Sound — 9
System Of A Down's last album, Mezmerize, was good but it lacked the quality of the great songs from toxicity. Hypnotize goes beyond Mezmerize and rivals Toxicity as an album with songs like the title song Hypnotize and Holy Mountains being of great quality and songs like Vicinity Of Obcinity and kill rock and roll being up to systems usuall wierdness. They manage to break away from all their wierdness with Lonley Day which is a normal slow song that sonds great.
Lyrics — 10
Yet again Serj and Daron manage to beat everyone else for great yet wierd lyrics with lines like "Bannana bannana bannana bannana teracotta bannana teracotta teracotta pie" from Vicinity Of Obcinity and "Chinese tricks in rooms with ghosts of hooker girly dudes" from She's Like Heroin proving that they can still write great lyrics that get stuck in your head for days but all the lyrics on the album don't seem to match tis line from She's Like Heroin "She want's nothing more but to be a little whore he wants noting less than to wear a little dress" so System Of A Down have again proven that they are great lyricists.
Overall Impression — 8
My personal view on the album is that it beats all systems albums since toxicity and is their second best album ever behind only Toxicity. I think that it is better than most of the album released this year with a possible exception with Funeral For A Friend's Hours.