Released: May 17, 2005
Styles: Alternative Metal
Number Of Tracks: 11
The sound on this album is different enough to other SOAD albums to appeal to previously non-System fans, while keeping the same range of wierd and interesting sounds to appease fans.
unregistered, on may 23, 2005 17 of 20 people found this review helpful
Sound: System Of A Down have been providing fans with their own unique blend of death-metal, funk, and armenian folk for nearly ten years. So after a 4 year hiatus, many fans (myself included) doubted if the band would return with any System-caliber music, if any new releases at all. In short, we all couldn't have been more wrong. Mezmerize (the first part of the double release Mezmerize/Hypnotize) was released on May 17th and immediately began to cause a stir amongst SOAD fans. Featuring countless, and amazingly creative instrumental parts (such as accordian and synth), Mezmerize is nothing short of a masterpiece, sent from the gods of rock music to save America from the nu-metal-plagued state in which it has found itself lodged in the last few years. // 10
Lyrics: System Of A Down's lyrics have always been a large part of what fascinates most fans about the bands seemingly endless creativity. On Mezmeriza Daron Malakian and Serj Tankian, continue the bands legacy of poinient, politically-charged lyrics. Something new on Mezmerize, is (guitarist) Malakian's vocals (of which we heard very little of on past SOAD releases) come to life, to give Mezmerize a much different, yet more diverse ambience. // 8
Overall Impression: Compared to earlier SOAD releases, Mezmerize manages to keep the ferocity typically associated with SOAD, while incorporating new, and exciting elements which listeners haven't appeared on previous releases. All of Malakian's guitars on previous records have been tuned to Drop-C (drop-D down one whole-step), however on Mezmerize all guitars have shifted up a half step into Drop-Db. This perpetuates the album's solidarity compared to all previous releases. While songs like "This Cocaine Makes Me Feel Like I'm On This Song" are remeniscent of older SOAD material, tracks like "Revenga" and "Lost In Hollywood" bring a brand-new feel to the album, featuring rapid tempo and key changes, as well as melodic vocals from both Tankian and Malakian. After a steady diet of such groups as Lamb of God and Killswitch Engage, Mezmerize provides a welcome chage and (as they have done so many times before) System Of A Down continue to push the limits of socially accpted rock music. // 10
unregistered, on may 19, 2005 10 of 13 people found this review helpful
Sound: Well, it's SOAD theres no doubt about that. I'd say it's a cleaned up version of their previous sound. I like the addition of vocals from Daron, It's long over due. Overall same great sound as before with a much appreciated and welcomed addition. // 10
Lyrics: Again it's SOAD. They can say alot that you don't catch unless you read along. A lot of double meaning stuff as usual. I love the lyrics for Byob and Sad Statue. Overall typical SOAD lyrics. // 10
Overall Impression: With a weak release by Limp Bizkit among others lately this album shines. It's a great addition to the other SOAD albums and compliments them great if you random play all of them it blends but still stands out and thats good. My impression on each song is:
01. Soldier Side - intro: beautiful way to open excellent guitar and vocals. Probably favorite riff on the album.
02. Byob - excellent song killer guitar great lyrics and vocals. Downloading dosen't do this song justice its so crisp and clean on CD.
03. Revenga - again beautiful guitar and awesome drums (best on album maybe) great vocals and lyrics here as well love the chorus.
04. Cigaro - not lyrics everyone can appreciate but the vocals and guitar riffs kick ass so much you can't help but love it.
05. Radio/Video - the guitar makes this song thats all I can say. Great harmonics between Daron and Serj. Also a killer reggea style riff toward the end.
06. This Cocaine Makes Me Feel Like I'm On This Song - not my favorite on the CD but sound wise it has the oldest school SOAD feel to it.
07. Violent Pornography - another with lyrics not for all. Again guitar and vocals have their moments.
08. Question! - oh man the guitar riff opening here is freaking awesome and the vocals are so awesome they just kick ass man. Beautiful song.
09. Sad Statue - opens fast but when it slows down and hits the chorus it kicks ass.
10. Old School Hollywood - almost a Manson sound here at the opening. Not my favorite but it has its moments.
11. Lost In Hollywood - excellent song to close with. Has a Arials feel to it. Daron totaly rips the vocals here it rocks and the guitar is just doing its best to sound as smooth as the vocals. This song kicks ass. // 10
unregistered, on may 16, 2005 4 of 5 people found this review helpful
Sound: System Of A Down have always been a very heavy band album-wise, despite usually having the soft songs as their singles and videos. The first SOAD album I bought was Toxicity, and I nearly soiled myself when it started. It was the intro of Prison Song on max volume, it was fricking awesome and very painful - I was expecting every song to be like Chop Suey and Toxicity, how wrong I was. I couldn't get used to their heaviness, but I've grown to love them and now their my favorite band. They change tempo regularly in mid-song and have a humourous attitude to the news.
Daron rarely gets out of drop C tuning, so their songs are initially heavy palm muted guitar, with slow solos, with a strange Jewish-style influence. Darons singing has improved greatly after his singing lessons, and now often sings lead, and his guitaring has improved to, which is evident in Radio/Video. The bassing is quiet but evident and heavy and usually follows the guitar. Serj's singing is strangly hypnotic and blissful, its almost intoxicating. Serj is a talented singer and can shout angrily as well as do a very fast rap and sing in perfect harmony with Daron's lead.
I can only applaud the drummer for keeping up with the crazy tempo-changes and is obviously a great drummer. SOAD have developed their own genre, which I like to call Hard-Jew-Freak-Rock. It involves talentful guitaring with huge heavy verses and complicated bridges, beautiful harmonic singing with anti-everything lyrics and crazy beastly drumming with a hint of Judaism. // 10
Lyrics: Lyrics are written about politics and history, and can be figured out if you listen to the lyrics. For example, Byob, is written about that oh-so-usless unjustified war for oil/weapons of mass destruction. You know probably, they made it obvious this time. And Cigaro is a song about Daron's cock. It may be related to those pimp home-ghetto-monkey rappers who think they have large cocks, when the real reason that women like them is because they have lots of money. Singers are skilled and harmonic with eachother, Daron has a high, stoned, screamy voice and Serj has a low more skillful voice. The only thing I can critisize about the lyrics is there sometimes random and overly screamy. I'd say 4.5 more like but it rounds up to five. // 10
Overall Impression: Mezmerize is one of the biggest albums of 2005 and wil stand out for many more years. In my opinion it's the the second best album behind Toxicity. The best thing about it is its 16 tracks long. It's huge and imposing and will devour your life in guitar riffs, you'll be compelled to learn every song. The worst thing - it's not very heavy. The heaviest song is Cigaro and it kicks ass. Toxicity kicked ass because of heavy songs like X and Deer Dance and crazy hypnotic epics like Chop Suey and Ariels. If I lost it, I wouldn't by it again. I would get my mate to copy it. They would have it because everyone needs it. It's perfect for dispisers and lovers of SOAD because it's not the same as the other albums, its quieter, more meaningful, softer, funnier, and is surpassed only by Toxicity. Buy Toxicity, learn everything on it, then buy this, and learn everything on it. // 10
unregistered, on june 21, 2005 3 of 14 people found this review helpful
Sound: One word - horrible! This is coming from a huge absessed SOAD fan, this ablum was absolutley horrible. It is just not good, it isn't SOAD at all, they keep making music like this and they defintley will loose their #1 fan. Me, I love System but this album was so different in a bad way. Daron got a new guitar which sounds like s--t, Shavo's bass is obsolute on this album. BYOB, was great Cigaro is good, This Cocain good and Lost In Hollywood was ok. The rest sucked! // 6
Lyrics: Daron, you are not the singer, Serj is. Serj Tankian is the s--t at vocals but Daron Malakian tries to get in way too much on this album he ruins the danm album. // 6
Overall Impression: If this was stolen I would buy it but only to complete my SOAD collection. All their other albums are way better, BYOB is the best song on the album and probably their best song ever but the rest blew ass. Hate the softness of it, hate the lyrics were even more. Buy it if you like SOAD but be warned - it's not SOAD as you know them! // 2
Hikarimono, on may 13, 2006 3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Sound: Mezmerize marked a new music style for System Of A Down. In most of their past recordings, they've leaned towards metal as their overall genre. With Mezmerize as well as its counterpart Hypnotize, they've taken upon a more rock feel. Their most impressive guitar parts in Mezmerize are commonly praised in B.Y.O.B. I think each of their songs has its own style, and can't really pick an overall favorite in terms of guitar solos and such for it. Soldier Side brings out a good foreshadowing for their longer version in Hyponotize, but I've heard criticisms that they think the guitarwork and lyrics in it seem too basic. I feel it's more of a foreshadowing effect. Nearly every time I hear the full version of Soldier Side, I get goosebumps when it reaches the part that is sort of a distorted version of it's counterpart from Mezmerize. Each song has its own effect in meaning, you just have to look beyond your past preferences to the band's sound to realize how new and original their newer work is. // 9
Lyrics: I don't think a day has gone by since System came into existance that their lyrics haven't been considered obscure or pointless, but I think it's an issue that System is always going to have. They have amazing lyrics if you look into the meanings and not just their base appearance. Let's take Cigaro for example. Granted, their lyrics for this song are inappropriate for the younger of us, but it all has a deeper meaning. It isn't just about some guy bragging about his manhood and etc, it's discussing a deeper feel of greed in businesses and such. This is the base meaning of it, as there can probably be more translations, but this is an example. You have to look into System's lyrics to find the meanings. I can only suppose too many of us are too lazy to do that. Serj and Daron both bring out amazing vocals and harmonies with these lyrics, and I believe they are greatly unappreciated. // 10
Overall Impression: System of a Down has stayed consistant with one thing. They use their lyrics to criticise the droning and politically incorrect world we live in. They criticise war, drugs, big business, Hollywood, and more in their songs. None of the songs don't have a deeper meaning to them. For this, I think that they have set themselves apart. Much to most people's dismay that their arguements are being flushed, System is not copying Green Day in their endevour to criticise the government. They've been doing it from day one. Mezmerize is some of System's better work and I'd replace any copy of it I ever lost. // 10
DisturbedIbanez, on may 18, 2005 2 of 4 people found this review helpful
Sound: System's sound has definately changed quite a bit for this newest installment. Mezmerize combines the schizophrenia of their self-titled debut and the harmonic melodies of Toxicity and Steal This Album. I think it is safe to say that most of the melodies are absolutely beautiful (i.e. Lost In Hollywood, Question!, Sad Statue). Most of these melodies are accomplished by Daron and Serj harmonizing in perfect sync. Their voices are so different, but blend together perfectly and sometimes it is hard to pick out their individual voices. As you all have heard, Daron does alot more singing in Mezmerize. In the songs Old School Hollywood and Lost In Hollywood Serj sings backup. However, I did not feel this took anything away from Serj or the overall sound of the album. Daron's guitar playing has improved 10-fold. His riffs are fast and powerful. John's drumming seems about the same, with his usual bouncy style. Where the album lacks is bass. The bass isn't bad, but doesn't stand out. Daron and Serj are the stas of this album. System is never afraid to take risks, and the changes from System of a Down to Mezmerize are great, but work perfectly. // 10
Lyrics: Daron wrote most of the lyrics for Mezmerize. I have heard lots of people complain about System being too political. While there is the political element (Byob, Cigaro), social commentaries seem to dominate the lyrics. Everything from the effect of the media on society (Violent Pornography) to the glorifaction of Hollywood (Old School Hollywood, Lost In Hollywood). And of course the obscure metaphors are back with a vengeance (Cigaro, This Cocaine Makes Me Feel Like I'm On This Song). I particularly like the deep philosphical questions: "Do we know when we fly?" (Question!), "What is it in us that turns deaf ears to the sound of human suffering?" (Sad Statue). The lyrics are well written but don't exactly stand out from any of their previous albums. But the way Daron and Serj sing them adds so much to their meaning. // 8
