Sound — 9
Hypontize sounds like you threw the lyrics of Mezmerize and the sound of Toxicity, with a wee bit of Mezmerize soundwise. It still has the same fast, heavy riffs that the world has grown to love, with some added sounds to keep it interesting. Kill Rock 'N Roll is probably an example of the songs that sound completely different. It is probably one of the best songs on the album, which SOAD has been made famous, taking new concepts and turning them into hits. And their single Hypnotize, has some nice soft sounding music to open, then comes into a heavy, loud rest of the song. Holy Mountains, their longest track, is a very well written song. The light opening breaks into a heavier bridge (? I'm not good like that). Vinicity Of Obscenity is also a good example of "wake you up" style songs, opening soft, breaking into loud, wierd riffs. She's Like Herion and Lonely Day are examples that SOAD can also do slower song, not just scream.
Lyrics — 8
Politcal lyrics are present in just about every song. Like Attack, which, ironically, is attacking the government, saying that if we fall, so do you. Tentative has hints of the war in Iraq in it. I think it's better SOAD express their feeling peacefully, rather than rioting, but that's away from the subject. SOAD is the only band I know if that uses lyrics to make a statement politcally. There are also very wierd lyrics present. Take Vicinity Of Obscenity. "Bannana Bannana Bannana Bannana Tericotta." That is strange. Beyond strange actually. Still, that is one of the things that makes SOAD truelly unique.
Overall Impression — 9
SOAD can't compare to any artist or band, simply because their songs are actually about something, unlike some bands. Their songs have more talent in one riff then some bands out there! Anyway, The most impressive songs are definatly Hypnotize, Stealing Society, Kill Rock 'N' Roll, and Lonely Day. If you don't have this you can't call yourself a SOAD fan. If this was stolen, the FBI would be after the thief.