Sound — 9
Soad never cease to amaze me. This new album is a breath of fresh air from all this crap that's constantly piling up. Mezmerize could possibly be the most inovative record for quite some time. With unrivalled originality and bursting with new ideas, rather than falling back on old tricks. All the songs blend into each other perfectly, and there is a real sense of atmosphere. The unique guitar sounds are unlike anything else out there. The whole album is very consistent with no songs you will want to skip. Obviosly soad have always been an aquired taste, and the new album is no exeption. Won't appeal to every one, but if you like Soad, you won't be dissapointed. I would go as far as to say it's their best effort yet.
Lyrics — 10
Random lyrics that have nothiing to do with anything, but are still amusing and entertaining to listen to. Highlights include: "My shit stinks much better than yours", and "Choking chicks and sodomy". And you know what I love it. None of that "Inside, my pain, suffering blood destruction" bullshit.
Overall Impression — 9
Definitely deserves a place in your CD collection. Outsdandingly original. It's truly unique, there is a reason no othe band has tried to rip them off, because they know that if they try they will fail shamefully. System have delivered an amazing experience, fantastic.