Overall Impression: I think Mezmerize is one of System's best works. It wasn't quite as strong as Toxicity, but is still one hell of a buy. My favorite songs are BYOB, Revenga, Radio/Video, This Cocaine Makes Me Feel Like I'm On This Song, Question!, and Sad Statue. However, at just over 36 minutes long, it felt like it was missing its second have, which fortunately is coming out sometime this fall. I highly reccomend this album to any System fan, or new fan looking for some great new music. // 10
unregistered, on may 19, 2005 2 of 28 people found this review helpful
Sound: This band and album sucks! I can't believe that Daron said that he listened to Iron Maiden growing up. That's an insult to Maiden in the 1st place. It's pretty easy to tune your guitar down a bit, then try (and I do mean try in Daron's case) to play riffs fast then with a "catchy" riff. // 2
Lyrics: It must be nice when your band sells out. Byob, the 1st single of the album talks about going to a party? I laughed when Serj started "la la la la la." I've read lyrics that actually mean something, or try to tell a story, or something interesting. This, this album doesn't. // 2
Overall Impression: Once again, this album sucks. There is nothing impressive about SOAD. Music is bland, lyrics like Daron's guitar playing sucks. I didn't like anything about this album when my friend let me listen to it. If this album was stolen, if I even had a copy, then I would pray to the poor soul that took it for listening to this piece of crap. I haven't seen or heard this band do anything outstanding. Take your money, buy a Pantera, Megadeth, or Fear Factory CD or something else worth it. // 2
unregistered, on may 24, 2005 2 of 3 people found this review helpful
Sound: Sound is great, I love the guitar, very melodic when it needs to be but heavy where it has to be. Not what I expected (which was something more like "Steal This Album") But it was more like a CD with all they're other CD styles mixed in. Byob is very much like Sugar from "System Of A Down" Sad Statue and Soldier Side are like Ariels and Chop Suey from "Toxicity" and Everything else sounds like "Steal This Album." Overall I can honestly say I love it. // 10
Lyrics: Ditto to my statement about the sound. // 10
Overall Impression: I love it, it is the kind of cd that if you lose it, you hunt forever for it then scrounge all the pennies together that you can to purchase it again. I had only one major problem. Daron. He sings way to much, I mean what is Serj supposed to do stand off to the side and look aimlessly into space. Ok I know Daron does have an "ok" voice, I guess. But he is taking over the band and he is going to run them straight into the dirt. But what can I say I love the CD. // 10
unregistered, on september 06, 2005 2 of 3 people found this review helpful
Sound: I liked to new sound to the album, it was very different from their previous albums, like Toxicity, Steal This Album, and their self-titled album. I liked the dropped C tunning alot better, but after looking through all their tabs, they had pretty muched worn out all the possible patterns played on the 3 lowest strings. I bought this album to complete my SOAD CD collection, and after listening to the whole CD I was sortta dissapointed, beacuse it was so different from their other albums. I could listen to their self titled album all day and never get tired of, but after 36 minutes of listening to Mesmerized (the lenghth of the CD) I'm ready t turn it off. I don't like Old School Hollywood, and if I had heard that on the radio I would have never guessed it was SOAD.
At first I though Daron was a an okay singer, because him and Serj make good harmony together, but then I listened to their live preformances and I realized that Daron couldn't sing worth s--t. I didn't like that so many of the songs on the new album were so soft, but I guess they had to do that so little daron could sing more. It just wouldn't sond right for Daron with his high piched voice to be singing a song like F--k The System. Daron needs to back off of Serj's main vocalist position. Daron hardley ever sang on the other albums for a reason. Serj is a much better singer proof of this is on songs like Toxicity. The 1st time I listened to that song it gave me goose bumps. I think this is their worst CD they've released. I can only hope that their next album Hypnotized that's supposed to come out sometime in November is closer to their old sound, but from what I've read it's not. You can find 2 of their new songs off of Hypnotized (Kill Rock 'N' Roll and Holy Mountain preformed live) on the message boards at Systemofadown. com. I think the message board is called "What we already know about Hypnotized. Download them and make your own oppnion on what their new CD might sound like. // 6
Lyrics: I love how they can sing about serious topics and still make thm funny and enjoyable to listen to, like on one of my favorite songs Chic 'N' Stu, on Steal This Album. Sometimes their political songs can get annoying, especially when you don't always agree with them. Even if their lyrics suck sometimes Serj's powerful voice makes them sound better, I love that he can sing in so many different voices [instead of just one high piched screeach (Daron)]. // 10
Overall Impression: Overall this was a good CD, but it didn't compare to their other 3 CDs. The best thing about it was when Serj sang with Daron as a backup, not the other way around. If this CD was lost or stolen I would replace it the main reason, because I'd want to keep my collection complete. // 8
elf+cheb, on october 25, 2005 2 of 3 people found this review helpful
Sound: Ok Mezmerize, where to start, it's a new sound for SOAD, I would say this is the most quiet album of the lot (exceptions of BYOB and Cigaro) but still as awesome. Then there's the addition of Daron's voice, and unlike a lot of people I think Daron's voice is great where he has it, apart form 1 bit which I will talk about later. This is the first soad album I heard, Chop Suey the first song, so this album is a real speicial thing to me, so lets get on with this review. // 10
Lyrics: Ok lyrics wise Daron has still out done himself, Lost in hollywood is greatly written and This Cocaine is really crazy, but I found out that serj wrote Question and that song is really an awesome song! The lyrics always fo with the riffs they have written I think as Lost In Hollywood gives you the feeling with the slow riff and lovely lyrics, and then into sad statue with its defiant lyrics and riff its the best song on the album. As I said in the Toxicity review Serj is my favourite vocalist ever! // 10
Overall Impression: These are my fav metal band as they arn't always shouting and Serj can really sing! Best songs: Sad Statue, BYOB, Question?, Soldier Side. Ok the only thing I hate is Daron's wierd shouting bit in BYOB as I think it is unnessessary, but thats about it the rest I love, it's awesome and the 2nd best album (Toxicity rules). If the album where stolen it would be bought back, I love it too much. While writing this review I am listenin to there new song Hypnotize, that is just maybe there best song ever! The albums almost here, only time will tell. // 10
nirvana4lf, on may 07, 2005 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Sound: 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. // 8
Lyrics: 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." // 10
Overall Impression: 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. // 8
unregistered, on may 09, 2005 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Sound: This album is much, much different from any of the previous System Of A Down albums. With the origional System Of A Down albums, mainly Toxicity and their self-titled album, there was a clear balance between the melodic style and their more aggressive metal (if you would classify it as that), but with this album there is significantly less agressive metal and way more melodic songs. 2 out of the 11 songs, Byob and Cigaro, can be classified as "heavy," while the rest are more slow paced, melodic heavy, ballad style songs. The guitar playing by Daron has improved tremendously, especially on the melodic songs for example Radio\Video has a very catchy intro riff. He has really improved both his playing and his writing with songs like Question! parts of Byob the riffs are way more advanced than the previous albums. With their heavy songs being a lot more complex and their melodic songs being more than just 4 power chords stacked on top of each other. Shavo has done a good job to keep up with his solid playing from the previous albums and the drums stand out in the verses of most the songs. They took a brave step loosening their style and going for more soft and smooth approach, I personally liked it a lot but some older fans might be dissapointed. // 8
Lyrics: The lyrics in this album seemed to be well thought out and they sound amazing. After listening to each song a couple times I found myself very impressed, the chorus's are very catchy, you can instantly fall in love with their songs. The verses fit in well also, they have a nice tune to them and are not just random ramblings to fill in with. If you listen closely you can tell that the lyrics to this album were well thought out, there are no "fillers" that are there just for the purpose of progressing the song, everything is in there for a reason. The lyrics on the melodic songs are very good, the song Lost In Hollywood is one of my favorite slower songs of the album and the lyrics are just amazing. I am a bit dissapointed of the vocals on the album. I was hoping for more of the amazing vocals of Serj but he dosnt stand out as much as I would have liked him to. Daron does a lot more singing in this album, at times I felt like Daron was the lead singer and Serj just filled in as backup, completly the opposite of the previous albums. Daron has a very unique voice, but there was just somthing about Serj singing that cannot be replaced by Daron. This was one aspect that I didnt like. // 8
Overall Impression: Overall I think this album is amazing, it has some small things that I was not too happy about but overall it is a great listen. I would definetly reccomend anybody get this, whether old fans or anybody who wants to just grab somthing good to listen to. Its a much lighter listen than any of the previous albums and that can be either a good thing, or a bad thing. Older listeners as I said before might not like this album but as for everybody else I think you would love this. Compared to the previous albums it is much more melody orientated than the metal style. The balance between the two, like in Toxicity, has somewhat faded and some may like this and others may not. I found Lost In Hollywood, Violent Pornography, Radio\Video, and Question! to be the best songs on the album, most of them are slower songs but they show a lot of great qualities of the music, especially the more melodic side of SOAD. Daron and Serj singing together was pretty good, but this album was much more Daron dominated in my oppinion. I would definatly buy this album, it is a great album, it has the melodic System Of A Down style running through it and it is a very deep album. // 10
unregistered, on may 11, 2005 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Sound: System Of A Down are constantly experimenting with different sounds and keeping intact their uniquness. In Mezmerize System have made a massive step and improved on almost exerything. The guitars and drums seem to be a real standout in the album. I think that this album will reach out to a broader audience because it has alot more variety than their previous albums. // 10
Lyrics: Serj Tankian is the bands lead singer by title, but in this album he seems to take on the role of more of a back up singer and secondary singer. Daron Malakian the guitarist does alot more singing and at time comes off as the lead singer of the band. I don't think there is anything wrong with Daron's singing, but in previous albums System have had the ability to pick when some things work and others don't, and on some occasions Daron's singing doesn't fit in with the song. Personally I prefer Serjs singing. // 8
Overall Impression: I think this album is makeing great steps towards the future in the genre of rock and telling people that you dont need to stick to a recipe when writing music, because music is art and there should be no rules involved in art. Best album I've heard in a long time. // 10
porkerboi, on may 13, 2005 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Sound: First off, System Of A Down rocks. Always trying to do something different. And they've struck gold with this album. The first thing I noticed is that the album is more melodic, actually following scales. Also, the bassist Shavo has turned down his amp, being shunned by Daron. Who is amazing anyways, but has created may amazing riffs, like in Sad Statue, Radio/Video, Question, Byob, and Lost In Hollywood. Some people have said they sold out. I dont think so. I have been a long time system fan and this seemed just as appealing to me as the other albums. // 10
Lyrics: System always has had an interesting lyrical choice. From highly political lyrics, like Byob, to fun and random lyrics, like Cigaro and Violent Pornography, to serious lyrics, as in Lost In Hollywood. Very good. If you didn't notice, Daron takes on a lot more singing now. He really shines in Cigaro, Byob, and of course Lost In Hollywood. Very great change, very nice. // 10
