Sound — 10
I've always been a huge fan of System Of A Down, at least ever since that hot sunny day last year when I came home to find my brother had bough Toxicity, and not long ago we got Steal This Album and System Of A Down, then finally topped-up the collection with Mezmerize this afternoon. I got it much quicker than I thought I would, and I wasted no time in getting to listening to it over and over again. Like Slipknot with Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses, System Of A Down have changed for the better, maybe not as dramatically as the 'knots sudden desire to use acoustic guitars and sing, but still quite far from Steal This Album. The entire album only lasts 36 minutes which is a slight disappointment, but hey that means I can familiarise myself with the songs quicker! I have to say this is my favourite SOAD album so far, I only hope Hypnotize can top it, which would be hard I have to admit.
Lyrics — 10
As usual, Serj feels the need to break out his amazing use of vocal chords like tremolo picking on a guitar a few times. This guy is faster than most rappers but, unlike rappers, manages to keep nice rhythm and melody and not just talk fast. He has always been one of my favourite singers, as when he sings normally, at a pace us mere mortals can catch up with, he has an amazing voice, and instantly recognisable. One difference with this album to the rest is that Daron shows us his talent as a singer as well as guitarist too. And what a singer he is, his voice is quite high, but he uses it well, and takes backing vocals to the nect level. Also he writes some of the lyrics, and in some songs replaces serj as the main singer for verses. The lyrics are meaningful as always, even if they are slightly confusing at times!
Overall Impression — 10
This has to be one of the best albums of the 21st century, partly because it is a big change from the old System Of A Down. It doesn't really compare to other artists' albums recently as they are so unique. I honestly could not name any favourite songs from the album as they are all spectacularly good, although I must say I've taken a certain shine to 'Violent Pornography' and 'Radio/Video'. I love the way they've brought Daron in to the singing area, as his voice is also unique and he's a great singer, and I couldn't say I hate anything about it. Overall I'm amazed at how great this album is, so much better than the rest, and they were awesome.