Sound — 7
Soldier Side, the opener of this album was a little bit shocking to me, it didn't really sound much like System. I do like the sound, but most definatly prefer the sound of the older Albums done by System. I thought the Guitar was a little more talented than previous albums. Over all, it wasn't too bad. Not as heavy as I hoped.
Lyrics — 7
The lyrics were good. Acceptable. I found that they lacked meaning again, in comparison to the earlier versions. They weren't complete garbage, but not something that I would consider a masterpiece. The lyrics and voices fitted well with the song, however I wish Daron, the guitarist, would lay off the vocals a little bit. No offence to him, but, not the best singer in the world. He is good in small amounts in songs, like as background vocals, or when he has a line. Not a whole song but to me, he's tolerable. To others, maybe not so much.
Overall Impression — 8
Well, definatly my least favourite album by System of a Down. I did like it, but I was expecting the System of a Down I grew to love. If I had just became a fan of System when this album was released, then I would absolutly adore this album. But, I'm going in comparison to the older albums. If this CD were stolen, I would probably buy it again, because I want to make a complete SOAD colection, also because I did enjoy this album. However, it could have been so much more. I hope that after "Hypnotize", System of a Down will go back to it's roots. All in all, "Mezmerize" made me feel slightly cheated, and it felt like a way of getting new fans even though they said they didn't want too much publicity. Overall mark is 7.5, rounded to 8 for the scoring system.