Overall Impression: This is an album to remember. I think that these following songs should be singles: Byob, Cigaro, Radio/Video, Sad Statue, Violent Pornorgaphy, and Lost In Hollywood. Very impressive overall. I've lost many hours of sleep to this CD. I listen to it non stop. It has opened up new doors to my bass playing and my alt. metal bands perspective of playing. If you like the early SOAD, get the album. If you don't like the early SOAD (what are you smoking) go get the album. If you hate rap/hip-hop and love a good old fashion rock and roll album, get this god damn album! // 10
Fret_Man1, on may 16, 2005 1 of 2 people found this review helpful
Sound: System Of A Down rocks! This CD sounds wonderful. It is not as heavy as their past albums but they make up for it with awesome vocals. Having Daron sing a lot more is excellent. Daron and Serj harmonize wonderful in the songs. Radio/Video has a very catchy intro and a awesome ska like chorus riff. Daron also has stepped up his guitar playing in this album making it one to never forget. // 10
Lyrics: The lyrics of Mezmerize are incredible! From the funny lyrics of Cigaro and Violent Pornagraphy to the serious lyrics of Lost In Hollywood and Sad Statue. Daron proves in this cd that he is a better than average singer and when you combine his voice with Serj's it sounds incredible! // 10
Overall Impression: System Of A Down really stepped it up by making yet another incredible album which is their 4th. All the songs on this album are impressive and their is nothing I don't about this album. Someone could keep stealing it from me and I would keep buying it over and over again! It also made me really happy when I got the CD 3 days early because I pre-ordered it. Overall this is a very impressive album and if you don't have it already you should go buy it right now! // 10
unregistered, on may 18, 2005 1 of 2 people found this review helpful
Sound: This has a different sound to it. But not in a bad way. Hell, thats what SOAD's reputation is anyway. I like this almost as much as the self titled one. It has great heavy riffs, mixed with melodic ones too. They dont concentrate one one genre. Which is quite refreshing. All in all the best I've heard in a while. // 10
Lyrics: Abusulutely amazing lyrics. Not thoughtless screams and hate blasts. Even Cigaro has a meaning. No, it's not talking about Daron's actuall cock. Byob has amazing political words and beutiful singing. I like the different style when Daron sings. I personally like Serj's voice better but Daron's is still amazing. // 10
Overall Impression: I think this is one of thier best. I think it goes like this: self-titled, Mezmerize, Toxicity and Steal This Album. This is a hard band to rate because all thier albums are supperb. no I'm saying that toxicty isnt amazing but I love this album. My favorite songs are Violent Pronography and Question!, I love almost everything except it is way to short. If it were stolen I would defidently buy it again. // 10
unregistered, on may 20, 2005 1 of 2 people found this review helpful
Sound: When I first heard Cigaro on the radio, I was shocked at how diferent it sounded from the previous albums (mainly because it wasn't in drop C). It was crazier than even the song Sugar. So I assumed that the whole album was gonna be crazy like Cigaro, but it turned out that most of the songs on Mezmerise were more medolic. That doesn't mean anything bad; this album kicks ass! Radio/Video has a nice intro riff and Byob is a fast paced song with many tempo changes (and is also fun to play on the guitar). Overall, System's new sound kicks ass and will appeal to previously non-System fans. // 10
Lyrics: Lyrics are system's usual: wierd, political, funny, and very ellaborate. Yes, even Cigaro has a meaning; it targets ego business men. Byob is very political (Why don't presidents fight the war?/why do they always send the poor?) One thing I like alot is that Daron sings more than on previous albums. You notice his voice in Byob, Cigaro, and Question! However, sometimes it seems that Daron seems to take over Serj's role of lead singer, and, though Daron has good skills, I've always thought Serj was better. Despite that, I still give this a 5. // 10
Overall Impression: All in all, I sorta like System's older sound better, but not by much! As I said before, I dig System's new more melodic sound. My favorite songs, in no particular order, are Byob, Cigaro, Question!, Violent Pornography, and Radio/Video, but all of the album rules. If I "losted" this CD, I would buy it again and download it. This album is a must buy, so quit reading this review and buy the friggin' album! // 10
ChubbyLove, on may 23, 2005 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Sound: Well, where to start, I still haven't listend to the entire thing yet. Anyway, it started with me listenin to Byob on MuchMusic, and first thinkin' that the screamin' was kinda dumb, then the song just started to come on to me. Then I asked a friend about this CD and he said it was pretty good, so I thought I might as well buy it, just 'cause I dunno. I like the sound of the songs I have heard, some sweet soundin guitar, and SOAD's lyrics have never made sense, but that doesnt matter, it sells dont it? // 10
Lyrics: I like style of lyrics in System Of A Down, random, off topic in most parts, but most of all, political. if you didnt know that then your obviously not a SOAD fan. I like the way the vocals sounds, hes got a perfect tone, its not screachin loud into the microphone, and its not deep n' low. Some parts are kinda hard to understand, because he speaks like abajillionthousandmillion words per second. // 8
Overall Impression: it was worth the $14.99 (CDN) at AnBsound, only later to realize I coulda got like a dollar off at Zellers. You gotta pinch them pennies goin off topic here. Very excellent CD, it would be cool if it schools American Idiot. // 10
unregistered, on may 23, 2005 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Sound: Everything quality wise on this album is great. I have no complaints. The vocals are well heard along with the agressive riffs from the guitars and bass and the drums are very smooth with a nice flow. // 10
Lyrics: Well as you know SOAD lyrics are not known for being good or well written, and its because most people dont take thier lyrics seriously, or look into them. Believe it or not all thier lyrics make sense in one way or another. Thats up to you to find out what they mean. I do like the Toxicity lyrics better, however. // 8
Overall Impression: Overall this album is must buy for any SOAD fan, its also a good buy for a first time listener. I still think Toxicity is thier best release, and probaly will be for the rest of thier career. Its hard to top an album like that. But yes if Mezmerized was stolen or lost I am heading back to the cd store to grab it again. Good album, but not thier best. // 8
Paranoiaholic, on may 23, 2005 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Sound: Wow! I'm very impressed with System on this new album. They have this new melodic/harmonixc style with vocals and guitars. They even incorporate their keyboards into their songs (Old School Hollywood) The intro - it has somewhat of a depressing and spooky feeling, but then they kick into the fast-paced Byob, which revolve around the phrase "Why do they always send the poor?" It pretty much can have an up-down feeling throughout the whole album. Two things I noticed in particular though about their new sound. One, they use alot of middle-eastern inspired melody and harmony. And second Daron Malakian, secondary vocals and guitars, sings alot more in this album. He really gives "Lost In Hollywood" a strange, but cool feeling. Almost similar to the feeling of Aerials. // 10
Lyrics: System's lyrics, as always strange, politcal, and sometimes funny, are smoewhat along the tracks of how their lyrics have been turning, more meaningful and metaphoric rather than just a straight message. All songs of SOAD's have meanings, (even if they seem like they just slapped some stuff down that rhymed) Although I question some of the song's lyrics (such as This Cocaine Makes Me Feel Like I'm On This Song and Radio/Video) they are all really awesome. // 10
Overall Impression: This album has somewhat of a different impression than the earlier albums, but still quiet System-ish. You can always relate this album to Toxicity, and say something like, "Hey, this kinda sounds and gives you a feelin to Aerials, Chop Suey!, Toxictity, (etc. )" But yet it sounds somewhat different. The songs thay I liked the most were "Violent Pornogrpahy," "Cigaro" and "Lost In Hollywood". I believe they did their best jobs on these songs. I really liked how Daron has gotten more involved in the vocals. He is a really great singer! If there was one thing I could say that I hated, it would be the amount of songs. But I guess that's ok because this is the first half of a double album (Mesmerize/Hypnotize). If something happened to this CD as to where, I couldn't listen to it (lost or stolen) I'd definetly buy a new one. // 10
unregistered, on may 24, 2005 1 of 2 people found this review helpful
Sound: System Of A Down's guitar parts are always very straightforward, but never lame somehow. They always amaze me how they can take simplicity, add drums and a bass and turn it into something that sounds awesome. Daron's deep, grinding guitar sound coupled with John's godly drumming make every riff sound so much better. They seem to be going in the same direction as they did with Toxicity, except for a bit more complex with a few new sounds added (i.e. polka on "Radio/Video") and a surprisingly nice finish with a brilliant slow song, "Lost In Hollywood." Sounds better than ever. // 10
Lyrics: The lyrics are much different this time around, since Daron Malakian wrote most of the lyrics. You can definately tell which songs Serj helped to write or completely wrote himself because they sound a lot like Toxicity. You can hear delibrate attempts to rhyme and/or fill the CD (i.e. "Sad Statue," "Violent Pornography," certain spots throughout the album), not to mention in my opinion very weak lyrics on "Byob" and "Revenga," and the very pointless "Soldier Side." // 8
Overall Impression: There is no comparing SOAD to other artists, they are very unique and will continue to blow todays music out of the water no matter how freaky they get. The most impressive songs from the album are: Cigaro, Question! and Lost In Hollywood. Things I love are the signature sound that never disappoints. One thing I don't like is the obvious attempts throughout this CD to hit mainstream. They need to just let it flow and have mainstream come to them like it did on Toxicity. I'd also like to see less of Daron Malakian's ego getting in the way in the future, and more Serj Tankian at frontman. I look forward to Hypnotize, hope it doubles this one. // 10
Kartman, on may 31, 2005 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Sound: I just recently got into System Of A Down, after buying this album, but after several days, I bought Toxicity. Both are great. The sound is very different from earlier System, but nevertheless amazing. System is evolving and maturing, which IS a good thing. System sounds great, and should keep making music, but Daron, please stop singing! Nothing personal, but System has a rep. for Serj on vocals, who in my opinion, has one of the best, most distinctive voices in rock today. He can go from a Scream to a note in a way nobody else can. Daron, you write amazing stuff and shred, but please leave the vocals to Serj. // 8
Lyrics: Lyrics are very good, especially those of "Old School Hollywood" and "Cigaro." Serj has pipes for days, he can sing so well. The lyrics are very political, and I think bands should be more opinionated, like System Of A Down. The strong opinions expressed on this album are very good, and are some seem to be anti-Bush. // 8
Overall Impression: This album is great from "Soldier Side" to "Lost In Hollywood." This is a CD you can listen to without skipping. Standout songs would be "Question!" and "Old School Hollywood." Alt-metal has never sounded so well. System will always be one of the most talented bands out there, and will always have me as a fan. // 10
unregistered, on june 07, 2005 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Sound: This is the newly awaited album from System of a Down. This album has had quite a lot of hype following it because of the two previous albums especially. The great Toxicity and very enjoyable Steal This Album. I feel their new album is a lot more experimental with music in general. I have read a letter to the editor of a music magazine saying that this album is of a poor standard compared to their previous work. I believe this is a harsh way to look at it. This was the first System Of A Down album I purchased, and it was a very good introduction to the band for me. The single Byob is a classic anthem and is entertaining to say the least. The other songs follow that entertaining trend throughout. Such songs inlude "Violent Pornography" and "Old Skool Hollywood" which are classics in their own right as well. Overall this album's sound is unique unto itself. To compare it to their previous sound is pointless, because it is completely different. // 8
