|1. Soldier Side - Intro|
|6. This Cocaine Makes Me Feel Like I’m On This Song|
|7. Violent Pornography|
|9. Sad Statue|
|10. Old School Hollywood|
|11. Lost in Hollywood|
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
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.
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).
I've gotta go...