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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.
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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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.
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?
Most recent customer reviews
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 morePublished on May 28 2009 by Jeffrey Thompson
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 morePublished on Jan. 6 2006 by RICK
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 morePublished on Dec 27 2005 by chimaira
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 morePublished on Oct. 15 2005
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 morePublished on Sept. 2 2005
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 morePublished on Aug. 20 2005 by Kat