Lyrics: The lyrics are alot more simplistic than their previous, but very funny. The great thing about this album is that it is purely entertaining. It is funny, it rocks, and thought provoking at the same time. This therefore makes you laugh which is great when you might be in a bad mood, where this music is used to take out your anger. Again, to compare the lyrics of this album with previous is stupid. These lyrics are solely for entertainment e.g. "my cock is much bigger than yours, my cock can walk right through the door, with a feeling so pure" not Shakepeare, but it is certainly entertaining. // 8
Overall Impression: This album, using the bullet points for guidance, does not compare with other albums but in the good sense. It is experimental and totally unorthodox therefore unique and interesting to explore. The most impressive songs on the album are easily "Violent Pornography," "Byob" and "Old Skool Hollywood." I love this album because it is dumb fun and very entertaining. The only thing I find bad about it is it is not as powerful and soul gripping as previous albums, maybe that element they should not have gone away from. If this album was stolen from me, I would definitley go out and get it again, but perhaps wait for it to be a quid or two cheaper first. 14 quid for 11 songs on any album doesn't add up. // 8
sock_demon, on june 20, 2005 1 of 2 people found this review helpful
Sound: This album is System's best one yet, it combines many elements of rock/metal. I especially enjoy the arpeggios in Question, the synths in Old School Hollywood. Daron really expresses through his playing, it's like being at an amazing rock concert, where everyone is there. I look forward to their next album, Hypnotize. It's a very balanced combination of the different guitar techniques out there, It's a little too bad there's no tapping. I like how SOAD's tuning is always around the drop-d flat area, so it makes adding little bits to the power chords possible. // 10
Lyrics: Serj is by far one of the most talented vocalists I have ever heard, he can go from raging maniac to docile singer in a split second. His voice is a harmonius instrument, it sort of foreshadows what's coming in the next part of the song. I admire Daron and Serj for being able to write and sing such awesome music. // 10
Overall Impression: I my biased opinion, SOAD's Mesmerize is the best album out there right now. The most impressive songs on the album are all of them. I love the sound of Daron's guitar. I hate that I only have one copy of it. If this album was stolen, I would hunt and kill the person that took it. If it was lost I would buy it again, and again. I probably will because mine's scratched on the Violent Pornography track. // 10
unregistered, on june 28, 2005 1 of 2 people found this review helpful
Sound: The music of this CD is pretty constant: heavy, heavy, heavy. It works with such a short CD, but wouldn't have done so well with anything longer. The songs are fast and well put together, and just, quite plainly, rock. // 10
Lyrics: The actual lyrics are very good. There is a good variety of words in the songs. However, Daron does kind of ruin the singing. Earlier System Of A Down CDs impressed me with Serj's crazy and wide-ranged vocals. Daron's voice really mellows the singing down, making it hard to listen to. He should be heard less in the singing and more in the guitars, leaving Serj to just go crazy like he used to. // 4
Overall Impression: This one's good. Definitely should buy it if you're a System fan. The only problem is its length, but it's meant to be a two-disc thing so that's ok. // 8
BlindingStrings, on july 14, 2005 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Sound: The guitar just has this huge crunch that makes up a lot of their sound, and can be very melodic. The drums are really well oiled pounding machines of fury, and the bas if very dark and melodic, flowing along with the band for the merry go round of terror that is SOAD. // 10
Lyrics: I have to say, SOAD have the most random hilarious lyrics, and that's why they are a great band, some of the lyrcs are funny and happy, while others impress the sadness put into them for you. They mainly have no joint to the music they are put for but they are great. And Daron's voice is great on this album, he did much for singing. Serj has a wacky voice that is great. // 10
Overall Impression: Great CD, you must get this. Everything is great, and the songs are diverse and great. Check this out for some great music. // 10
unregistered, on july 18, 2005 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Sound: I have always been a diehard System Of A Down fan. Being such, I loved the album, but there were parts that disappointed me along the way. I love the quick punching lyrics that you can't really understand without a copy of them, every now and then. They went a little extra with this album, but overall it was still good. The sound was very good, hard rock, anthemic and strong like a common SOAD album. I like Daron's voice, but it doesn't compare to Serj. Serj has the best voice in Rock music right now, and it really didn't deserve a back seat on some of the songs. Although, I will say that it shows a lot of depth that other bands don't have, and Daron could be a viable lead singer on a lot of bands. // 8
Lyrics: Again, Serj is the best rock music lead singer right now, Daron is good but he didn't need to be lead on a lot of the songs. Lost In Hollywood was a really good song, that would have been great if Serj had been doing the singing. The more rhythmic songs that have a slower pace like "Roulette" are just unbelievable with Serj, but only pretty good with Daron. Overall, the lyric content was good, however, and every song had a meaning. However, at times I think the meanings could have been gotten to, without being so silly. Best songs were Revenga, Cigaro, BYOB, Radio/Video, Violent Pornography, then Lost In Hollywood and the rest. // 8
Overall Impression: SOAD is still the best band around, even though I would say this album wasn't as good as their last two. BYOB is a very good song, but I don't put it in the same stratosphere as Chop Suey. It's definitely worth buying, however, I will warn you that on the first listen if you're a big SOAD fan from the past, you may not like this cd very much. But after a few rips through it, it all starts to be catchy. The song really disses government alot, which as a Libertarian I absolutely love. If you're an arch conservative, you may not like the band too much if you've never listened to them, but technically I'm registered Rep and I love them. // 10
lennen1rulez, on july 21, 2005 1 of 2 people found this review helpful
Sound: This album is different to the rest, it has good riffs, good acustic riffs and some kick ass effects, the style they are trying to set I think is a hard rock, with a mixture of folklore! Yes folklore! And crazy effects. // 8
Lyrics: The lyrics, are acctualy very random and very meaningless! They like to sing about the mysteries of life after death! The lyrics are very simple and didn't take a genius to think up! Although, because they are random, that does make them funny! The singers are very well talented as well, to make this quite good. // 6
Overall Impression: It is not that much different to the other albums, althought the riffs are not as heavy as they once were. The most impressive songs on the album are, 'Cigaro', 'Radio/Video' and ' Old School Hollywood'. I love the riffs in this album and I hate the way some of the songs are to long! If it was stolen, I wud buy it again yes. // 8
unregistered, on july 22, 2005 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Sound: It's very difficult to critically approach this album. When Mezmerize is put up against nearly every other musical release in the past few months, it glows. However, when compaired to SOAD's other works, it somewhat falls flat. The sound is a definite progression from the more agressive System that many came to love into something more commercially friendly. Don't get me wrong, this isn't like what has happened to BEP, and in no way has System tried to produce a mainstream album. It just seems like the entire recording has had some edge taken off of it. Perhaps this is a sign of maturity, that they want to spread their messages to a wider audience and therefore need to tone down. Regardless, I still liked what I heard. // 8
Lyrics: What the f--k is Daron doing, trying to take over the whole damn band. While there was no doubt that he was an awesome guitarist, his skills as a singer and lyricist just cant compare to Serj. And then, as I'm reading a guitar magazine "I can't remeber which one" I find out that he played bass on most tracks, Shavo recorded like three songs! What is he doing? The lyrics just can't compare to Serj's genius (which is, btw, showcased in Question) Ditto for the singing. I think it would do the boys well to sit down and redefine the roles of each band member. Give Serj his Mic, pen and paper back and that same for Shavo and his bass. // 6
Overall Impression: Overall, a good album, given the state of music today. Still, I can't help but feel that they are somehow setting the stage for Hypnotize, which I hope will be closer to past recordings than this one. // 8
unregistered, on july 25, 2005 1 of 6 people found this review helpful
Sound: I've always loved System Of A Down, and this CD keeps their original rhythm and pace. However, the SOAD I've grown to love plays rock/metal, and this new CD is light rock punk crap. BYOB is a good song, but is way over played. Cigaro is decent too, but other than that the music blew, I really hope Hypnotize is better. // 4
Lyrics: Even though the music sucked for the most part, the lyrics were all System Of A Down, and sounded awesome. Except Daron's parts. I've always hated him as a singer, and just about broke my CD when I realized that almost half of the songs on the CD had Daron doing major singing roles. He's a guitarist, and should stick to playing the guitar. Serj, however, is one of the best singers around, and I love his voice. The lyrics are fast and hard, just like the music should be. // 6
Overall Impression: This CD is nothing compared to their self-titled or Steal This Album, and should never be seen beside Toxicity, less it taint it's holyness. BYOB and Cigaro are the best songs on the album, but the rest of it sucked. I was so dissapointed in this CD when I heard it, and was angry at the fact that SOAD would willingly release this crap to the public. If it were stolen or lost, I wouldn't even care. In fact, I'd feel sorry for whoever found/stole it for having to listen to this crap CD. // 4
unregistered, on july 26, 2005 1 of 2 people found this review helpful
Sound: It's always hard to describe the sound of System Of A Down. Sometimes it's heavey, sometimes it's light. Sometimes it's just wierd. This CD kinda suprised me. It wasn't what I was expecting. I was expecting something like the 2001 CD "Toxicity." Or maybe thier selftitled or "Steal This Album." This one is the most different. It's got the songs that are just pure SOAD like "BYOB," "Revenga" or "Cirgaro." But it has the differnt style of SOAD that I havent heard in any of thier other songs. For example "Old School Hollywood" or "Radio-Video." SOAD uses much more acoustic guitar in this album. I guess it's ok. I like the acoustic guitaring in "Question." The keyboard is used more in this album too. Especially in "Old School Hollywood." I think SOAD should stick with your older style but the sound was pretty good. // 8
Lyrics: The vocals have definetly changed. Guitarist/now vocalist Daron Malankian sings way more in this album. I don't really like his voice. It's kind of annoying. The only song he sings (screams) good in is "BYOB." On the other hand, vocalist/keyboardist Serj Tankian has a funny accent but still has a better voice than Daron. The lyrics are pretty good. I don't really understand them. The best lyrics are in Soldier Side (Intro). The funniest lyrics are on "This Cocaine Makes Me Feel like I'm On This Song." The rest are pretty good. // 8
Overall Impression: After listening to this CD I cant wait to see what Hypnotize has to offer. The new style SOAD put on this CD is pretty cool. Although I do perffer the other CDs over this one execpt thier self-titled. The drumming on this CD is the best. John Dolmayan really out did himself in this one. In my mind the best song on this CD is "Sad Statue" because the guitaring sounds really cool. If it were stolen/lost I would buy this CD again because it just really cool. // 10
unregistered, on july 26, 2005 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Sound: System has really evolved since Toxicity. For one thing, they switched to Db tuning. Also, Daron got rid of his Ibanez Iceman in favor of a Gibson SG. The sound of Mezmerize is much more crisp than previous records. It's also more melodic (except Cigaro). John Dolmayan's drumming was excellent as usual. Only complaint is that Shavo's bass doubles the guitar on most of the songs, so it is rarely heard unless you got bass boost. But excellent sound overall. // 10
Lyrics: Lyrics are very meaningful, from political (BYOB, Sad Statue, Violent Pornography) to mortality (Question!). Cigaro and Violent Pornography have funny as hell lyrics. The vocals are excellent, too, even with Daron singing more! He's a great singer on Lost in Hollywood. However, Question! was the only song written entirely by Serj. So Daron, as ssomeone right below me said, give Serj back his pen and paper and let him write some more stuff like Sugar and Suggestions. // 8
Overall Impression: I can't chose my favorite song so I'll describe them all.
