Sound — 8
The sound is exretemely different. Like Daron has said previously, it is much more melodic. Many like the change, many are indifferent, and many hate it. Daron's guitar song writing has changed for the better. I have been extrememly impressed with the guitar riffs that I have heard on this album. Overall, I liked their older style of music much better, and I feel that they aren't as heavy anymore (except for Cigaro). The other thing that I dont really like so much is Daron's singing sometimes, like in radio/video when they sing "la la la la la la la la la la la". Overall, this new sound is still pretty damn good.
Lyrics — 10
The lyrics are as great as they ever where - weird, political, and funny. For example, in Cigaro, they talk about their cocks constantly and its just a really funny song. Byob is a real political song, especially when it questions "Why don't presidents fight the war?/Why do they always send the poor?" For an example for weird, well their metaphors in songs that they use, like some of the lyrics in Byob - "Kneeling roses into Moses' dry mouth/Breaking into Fort Knox stealing our intentions."
Overall Impression — 8
Overall, the entire cd was alright, kind of what I expected. Comparing this cd to their previous albums, I like the older albums better but I have much better expectations for Hypnotize after listening to Kill Rock And Roll and Holy Mountain. My favorite songs on the album are the intro, called Soldierside, Byob, Cigaro, Violent Pornography, TCMMFLIOTS, and Question! The thing that I don't like about the albums is the different styles that were incorperated into the sound. The best part of this album though are some of the great guitar riffs that a genius Daron wrote and the brilliant lyrics he wrote. It is probably worth buying to see for yourself and see if you like it (it's pretty damn cheap at wwww.systemofadown.com! It's like $12). Their are a couple things that I would like to say about SOAD - 1. I highly respect them for experimenting with something new and trying it out, no matter what anyone thinks or says or what the norm is for music. They deserved to be well respected, which leads me to my next statement. 2. Even though that they are a "nu-metal" band, they are amazing and play with true passion, rather than all the other crappy and half-assed "nu-metal" bands out there such as Korn, Slipknot, etc.