Sound — 10
The short story, System Of A Down have written one of the best of records of their career, of the year, and of the decade. Hypnotize is the perfect blend of blazing screaming crazyness that was very present in their self-titled effort and Toxicity, and the more safisticated blazing screaming crazyness that was Mezmerize. Anyone who had doubts of a band selling out when Daron Malakian started singing will have their doubts thrown right back at them. System Of A Down managed to blend both Daron and Serj voices perfectly into these group of songs, while perfectly mishmashing guitar crunching with well organized riffs. There's not much more to it. This is the perfect combination of what System Of A Down does best.
Lyrics — 10
Lyrically Hypnotize shines. Perfectly blended with very heavy symbolic messages and flat out screaming and noises, and no matter which on of the two it is, or somewhere in between, it will get your attention, and bury somewhere deep in your head. The riffs and lyrics will stick to you, a gift System of a Down has mastered, undoubtly a huge part of their massive success over the last couple of years. Hypnotize also sees the horizon broaden lyrically for System Of A Down. They tackle issues such as War, of course, with songs like Soldier Side, the continuation of the intro from Mezmerize, which sees the songs taken to epic proportions, one of the biggest sounding songs System has ever done. Not to mention the songs that are just down right crazy, like Kill Rock n' Roll or Vicinity Of Obcenity, but System of a Down wouldn't be System Of A Down if they didn't load it full of symbolism. The one big surprise comes in Lonely Day, the only really personal song System Of A Down has really done, with lyrics like "If you go, I wanna go with you, and if you die, I wanna die with you" really touch a nerve that System hasn't explored before, and they do it amazingly well.
Overall Impression — 10
It is no doubt that Hypnotize will outsell anything System of A Down has ever done, and it should. Mezmerize blazed the trail for this albums much anticipated release, and System deserve any praise that this album gets. They perfectly tweeked a sound that has driven them to the top, mixing what their self titled album and Toxicity did for them to be the one of the most respected bands in metal, and what Mezmerize has done for them to be one of the most respected band in music today.