01. Soldier Side (Intro) - very nice clean riff and excellent vocal harmonies. Blends perfectly into the next track 4.5/5.
02. BYOB - the hit single. Excellent fast paced song with the bridge dominated by Daron's screaming. The chorus is rather addictive, too. Third favorite song 5/5.
03. Revenga - good guitar parts and a fast verse. The drumming on this album is at it's best 4.5/5.
04. Cigaro - the best damn song on this album, and certainly the heaviest. As stated before, hilarious lyrics (this song gets radio play but was never a single; it leaked) 5/5.
05. Radio/Video - nothing too special, but the reggae bridge sparks this song. I can't help bobbing my head to it 4/5.
06. This Cocaine Makes Me Feel Like I'm On This Song - for a start, the song title is awesome. This is a more old school System song with Serj's wild vocals standing proud 4.5/5.
07. Violent Pornography - sound isn't that System-ish to me, but the lyrics stand out as the album's best and funniest. Best chorus ever 4/5.
08. Question! - the second single, and a great song with acoustic verses. Yep, Serj plays an acoustic guitar on this one 4.5/5.
09. Sad Statue - my 2nd favorite song. Very fast paced and then it slows down so unexpectedly for the chorus it's sweet 5/5.
10. Old School Hollywood - worst song on the album. It's good with the voice modifier and keys/synthesizer being used, but rather un-System-ish 3/5.
11. Lost In Hollywood - like Soldier Side, this song is clean and guitarred well. Daron sings solo with Serj ocassionally backing him to create nice vocal harmonies. Great song to end with. Very haunting.
That's my review of Mezmerize. A must have for System fans. By the way, quit complaining about the album's length. As Hypnotize is coming out in fall, we'll get over twenty new System songs Within the same year. How's that for a deal. // 10
unregistered, on august 13, 2005 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Sound: System Of A Down, and especially Daron Malakian (guitarist and songwriter), have taken some big steps since "Toxicity." Personally I love it, but old System-fans might be dissapointed. One thing that you right away realise is that "Mezmerize" is a lot more melodic than their previous albums. Malakian mixes heavy riffs with almost pop-like melodies and choruses, and creates something unlike anything I've heard before. Great! // 10
Lyrics: This is not as excellent as the sound. And why? Well, first of all, Systems lyrics gets a little bit too political here. Especially if you don't agree with them on certain matters, you don't always enjoy listening to what they are singing. But, the singing itself is very good, at least when Tankian and Malakian sing together. However, when poor little Daron tries to sing himself, it doesn't always work that well. E.g. in "Lost In Hollywood," he always manages to destroy the whole song with his child-like voice. // 6
Overall Impression: 01. Soldier Side (Intro) - a fine intro, some nice melodies on the guitar, but nothing special.
02. BYOB - one this albums best songs. Great intro song, and a very addictive chorus. Great guitar playing here 5/5.
03. Revenga - an ok song, but nothing more. Cool and speedy verse, but I don't like the chorus 3/5.
04. Cigaro - some say the best song on the album, but I absolutely don't agree. It's heavy, and sure that's fine, but it's not at all as good as Systems earlier heavy songs, like "Chop Suey" or "Jet Pilot" 2/5.
05. Radio/Video - one of the best choruses on the album, but the verse is a big joke. Like an insult to the metal-industry 3/5.
06. This Cocaine Makes... - worst song on the album. Like a bad copy of "Cigaro" 1/5.
07. Violent Pornography - best song on the album. The chorus is extremely addictive, and the whole song kicks ass. Love it 5/5.
08. Question! - don't like the acoustic intro, but a fantastic chorus makes this 3rd best on the album 5/5.
09. Sad Statue - a cool song, very fast verse, and then slows down for a very soft chorus. A great song 4.5/5.
10. Old School Hollywood - some might say that this is techno, and on some parts I agree, but it works well with the heavy guitar riff 4/5.
11. Lost In Hollywood - fantastic, but why, oh why, does Daron sing here? Again, his voice almost ruins the song 3/5. // 10
unregistered, on august 23, 2005 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Sound: I have been a fan of System Of A Down since they first came out with "Sugar" and I think they have improved by leaps and bounds as a band. The drumming and guitar on this CD sound unlike anything I have heard in a long time, there just isn't anyone you can compare these guys to. I also thought the bass was less prominent on this CD but it really wasn't that big of deal to me. This CD is kick ass, and the only people who aren't going to like this CD are the douschebags who punch people in the mosh pits. So if you are a fan of good music buy this CD along with the other 4 CD's. If you are just a fan of loud, insane music you will be very dissapointed. // 10
Lyrics: This will probably sound alot like other reviews but I did enjoy the lighter side of System Of A Down on this CD. Although some lyrics may sound non-sensical, I listen to every song as if it has a different meaning. However, people that like songs where the meaning is in the title itself, will not enjoy this CD at all. If you enjoy listening to creative lyrics that make you think you should also buy this CD. // 8
Overall Impression: This CD is pretty badass and if you have never listened to SOAD before I would suggest listening to Violent Pornography before you listen to any other song on this CD. This song along with Sad Statue and Question! are probably the most encompassing songs on this CD in that it is not the same as their other releases but you can still tell it is SOAD to the core. They don't care about what other people think about their music, they make music straight from their souls, and if you have an open mind you will find this out very quickly. // 10
ZedLepp, on august 26, 2005 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Sound: Very different sound. Toxicity-esque System Of A Down, say hello to your alter-ego. While the old System Of A Down was more of a thrash-metal-sounding band, this new version shows that they are capable of playing more smooth and heart-felt music. Even though some of the songs absolutely sucked (This Cocaine Makes Me Feel Like I'm On This Song), others were simply incredible (Lost In Hollywood, Question!) Overall, the varying sounds of each track contribute to make an OK album. // 6
Lyrics: Why, oh why did they even allow Darren to have some singing solos? Three words: worst singer ever. Serj is where it is at with, in my opinion, the best vocals of this era. Let the man sing like he did on Toxicity, that was pure lyrical genious! On paper, the lyrics make you wonder what they were thinking (and smoking) when they wrote them. But blended with the awesome instrumentals, it seems to remove all doubt. Again, I will reiterate: do not ever let Darren grab hold of a mic again. // 4
Overall Impression: Of SOAD's 4 albums, this is probably the third best, behind only Toxicity and their self-titled. Horrible vocals and a few select horrible songs unite to create a CD that did not live up to the hype preceding it's release. We can only hope that their new CD will compensate for this. // 8
unregistered, on september 01, 2005 1 of 2 people found this review helpful
Sound: To be honest, this album did not appeal too much. This album seemed too different from Toxicity, and especially (my favorite) their debut album. In some songs, like Old School Hollywood, I would never expect that to be SOAD if I did not already know. Also, Darons vocals annoy me slightly, actually I cant really stand them. My few favorites of this album would have to be Questions!, Cigaro, and BYOB. The other songs seem almost "poppy" to me. // 4
Lyrics: Serj Talkain is probably one of the most versatile vocalists in modern music. Daron Malkian, however, is not. His high pitched singing starts to get annoying after the second play. Lyricwise, some songs are very good. Question!'s chorus, and BYOB are both examples of this. Other songs seem very sad. Case and point Old School Hollywood. Serjs singing is able to add some credibility to this album. // 6
Overall Impression: Heres my rating for each song:
01. Soldier Side - 3/5, I felt that this song was a decent intro, but could have been much better.
02. BYOB - 5/5, one of my favorites off the album.
03. Revenga - 3/5, has an odd feel to it, hard to get into.
04. Cigaro - 5/5, Serj excels in this song.
05. Radio/Video - 2/5, way different than any system song, too different.
06. This Cocaine Makes Me Feel Like I'm On This Song - 6/5, favorite off the album, I feel this song best embodies the System I'm used to.
