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Mezmerize

System of a Down Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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Mezmerize + Hypnotize (Digi) (W/Spec Pack) + Toxicity
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1. Soldier Side - Intro
2. B.Y.O.B.
3. Revenga
4. Cigaro
5. Radio/Video
6. This Cocaine Makes Me Feel Like I’m On This Song
7. Violent Pornography
8. Question!
9. Sad Statue
10. Old School Hollywood
11. Lost in Hollywood

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'Mezmerize', is part of a two CD. Disc One of the 2-disc set 'Mezmerize/Hypnotize'. Disc Two, 'Hypnotize', is expected to be released late this fall. "B.Y.O.B.," the first single from the new album, is already a Top 10 track at Rock/Alternative radio. Columbia. 2005.

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Four CD's and nearly ten years into their career, System of a Down continue to be the Gilbert and Sullivan of this generation, delivering razor-sharp political commentary via beautiful, quirky melodies and discordant harmonies.

The group has mastered the ability to be both successful and subversive--with 2001's Toxicity selling over six million copies and debuting at number one on the Billboard charts, their success in indisputable. As far are their subversive-ness, the lyrical content on Mezmerize is a solid stream of anti-war, anti-corporate and anti-celebrity sentiment. The disc's first single proves as beautifully schizophrenic as anything the band has released. "B.Y.O.B." opens with guitarist Daron Malakian's rapid-fire riff, then frontman Serj Tankian's anti-war screams of "Why do they always send the poor?"; less than a minute later, a nearly-surreal jump to a facetiously perky, beach party chorus that could easily be found on a Britney or Justin record: "Everybody's going to the party/have a real good time." Guitarist/co-songwriter Malakian takes increased vocal time on the disc, including the hilarious, size-obsessed "Cigaro" and celeb-slapping "Radio/Video". Witticism aside, musical and lyrical intensity peaks with the operatic "Question!" and the emotional piledriver that is "Sad Statue", the group¹s unflinching statement on war and Lady Liberty.

The only shortcoming of Mezmerize is, quite simply, that it is short. Clocking in at a mere 38 minutes, the reason given is that this release is one-half of a two CD set--with part 2, Hypnotize, expected in late fall 2005. --Denise Sheppard


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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! Aug. 1 2005
By Erik
Format:Audio CD
I have been a fan of SOAD since Toxicity came out 4 years ago. I then aquired their other albums ever since. They are hard to categorize...metal, thrash, progressive..whatever. In my opinion this is they're best effort to date. I've been eagerly awaiting this for along time and I'm not disappointed. I was pleasantly suprised how melodic and alternatively hard this album is. It just shows they're amazing range and depth. The lyrics are political, and sometimes weird as previously mentioned by another reviewer, but never boring. I'm looking forward to the second half, "Hypnotize", coming out this fall.
This album and the follow-up have been a painfully long time in coming, but well worth the wait. If you are a SOAD fan you'll love this album and if you haven't heard them, check it out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Album, Looking Forward To Hypnotize May 18 2005
Format:Audio CD
Well, System Of A Down is back with a fourth album (the first of two this year) and at first I have to admit I was rather dissapointed by what I was presented. I had to take another listen to it and the more I listened, the more things I found that I liked. It is indeed a new sound for System. It is even a new guitar tuning (Only down a half tone with drop-d as opposed to the usual whole tone down-tuning with drop-d for all you guitar players out there). Moving along, stand out tracks include B.Y.O.B., the single, Radio/Video and This Cocaine Makes Me Feel Like I'm On This Song, an erratic little tune which is reminiscent of their first self-titled album. It is a good blend of old and new while being a progression all together. The album also shows a softer side of System. The end track Lost In Hollywood is fantastic with great harmonized vocals and some interesting acoustic guitar work. The intro, Soldier Side is haunting, and while short makes for an amazing introduction to the new album. Listeners beware, if you aren't a fan of Daron's voice (the guitar player), he does a lot more singing on this album than any of the others (he also played bass on all but three tracks during recording, which seems odd to me when you have a perfectly good bass player in Shavo). I myself enjoy the combination of Serj and Daron's voices. They accompany eachother well. The album itself is short, clocking in at around 38 minutes or so I believe, which is short for a System album, but hopefully Hypnotize will balance things out. So to sum this up, if at first you don't like the album, give it another listen and you may wind up enjoying it as much as I do. Can't wait for Hypnotize to hit the shelves so I can hear how they plan to follow up their current piece of art.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Disc 1 of 2.... [late review] Jan. 15 2008
By ...
Format:Audio CD
Disc one of the Mesmerize/Hypnotize era. This cd is for the more hardcore fanbase of SOAD, those that treasure Toxicity. If you liked any song on that album, you won't be disapointed when listening to this album. The cords are as techinical as they have ever been, the bass lines are great, the drumming is excellent too. The only problem is that vocals have been switched to another band member. This is why I take a star down, since the original vocalist proves that he can still sing.

