Sound — 10
System Of A Down is commonly becoming a household name as the band could be considered one of the most popular and infuential bands today. Six months after chart topping Mezmerize they have released part two of their double album. Hypnotize, again proves to be a masterpeice from System Of A Down, they have headed in a new funk/metal direction while still keeping the sound they had prior to Mezmerize/Hypnotize. The guitar parts in Hypnotize aren't as memorable as Mezmerize and Toxicity (though Daron Malakian is one of the best and most creative guitar players of the nu age) but the great harmony of Serj and Daron's voices truly show on this one. Shavo and John do great again with the drums and the bass. This could be the best and most powerful album that System has ever done. It gets better everytime you listen to it.
Lyrics — 10
System is known for using many metaphors in their lyrics, and have admitted that in many of thier songs there is no true meaning, but System Of The Down's lyrics, in my opinion are genious even if you don't understand them, on Hypnotize the lyrics get stronger and stranger than ever before: "Attack," "Dreaming," "Tentative," "Holy Mountains" and "Soldier Side's" lyrics are very powerful abd deep, while songs like "Kill Rock N' Roll," "Viscinity Of Obscenity" and "She's Like Heroin" have a funny sort of edge to them. Vocally System has their own type of music, I am glad that daron started singing as well as Serj, and it is especially great when their voices go into harmony with eachother.
Overall Impression — 10
Hypnotize is better than their self titled album and steal this album. It is really close between Hypnotize, Mesmerize and Toxicity, but there again it might have a sly edge because of the creativity. This album is great, the dual disc version is good because you get the BYOB and Question! video's. There is also a short documentary on the making of the album, which really isn't that interesting because it doesn't show what's going on, just a bunch of songs and images mixed together with an occasional speaking part, but that doesn't really matter, the CD is what is important, if you lose it buy it again, it is so good. Serj, Daron, Shavo, and John have all grown into what is now one of the biggest, most influential, smartest, and most creative bands on the planet. I can't wait to see what they do next.