07. Violent Pornography - 1/5, good message, but I feel the lyrics and sound are lackluster.
08. Question! - 5/5, another of my favorites, though not lyrically great, Serj makes it sound like it is.
09. Sad Statue - 3/5, I like the singing styles used in this song.
10. Old School Hollywood - 0/5, unexplainable, doesn't deserve even this rating.
11. Lost In Hollywood - 3/5, average song, good way to end the album.
Average album, it should bring in a new kind of listener. // 6
unregistered, on september 30, 2005 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Sound: Their sound is a whole lot more hard-core! They're focusing alot on their riffs. They don't realy match up with their other albums, becuase they were more in a truth direction (more about the lyrics than sound). Overall I was very impressed with the sound of this album. // 8
Lyrics: The lyrics were awesome! They really didn't focus on the main thing they write about, the armenian genocide, and the armenian government. They focused very little on that topic. But instead, I liked what the new lyrics they released. I have personally listened to all of their albums. And on Mezmerize, vocal-wize, Daron and Serj did a lot of harmony in most of their songs. Daron did "Lost In Hollywood" in which he had the song pretty much to him self. Daron has a good singing voice, and he is good enough to be the backup vocalist for the band. Overall, the lyrics are differnt, but they are very sweet! // 9
Overall Impression: My overall impression is that they have really gone through a metomorphosis. They are more hard core and cleaned up. They have a cleaner sound and more suggestive lyrics. But they have transformed alot in the past decade and will provide the world with awesome music! // 10
Zamboni, on october 17, 2005 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Sound: System Of A Down have made another very cool album, and a concept album at that! This is the first part of a double-album concept that takes System Of A Down into progressive-thinking territory. They continue to bridge the gap between metal and nu-metal, and manage to do it in an entertaining and different way. This album is a change of pace for them, with slow, melodic bridges and interludes that are reminicent of eastern-European ballad-type music. But don't be fooled, they still have that grinding metal edge to lots of their songs that old-school System fans will rejoice over. All in all, this new sound seems to suit System very well, which might come as a shock to some anti-metalheads out there. // 9
Lyrics: Serj Tankian generally writes good, meaningful songs. He is known for his politically-involved lyrics as well as his hillarious vocal bag of tricks. On many songs on this album, he demonstrates his range by following drop Db guitar lines note-by-note with his voice. An impressive feat, since Db below low C is a note out of reach for many singers in today's generally unskilled music industry. He also makes the listener laugh quite a bit with his strange voicings and actually quite challenging sound effects on some tracks. // 10
Overall Impression: This is definitely a good album by any standards, as well as one of System's best. It's nice to see some bands nowadays aren't afraid to change their sound a little, lest they lose a hardcore fan base. All the songs are good, and they've really made an effort to make all the songs different. It's not one of those CD's where a listener can get lost in track numbers. You always know once you've changed songs. If lost, I would for sure buy this album again. It's really cool, and I look forward to the second part of this dual-release. // 9
unregistered, on october 19, 2005 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Sound: On Mezmerize System change from being a classic band with one frontman into a Beatles like band with 2 distinct vocalists. This intention has caused some to love them even more some to hate Darons voice. Mezmerize is the evolution from the first 3 CDs relased. This is a supreme and mature step. The songs are somewhat different. Where Toxicity was very direct in your face kind of style and the self-titled very quirky, Mezmerize has a more naked and emotional feel to it. Songs like Solider Side Intro, Revenga, Radio/Video, Question! and Sad Statue are emotional bombardings that pounds you hard in the gutter. The weirdness on Mezmerize is still there. Songs like Cigaro, This Cocaine Makes Me Feel.., and Violent Pornography are quirky and different. And yet not the same from the self-titled. And the BYOB single I cannot categorize into any System style. In general Mezmerize seems to be the sum of emotions that the band members went through the last couple of years. It's very personal stuff and at times it seems to me that the entire band cries out for us to understand the frustration and sadness. Hypnotize (as of 19-Oct-05) seems to me to be a more dark and masculine work, the darker and fury filled portion of the band with obscure lyrics and hard hitters directed towards other (maybe more political) issues. // 10
Lyrics: Daron takes a bit over on the lyrics and places serj in a different position. They swap vocalist roles often on this record. And that's great stuff. However sometines it seems to me that Serj could do a better job at some parts. Darons voice though is great. And it has a different feeling to it. Radio/Video shows Darons diversity and how good he really is. Lost In Hollywood is Daron all over but it's Serj heartbreaking moaning that makes the single work entirely. Without serj this would have been a thin single to me. On the other hand would Radio/Video not be as naked if it wasn't for Daron. He has a small crunchy voice and that's uniqueue to me. Serj I have no comments on, his voice is always great. Serj uses his voice differently. His doesn't screem as much (that's Darons job). But he babbles and that in a pace and speed that would make any rapper fade standing next to Serj. He seems calm on songs like Radio/Video and stresses that he also has matured some. But again sometimes I miss Serj gettin' angry and pounding out screems. It would've been nice. A song like Cigaro could use a grawl or two. But that's small, small issues. They harmonies are extremely beautiful and Question! is a true emotional rollercoaster ride here. The harmonies are some of the most beautiful I've ever heard competing and being as good and maybe better than chop suey. In conclusion to the lyrics: Serj is good at anything here. Daron good at anything also, but is better at some very direct messages. Fx. the bridge in BYOB, where as Serj is good and hypnotizing in Question! // 10
Overall Impression: This album doesn't compare to anyting they've ever done before. All the songs on this album stand out. And the entire album gives you a complete feel to what these guys want to tell us. Again this seems to be very personal stuff to me. Doesn't matter to me if it get's stolen. I have 2 euro versions, and one american released version. No difference at all. But this is my fav album so far. In the future watch out for Hypnotize, it's gonna take os else where. To darker and mysterious places. The opener attack should be some of the heaviest stuff ever made by them. // 10
Kiotaka, on october 24, 2005 1 of 2 people found this review helpful
Sound: Compared to the other CD's released by SOAD, this one was one of the better ones. It was alot heavier than the other CD's I have from them, Toxicity and Steal This Album. At first when I heard BYOB, I hated the song and still do till this day, but after question became a single I decided to give SOAD another chance. And I'm glad I did, because it turns out that the rest of the songs were alot better. Cigaro won me over and Lost In Hollywood just was awesome. Despite the fact that Darin sings way too much in Mezmerize, this CD sounds alright. // 8
Lyrics: I've never been a fan of SOAD's lyrics because of my political stance, but luckly there was less politics in this CD than in the others (not counting the s--ty song BYOB). These lyrics are pretty messed up in all reality. I mean, "My cock is much bigger than yours," where do you come up with the idea to write a song about your wang? I dunno, but the point is, less politics = greatness. // 8
Overall Impression: If you havn't already found out, I've never really been a SOAD fan, as a matter of fact a friend burned this CD for me. But I liked it other wise. I dunno, I just thought you should know that comming from someone that really doesn't like SOAD that much, this CD wasn't all that bad. // 8
superguitarist1, on november 08, 2005 1 of 2 people found this review helpful
Sound: I am obsessed with this album. I listen to it at least once a day. So that should cover my thoughts on the sound. This band has created it's own genre of music. They are mostly metal, but the added effects of the songs change the whole thing. // 10
Lyrics: Serj and Daron both have amazing singing voices.
01. Soldier Side - wonderful intro, great example of the singing talent.
02. BYOB - the only thing you can say about this song is that this is the reason Daron is lead guitar and considered at the top of everyone's list.
03. Revenga - great drum beat.
04. Cigaro - cover the kids ears for this song, but once again, wonderful vocal skills.
05. Radio/Video - this song is very interesting. It uses a synthesizer to create a circus-like background sound. And it's my favorite song on the album.
06. This Cocaine Makes Me Feel Like I'm On This Song - even thought the title's not to kid-friendly, the lyrics are fine. It's really just a goofy fun song talking about someone who thinks he's not crazy even though he's out of his mind.
07. Violent Pornography - you probably guessed that this is anothe one of those cover the kid's ears song. If you did you guessed right. But it's got a good bass line, and the drumming isn't too complex, but score another one for the singing and guitar(s).
08. Question! - Another great vocal song and a good acoustic part.
09. Sad Statue - this song is just perfect in every way, and there's nothing else to it.
10. Old School Hollywood - another song with good effects, and just joking around with the lyrics.
11. Lost In Hollywood - this song couldn't be better! It talks about how messed up show biz is, and you can really feel the pain and emotions coming from the words. Lyrics are somewhat unfriendly, but who cares? I sure don't. // 10
Overall Impression: I haven't listened to their other albums, but like I said before, they created their own style of music. Even The Beatles didn't do that. They just brought a new tone. An I know that that point can be argued, but this is my side of the fence. I love all the songs, I mean, I do listen to it every day without skipping a song. Nothing I hate at all. I'd buy this every time it got stolen. Regardless of cost. // 10
StringSinner, on november 29, 2005 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Sound: In my eyes this album was very appealing to most System fans I know. They use a new style of sound that is very different from most of their old stuff, but at the same time, they keep the stand-out effect. They have a sound that is distinct from any other band out there right now. This album has many songs that are extremely easier on the ears than some of their old very hardcore stuff. The styles that were very interesting to me were the way they use very different ways of putting their message out there: The government is evil. I have looked and saw that all of System's aspects have changed, one of the most apperant being not only Serj's style but his hair. When I watched BYOB I went "Woah!" There sound is different, but still keeps their old distinct ways. // 10
Lyrics: This album has definently developed a more mature and greatness in it's sound, especially the lyrics. I get the impression that they have tried to make their songs a bit more understandable. There old stuff was a bit odd, and this album basically showed that they aren't always on acid (just joking). The lyics also mix very well with the music. The song on this that I think has the best lyrical and musical mix is probably Sad Statue. It gives a very distinct message in the lyrics. Also shows very great guitar skills. They have definently improved on singing as well. They can hold notes way longer than old songs. I have noticed that Shavo has made a bigger role in this album, although I still think Serj has better talent in singing. They still have been improving over the years and this is definently something I can say without having to think twice: They have gotten way better at singing since Toxicity or their first album. Don't get me wrong, though, I still love the oldies as well. // 10
Overall Impression: 01. Soldier Side - this song is very good to me, because it tells me a lot of what they think must be going on in the minds of the soldiers fighting out there right now 9/10.