Damon or whatever his name is wants more power, which is probably why the band disbanded after these 2 recordings. That's unfortunate, I hope they can get back together.

There is some songs that are downright hilarious, some will make you wonder, while some are just plain weird. Why don't you go get this?

4/5
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5.0 out of 5 stars Out of 5 I'd Give it 10! Sept. 21 2005
By Christa
Format:Audio CD
Everybody who listens to SOAD's new album will say that it's good --> but too short, or not original, or too original, or Blah, Blah, Blah! They are artists and no matter what none of their albums will ever be the same! This one was great and I believe that Hypnotise will be just as good! No they did not sell out and no they are not trying to get more money..... The CD's less then $10.00! Daron and Serj do wonderful Justice to vocals with eachother and I think that whether or not you are already a SOAD fan you should get this CD! There's something on there for everyone, so yeah you might not like one or two songs..... but I can't remember ever liking all of the songs on any CD! And quite honestly..... I LOVE EVERY SONG ON THIS CD! Can't wait til the next one!
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5.0 out of 5 stars SOAD is Back and Better Than Ever Oct. 13 2005
Format:Audio CD
Mesmerize, the first album of two doesn't disappoint. Loud, and introspective lyrics ranging from the on-going drug problems in L.A. to the political climate in the world. With the help of super producer Rick Ruben, and brilliantly executed by Daron, Serg, John and Chavo, the album shows great diversity in it's sound. System of a Down isn't just a loud band with screaming lyrics, it's a band that constantly evolves into new sounds and original music with every new album, and they have something to say that's important. This band has only solidified itself as the heirs apparent to the space left behind with Rage Against the Machine's break up, also proving that the alternative music scene is still alive and thriving.
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4.0 out of 5 stars SOAD strikes again May 18 2005
By CROW
Format:Audio CD
Not what you'd expect form the LA alt-metal band, but none the less a great album. The Armenian political srongmen have produced a product like no other as is expected from Serj, Daron, Shavo and John. Once again, the band has experimmented with new sounds such as in BYOB,and Violent Pornograph. Serj and Daron have shown just how powerful thier vocals can be in tracks like Question and Lost in Hollywood(quite possibly my favorite track). Those looking for a more classic SOAD will be pleased with CIGARO and Revenga. All in all a good album, and a testement to SOAD's ability. Those new to SOAD, make sure you check out SOAD's debut album "System of a Down".
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3.0 out of 5 stars 'Clean' was a bad idea for this album
Straight to the title and rating: Mezmerize could NOT pull off a clean album, considering easily 50% of it's tracks contain swearing of some repetitive sort, and the long pauses... Read more
Published on May 28 2009 by Jeffrey Thompson
4.0 out of 5 stars An amzing CD, hard rock, best since Toxicity
This CD has my favorite song on it, BYOB, and I must say it was a great album. Pretty good lyrics, hard guitars, amazing drums, and really all in all a great disc. Read more
Published on Jan. 6 2006 by RICK
5.0 out of 5 stars part one of a great cd
this is an amazing i bought mezmerize and hypnotize at the same time the first time i listined 2 mezmerize i friend lent me it and i didnt like it but i listin 2 it couple months... Read more
Published on Dec 27 2005 by chimaira
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Record Since Toxicity
I Got This Record This Past June And My Dad Thought The Band Had Split.I Was The One Who Welcomed Him To System Of A Down Back In 2002 And He Like Toxicity And Aerials. Read more
Published on Oct. 15 2005 by "maynerd_apc_tool"
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Mesmerized
I was really excited about the new System of a Down album when I heard it was coming out, and when I got it I was really disappointed. Read more
Published on Sept. 2 2005 by "pantera_3"
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm Mesmerized
When I first heard this album I found it mediocre at best, but as I listened to it a few more times over I began to really love it. It's the System of a Down you know and love. Read more
Published on Aug. 20 2005 by Kat
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
I'd never listened to a SOAD album before this one. I'd describe my first experiance listning to them as "refreshingly weird. Read more
Published on June 23 2005 by Patrick
3.0 out of 5 stars Yes...but No.
Hum...so this is the third SOAD album. I remember quite well when the first album came out. Pretty amazing: new sound, great lyrics. All in all, very refreshing. Read more
Published on June 6 2005 by hugues
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