album. The intro is awesome, it almost makes me cry. 10/10 4. Hypnotize: Most mainstream. It's not their best. 8/10 5. Stealing Society. Intro leaves a bit desired, but when the lyrics go in, it's great. 8/10 6. Tentative: It's okay. 7/10 7. U-fig: I don't really like this one. 5/10 8 Holy mountains: Pretty good. It's like aerials, a bit more fast-paced in the bridge. 9/10 9. Vicinity of Obscenity: Good music. Lyrics are a bit nonsensical. 9/10 10. She's Like Heroin: Almost as good as Vicinity of Obscenity. It's really musical. 8/10 11. Lonely Day: Best mainstream song. It's very sad, and it has an awesome solo. 10/10 12. Soldier Side: Great beat, and very emotional. I love it. 9/10


THERE HAVE BEEN MANY IDIOTS WRITING REVIEWS. and many have been incorect System Of a Down Aren't breaking up, but they are taking a break for a few years. I AM POSITIVE SO DONT LISTEN TO THE PEOPLE WHO SAY ARE BREAKING UP. THIS ISNT THERE LAST ALBUM. 4 this album I give it 5 stars, but dont listen to it over and over again or it will drive you crazy BEST TRACKS: Attack, Dreaming, Stealing Society, Hypnotize Oh and to the people complaining about lonely day you are just plain ret@rded. If System Tries one slow song there is no reason to freak out i meen ITS ONE SONG not a whole album. Personly I think Lonely Day is pretty good


Formed: 1995 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Like many late-'90s metal bands, System of a Down struck a balance between '80s underground thrash metal and metallic early-'90s alternative rockers like Jane's Addiction. Their dark, neo-gothic alternative metal earned a cult following in the wake of the popularity of such like-minded bands as Korn and the Deftones. Vocalist Serj Tankian, guitarist Daron Malakian, bassist Shavo Odadjian, and drummer John Dolmayan formed System of a Down in Southern California in the mid-'90s. They quickly earned...
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Hypnotize, System of a Down
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Metal, Hard Rock
  • Released: Nov 22, 2005
  • Parental Advisory

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