02. BYOB - after being played on radio countless times, it has definently gotten old, but I still think the most apealing lyrics are "Why don't the presidents fight the war?" 8/10.
03. Revenga - doesn't make a very clear message but does show a lot of talent when it comes to guitar and other musical talent 10/10.
04. Cigaro - this song was pretty good at first then it got a bit too hardcore to listen to after listening to everything else 8/10.
05. Radio/Video - loved this song a lot. One of my favorites and definently liked the way it sped up in the end 10/10.
06. This Cocain Makes Me Feel Like I'm On This Song - very weird, to say the least. Very fast and very easy to compare to "Sugar." Love it because it did remind me of Sugar 10/10.
07. Violent Pornography - I like this because this is the reason I don't watch T. V. very much anymore. All there is is tasteless violence and porn 10/10.
08. Question! - loved this because it states the clear message: "When will society actually improve?" Good guitar, outstanding drums, and great singing 10/10.
09. Sad Statue - best song on the album, in short. Very clear on the statement, and good melody. Excellent speed guitars and good, strong sounding drums and vocals 11/10.
10. Old School Hollywood - on every album they have "that talking song," as a buddy of mine likes to call it. Good song and it kind of puts me under the hot 100 degree song playing baseball when I listen. Kind of puts a picture in my head of Shavo wiping his brow with a mit and singing. Weird, but strong and good guitar 9/10.
11. Lost In Hollywood - good statement. The industry will fuck you over. They will say you are great and butter you up and then they will just make you change what you love to do most. Good strong lyrics. Shavo makes a very big statement in this song. Love it 10.5/10.
I hate the way they have changed their style slightly but I love the way that they still have the strong sound. I love the musical and lyrical sound as well, and if it were stolen, I would personally chase the man who took it and club him in the head and get it back. // 10
unregistered, on february 06, 2006 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Sound: The sound on this album is so much different than that of Toxicity, but it's still so good. The biggest change is Daron's vocals. He doesn't have a bad voice, it works well with the songs; Serj's, though, is still much better. The way the melodies and heavy guitars blend on some songs works well. It's so many genres mixed into one. What can I say? It's System. // 10
Lyrics: Again, more political lyrics ("BYOB," "Sad Statue," "Violent Pornography"), pointless but hilarious gibberish (TCMMFLIOTS, "Cigaro"), and deeper, more meaningful lyrics ("Question!", "Lost In Hollywood"). The lyrics are very good; a different style from those on Toxicity, so it's hard to compare them. The band's moving in a new direction and that's obvious. But it's a good one. // 10
Overall Impression: Does it compare to other artists? There is no comparison. The band is so unique and amazing. There is simply no competition.
01. Soldier Side (Intro) - a nice intro song, only OK until you hear the song Soldier Side from Hypnotize. Then it makes sense. Ties the albums together well.
02. BYOB - insane yet meaningful, heavy yet catchy. Powerful guitars and violent screaming work together perfectly, as do the lighter guitars and amazing melodies and harmonies.
03. Revenga - not many people will agree with me on this, but IMO, it's one of the best on the CD. Possibly the best. The intro is cool and then the riff is charging and powerful; the verse is funny and lightning-paced. The chorus is good, better than the verses, and catchy; the bridge, though, is the best part. "I saw her laugh, then she said, go away." The song's actually about a guy being rejected by a girl and wanting revenge. Great music, great lyrics, great song.
04. Cigaro - one of the weaker tracks of the album, still damn good. Again, Daron proves his genius on guitar. Funny too.
05. Radio/Video - good at first, but starts to seem repetitive. You can hear many other influences in this song than what you hear on their debut. It's amazing how much the band has expanded. Like BYOB, massive tempo and dynamic changes.
06. This Cocaine Makes Me Feel Like I'm On This Song - the title says it all. Almost sounds like it belongs on both Mezmerize and their self-titled. Not top-caliber, but close. Too short, too random. But this is System Of A Down we're talking about. What does one expect of a song with a title like this?
07. Violent Pornography - cool verse, good bridge, creative riffs. The verse is just so damn catchy! Good message too. "F--k! Turn off your TV! Can you say brainwashing?
08. Question! - it took me a while to get into this song, but now I'm addicted. Creative riffs, especially with the time signature changes (9/16 to 5/4 to 4/4 to 3/4, if you're as confused as I was). The chorus is, well, beautiful. Another possible best.
09. Sad Statue - cool riff, good lyrics. Almost middle eastern sounding at times. Another possible winner.
10. Old School Hollywood - synths + guitar + random lyrics about baseball + Daron = System? Since when? It's still an OK song, but my least favorite on the album. It's and interesting transition in the album, but it works.
11. Lost In Hollywood - the first system song I ever learned. Long and sad, at times beautiful. The slow moaning intro is so amazing. Long but worth the time, by far. Tied for 1st.
What do you love about it? Everything, of course! Hate? Nothing! Maybe too short, but it's a double album so that's OK. If it were stolen? I guard it with my life, so if someone managed to steal it without my knowing, I'd praise their deviousness, and then burn the backup files on my computer back onto a disc. And if anyone tried to take it by force, I keep a gun in my room. The first time I ever heard System of a Down, my friend (a die-hard fan) played me this album. In the first ten minutes (Soldier Side Intro, BYOB, and Revenga), I was utterly mesmerized. That very day I ran out and bought all of their other albums (except for Hypnotize, which hadn't been released yet). And they haven't disappointed yet! // 10
gnr_fan_17, on march 04, 2006 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Sound: 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. // 10
Lyrics: 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 // 8
Overall Impression: 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. // 8
unregistered, on july 27, 2006 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Sound: 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. // 7
Lyrics: 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. // 7
Overall Impression: 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. // 8
musicfreak003, on august 26, 2006 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Sound: This is supposed to be nu-metal but you can hear a lot of extra stuff sometimes, like the synthesizer stuff in old school hollywood. although it does sound good sometimes, it gets a little annoying. this would've been better if they'd just stuck with their old stuff just a little more. just like Korn, they experimented with a new sound but did not come out with as good results as before. the heavier stuff in this album was great, though, and I liked it a lot. // 8
Lyrics: the lyrics are anti-government and about war. the lyrics in B.Y.O.B. (bring your own bombs) are really strong, and asks the question "Why do they always send the poor?" and asks why the presidents don't fight the war themselves. This may sound like a scheme to get more people to listen to them, but if you listen to it more, you can tell that they really mean it and don't just do it for popularity, like green day. serj has a really unique voice that makes System of a Down better than a lot of other bands. In addition to anti-government, the lyrics also are against hollywood, because maybe one or more have had "bad" experiences with hollywood or just don't like hollywood. Jack Jabarti (I think that's how you spell it) is a real person and so is the Frankie guy (I couldn't really hear the last name). System Of A Down also has some lyrics about a lot of media being "brainwashing" people, like in the song "Violent Pornography", he states "The shit, you get on your TV." // 10
Overall Impression: Compared to other artists, system of a down are "uncontested" for their creativity and unique style, and not just being mainstream like some bands. Some of the most impressive songs are "BYOB", "Violent Pornography", "Lost In Hollywood", and "radio/video". I loved how it was unique and also great to listen to. This is one of my favorite bands of all time. If stolen, I would buy it again and if I found out who stole it, I'd get it back and make 'em buy 10 copies of this album. // 9
H4602, on september 11, 2006 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Sound: This album is the first of two released. "Mezmerize" is more complex and unorthodox than the previous albums. The sound has not changed much. Some good riffs and catchy and sometimes funny and weird songs, make this is album what it is. The best song without a doubt is "Lost In Hollywood", and "Question". "Question!" features some cool acoustic guitars and "Old School Hollywood" features some weird vocals. The vocals of Daron can get a bit annoying, but does not ruin the sound of the album. // 8
Lyrics: The lyrics as always, are very strange, funny at times, and unorthodox. In this album, they include the topics of: relationships, the evils of television and corporate mind control, the mysteries of life and death, and a surreal experience at a celebrity baseball game! // 9
Overall Impression: 01. Soldier Side Intro - great song, and although quick, is a very good intro and you couldn't ask for anything better to start the album. This song connects with the Final song of Hypnotize.
02. BYOB - is a great way to start, with a good riff and cool lyrics. The chorus reminds me a bit of a hip-hop song, but still good.
03. Revenga - another good song here. Some more good lyrics and a cool riff.
04. Cigaro - the most unorthodox lyrics I've ever heard. The song has a good riff, but the lyrics are really the thing that stand out here.
05. Radio/Video - catchy song, some good and bad lyrics. The chorus is my favourite part of the song.
06. This Cocaine Makes Me Feel Like I'm On This Song - very tounge-twisty lyrics here. Again, unorthodox lyrics, but a good song.
07. Violent Pornography - this song is a lot of peoples favourites, but I never really got into it. The only thing I really liked about it was the catchy chorus.
08. Question! - brilliant song. One of my favourites on the album. Acoustic guitars and great vocals make this song great.
09. Sad Statue - nothing memorable apart from the cool lyrics.
10. Old School Hollywood - has some weird vocal effects, and some very weird lyrics. The vocals are a bit annoying at times, but do not affect the catchy, but weird lyrics.
