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System of a Down Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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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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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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'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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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 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 I'm Mesmerized Aug. 20 2005
By Kat
Format:Audio CD
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. Some songs have deep inner meanings while others are just random by my reckoning. Overall you get a feelings of metal and the vocals are superb. "Question" I found was one of the best songs on there, with its excellent sound and tune as well as meaningful lyrics. Overall I'd get this CD, ESPECIALLY if you are a SOAD fan. But, do give it some time if you don't like it at first.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! June 23 2005
By Patrick
Format:Audio CD
I'd never listened to a SOAD album before this one. I'd describe my first experiance listning to them as "refreshingly weird." I've never listened to music like this before. Sure, I listen to a lot of metal, but I've never heard music manipulated like this until I came across this album. And I think what they do with the music kicks ass. I also love the interesting lyrics. The only downside I can think of about this album is that it's a bit on the short side.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST system album to date May 15 2005
Format:Audio CD
Let me just say that this album is without a doubt in my mind,a masterpiece. The Armenian wonders seem to have changed their style this time around, but at the same time have remained delightfully stable, maintaing the uniqueness that got themselves recognized in the first place. Catchy tunes such as "Radio/Video", "Lost in Hollywood", "Revenga" and the previously released "B.Y.O.B" deliver what may be the most pleasant shit ever to grace my ears.
System of a Down does not believe in fillers when it comes to constructing an album. This is made evident by the fact that every song on this album will thrill you, chill you and fulfill you. Considering that most bands as of late have left me LOW with new album attempts, I am pleased to report that System of a Downs' MEZMERIZE will blow your mind. Keep in your thoughts also that the next record, HYPNOTIZE, will be hitting store shelves this Fall (Sept. 25 is the word on the streets).
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3.0 out of 5 stars 'Clean' was a bad idea for this album May 28 2009
Format:Audio CD
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 where the word should have been really disrupt the songs flow.

That said, it's still an amazing album, and I recommend it to anyone who liked Toxicity, but the clean version got me so rattled I actually ripped the regular version from a friend and shelfed mine.
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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?

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4.0 out of 5 stars An amzing CD, hard rock, best since Toxicity Jan. 7 2006
Format:Audio CD
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. What else can I say?
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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"
5.0 out of 5 stars SOAD is Back and Better Than Ever
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. Read more
Published on Oct. 13 2005 by D. Chandon
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"
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
4.0 out of 5 stars SOAD strikes again
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,... Read more
Published on May 19 2005 by CROW
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