Mezmerize review by System of a Down

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  • Released: May 17, 2005
  • Sound: 10
  • Lyrics: 8
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 8.7 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.5 (388 votes)
System of a Down: Mezmerize

Sound — 10
Sadly, SOAD's Mezmerize did not live up to my expectations. It was far from their best work although they had a few shining points. Like always, they never fail to deliver the thrash with a little humor and emotion that are associated with. Daron was brilliant on the guitar and John like always, was amazing on the drums.

Lyrics — 8
The downpoint of this album and Hypnotize was Daron who is brilliant on guitar. They let him sing too much in my opinion as I like Serj better as a frontman. Daron should stick to playing guitar and injecting some vocals every once in a while as he seems to be doing lead singer in this and Hypnotize. The lyrics were like in all of their albums, hilarious yet meaningful. Some could be straight to the point like in BYOB or just plain crazy like in Cigaro and Old School Hollywood

Overall Impression — 8
This definitely was not their best album. It was supposed to be a double album with Hypnotize but as a single album, it is far too short even for standards (their albums are very short). 30 minutes is far too short for an album. 01. Soldier Side - Intro - a filler. That's it. 02. BYOB - the greatest song on the album. One of their greatest song ever. Great overall performance. 03. Revenga - one of the best in the entie album, but unfortunately that's not saying a lot. About murder. 04. Cigaro - for some reason, I love this song. The lyrics are hilarious. 05. Radio/Video - one of the better songs on the album but again that's not saying a lot. Has some shining moments. 06. This Cocaine Makes Me Feel Like I'm On This Song - long title. Heavy song but not one of my favorites. Hilarious lyrics though. 07. Violent Pornography - catchy, catchy, catchy. I love it. About brainwashing television. 08. Question! - heavy song yet mellow verse. Very good song. 09. Sad Statue - not a highlight and not one of my favorites. 10. Old School Hollywood - it's about being celebrity baseball game so it's not that deep. Feels like a filler. 11. Lost In Hollywood - basically just bashing LA and Hollywood itself. A good song. Overall not their best but what could you expect with Daron producing and writing most of the album? Injects more humor than Toxicity but a disappointment to hardcore SOAD fans. An okay album with some highlights and fitting if you want to complete your SOAD collection but if you want a quality album or new to SOAD, buy Toxicity. If it was lost/stolen, I would buy it again though.

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    S.O.A.D. is ok, but this album was horrible. Yes, BYOB is good, but Serj's vocals get very annoying with the same note being repeated over, and over again. Many people think that S.O.A.D. is one of the best bands out there, but they are very wrong. The only reason why so many people like S.O.A.D., is because they are so political, and Anti-Bush, Anti-War. They do add a new kind of sound to music, but I mean, its just them bashing away on a few strings until their fingers bleed. They do change it up a bit with Question, letting Shavo actually be heard, but really, not impresssive. Also Cigaro, worst song they ever wrote. Nobody cares about the size of your c**k. Toxicity is still the best album.