11. Lost In Hollywood - my favourite song on the album, and one of my favourites of all time. It is a slow song, but nontheless amazing. The lyrics are very good apart from a couple of parts. They describe the dangers of Hollywood. I like this song so much, I used to listen to it over and over again. It reminds me a bit of "Areials", but a bit slower. A great song and the best on the album without a doubt. A must-hear. // 8
floydfan001, on november 04, 2006 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Sound: First off, this is a review of the String Quartet Tribute to System of a Down's Mezmerize, the thing wouldn't publish without selecing an artist. I was really skeptical at first about this album, since a lot of System Of A Down cover's I'd heard at the time (mine included) just didn't do justice to their music. These four men took the time to either learn these songs by ear, or, the record company told them to play it, whichever you prefer, and put some good time and effort into it. Everything is played by the strings, two violins, a viola, and a cello. A lot of this just sounds completely insane, considering how fast some of the lyrics go on Violent Pornography and Revenga. The harmonies in this record are astounding, better than Serj and the less talented (yeah, I said that) Daron. The viola keeps up with every lyric, and actually plays the melodies. This guy is good. The violins are the middlemen of the quartet, picking up on a lot of the guitar and bass work. They aren't featured up front like the viola, but make their presence known. And the cello. It plays the drum parts. I guess the cello plays bass too, but it definitely keeps the songs going at a blinding pace, especially for string instruments. The sound deserves at least an 8, but you just kind of get tired of the viola around Old School Hollywood. // 8
Lyrics: The viola picks up on all of the lyrics, leaving nothing to be missed. The violins fill in the part where Daron and Serj harmonize. I'll rate the viola here. The musician behind it really takes to high standars, playing incredibly fast and with great accuracy and intonation. 7, the crazy fast high sound kind of gets to you. // 7
Overall Impression: I later picked up the regular string quartet tribute of System's old stuff, and found it to be quite good. Overall, this album will stack up to other string quartet tributes. The best songs are what you'd think, Soldier Side, Revenga, Violent Pornography, Question!, and Lost in Hollywood, although there is no bad song on the album. I love almost everything about this, I'm as into clasical music like this now as I like metal. The only thing is the viola just gets annoying! I'd definitely burn myself some copies of this album so if it were stolen, well, you know. With the age of computers. // 9
roosterfx1, on january 06, 2007 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Sound: 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. // 9
Lyrics: 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. // 10
Overall Impression: 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. // 9
livinginmisery, on september 06, 2007 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Sound: This CD has, of course, its own unique sound. Of the set, Mezmerize has a more rock sound, while Hypnotize has a metal sound. To be honest, I prefer Mezmerize. The guitar is nice and hard, but still challenging, the bass is harder than the other albums, and the drums are still solid. Serj and Daron are gods with the way they harmonize. As far as sound goes, I like Radio/Video, BYOB, and Lost in Hollywood the best. // 9
Lyrics: The lyrics to songs have never been SOADs strong suit. They have always been better at the music part. However, it still isn't a weakness. Of course, they talk about SOADs favorite subject: politics. Like in BYOB: "Why don't presidents fight the war, why do they always send the poor?" Great lyrics, for SOAD. However, I believe Billie Joe Armstrong is a better songwriter than Daron or Serj, no offense. // 8
Overall Impression: 01. Soldier Side Intro - this makes for a nice intro. It connects hypnotize and mezmerize.
02. BYOB - the legend itself. Masterpiece, although not perfect because the rhythm is a little hard to follow.
03. Revenga - not the best song on the CD. Very OK. Good space filler. 7/10
4. Cigaro - Hilarious. The goofy song on the CD.
05. Radio/Video - probably my 2nd or 3rd favorite on the CD. Great gitar, and simple lyircs. Makes sense for a 5th track.
06. This Cocaine Makes Me Feel Like I'm On This Song - hate (typing) the title. Love the song. Don't eat the fish.
07. Violent Pornography - first song I heard on the CD. Gotta rate it high for that. Not the best, but not the worst.
08. Question - my favorite on the CD, without question (no pun intended). The sound is amazing, with the harmony, and the lyrics.
09. Sad Statue - annoying. Worst song.
10. Old School Hollywood - sounds like it shoulda came out in 1985. Nice, simple, pleasant, mediocre.
11. Lost In Hollywood - fighting with Radio/Video for my 2nd favorite. Love it, played it for a talent show. Blew them away. Beautiful ballad, SOAD. // 9
TJM2482, on february 13, 2008 1 of 2 people found this review helpful
Sound: This is one of SOAD's latest album, part one of a two-part set (the second part being Hypnotize). The album feels really random, mostly due to the themes of the songs. The sound on this album is like most SOAD you've heard, a little less experimental/progressive than their earlier stuff, but this album brings solid flat-out rock. The sound is good, doesn't lose it's shine quickly, it's an easy album to get addicted to as well so it's a great album to have. The only thing I could see getting in the way are the vocals, which are mostly rapid, random, and spastic. // 9
Lyrics: The lyrics are pretty random in a lot of songs. It doesn't even feel like it has some super awesome hidden message in there, it's just random. Some of it's political, lashing out at the government and modern society, and some of it is just random stuff. Serj (lead singer) is a bit different from your average singer, but he's a bit of a guilty pleasure. Guitarist Daron Malakian makes his mark on this album as it's the first where he sings pretty frequently. It comes together for a "new" SOAD sound all its' own. // 8
Overall Impression: This album is pretty "fun", if I had to pick a word to define it. I've had it for a couple years, and it has a big nostalgic quality to it, despite only being out for a few years. It's different from their past albums, but many will consider it a good change, even if it means abandoning their earlier progressive style. I love the music itself, and sometimes the lyrics. I dislike how it's somewhat random, such as songs like "Old School Hollywood". However, there are other songs like "Question!" and "Lost in Hollywood" that really bring a different type of lyrical meaning to the table. If I lost it, I'd definitely pick it up again. It's a bit on the weird side, but it's something that a lot of open-minded music enthusiests can find something in it that they enjoy. // 9
paperskyx, on july 23, 2008 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Sound: System Of A Down has a very unique and distinct sound, and in my opinion, especially in this album. Although they could have made their songs sound a bit less alike, I can easily tell that they worked hard with the sound. The guitar solos were great, and the rythm guitars were pretty good as well. I think the sound matched well with how intense the song was supposed to be. There were definetely some music innovations in this album. There was some new sounds that were creative and fulfilling. // 8
Lyrics: The lyrics are also very unique and deep. For most people, you might think that the lyrics are foolish or don't make any sense, but a very large fraction of the songs had a meaning. A lot of politics. Only System Of A Down could pull off lyrics like those! The lyrics went very well with the music. When the lyrics were intense, the music, especially the guitar, got intense, too. I think the singer is very skilled. Similar to David Draiman, lead singer of Disturbed, the singer of System Of A Down has a distinct voice that you can name who it is right off the bat. // 10
Overall Impression: Overall, this band does not compare to much other bands. They are again, unique, and always have been. There's no other band that compares to System Of A Down when it comes to lyrics and sound. Two songs I was most impressed with would be Cigaro and Old School Hollywood. Cigaro is the more mysterious type of song when you don't know if he's really meaning what he's saying, or if there's a hidden meaning to it and you just have to take the time to figure it out, and I like that about a song. Old School Hollywood has a unique sound with a meaning. The lyrics were written well. I love the lyrics the most about this album because of how well written they were, and the way they can be funny or serious, depending on the way you look at it. There's not much to hate on this album, but I do wish that the meanings to the songs were a bit easier to figure out. I would definetley buy this album again if I ever lost it or it got stolen. It's not the thing you'd want to lose, because you won't know what you're missing! // 9
raisedbycoffee2, on december 12, 2008 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Sound: This album is Awesome! I got it yesterday and listened to it, and it rocked. The guitar parts are well thought out, sound great, and a bit weird. The vocals, like SOAD, are strange, but have a message, like political or environmental. Some people gripe about Daron's screaming, but if you get pass that, it still sounds great. The drums are awesome, and I can't help but rock out with it. // 9
Lyrics: Like I said, the lyrics are political, environmental, and weird at some times, especially Violent Pornography, but it's still cool. Serji's voice I always found was pretty cool, and this is no exception. Some people hate Daron for singing, but I say to those people f--k you. I think Daron is great, and I like his vocals on his side project, Scars on Broadway. Though his screams are a little terrible, if you get pass that, it's pretty cool. // 8
Overall Impression: This album is one of the best ones I've bought. It all rocks.
01.Soldier side: this a perfect opener, with a great guitar. Very good vocals. 10/10
02.B.Y.O.B.: a single, this is one of my favorites. The guitar sounds sweet, and Serji's voice makes me want to sing along with him. Awesome drums and Bass. Daron's screams are a little annoying, but still great. 9/10
03.Revenga: guitar sounds a little middle eastern at the beginning, but then it kicks into the SOAD sound, and sounds great. Awesome vocals, drums, bass, and of course, guitar. 10/10
04.Cigaro: probably one of the weirdest songs on the album, It starts off with "My cock is bigger than yours". Really weird lyrics, but the guitar makes this song addicting, and so do the drums. 8/10
05.Radio/Video: good opening, I learned it and my friends all think its cool. There's a harmonic at the beginning, but then it starts off getting a little heavy. Then the vocals sound weird, like "hey man, look at me rockin out". Then it kicks into a part with what sounds like accordion. Actually, this one is all right,I like it. 7/10
06.This Cocaine makes me feel like I'm on this song: sounds like good 'ol old SOAD. This song starts out with a heavy riff, then it gets right into the song. Drums are fast and are awesome. Another favorite of mine. Lyrics are a little strange, but still great. 9/10
07.Violent Pornography: a really, really, really weird song. The opening really misleads you, because after it ends, it gets really weird, with what I said in lyrics. But that doesn't mean it sucks. This song is actually another favorite of mine. Might make people feel really weird, but its cool. 8/10
08.Question!: my least favorite, it starts with a acoustic beginning, its all right, but I don't really listen to it so much. But I have to say, the lyrics are one of the best on the album. Drums are okay, Guitars are okay. Everythings okay, except for the vocals, which are awesome. 7/10
09.Sad statue: kick ass. 2 words that describe it. Guitar is awesome, drums are awesome, bass is awesome, and Serji and Daron do an amazing job at vocals. Yet another favorite. 10/10
10.Old school Hollywood: it has a techno opening, which is okay, but then it kicks into metal, which is all right. Not my favorite. 6/10
11.Lost in Hollywood: yet another Hollywood title, it ends the album, which I think is a great ending. It starts with acoustic guitar with a little electric guitar. Daron is singing in the beginning, which is great. Serji sings background, which may sound bad, it really isn't. I think this is the perfect ending. 9/10
I can't wait to buy Hypnotize when I save enough money. If I lost this album, hell yeah I'd get a new copy! // 9
guitarguru1393, on august 21, 2009 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Sound: Alright, SOAD always had a very original and individual sound to them, but I think that it really peaked on this album. The sound varies from raging guitars and pounding drums to almost calming music (the latter of course being the lesser of the two sounds). While most of the material on the album is very intense, some of the best moments come when SOAD let their calmer side come out, especially on the album opener "Soldier Side - Intro" and the closer "Lost in Hollywood". This doesn't discount the aggressive music, which is actually some of the best they have ever put out. The big single "B.Y.O.B" is an instant classic, and the overlooked "This Cocaine Make Me Feel Like I'm On This Song" is a gem.
This doesn't mean that the album is totally flawless of course. "Sad Statue" is a decent song but it doesn't really live up to the other songs on the album. And "Old School Hollywood" is mostly throwaway filler.
Still, the sound on this album is brilliant thanks to the legendary Rick Rubin. His production is very up front, but it still feels like he let the band take the lead. While the guitars and drums are really the focus of the record, the bass is still a huge presence of some songs. // 9
Lyrics: Lyrically, this record is much like previous SOAD albums, except with a lot more depth and focus. While a lot of the lyrics are vague, they still are able to express a point and make a statement. The album starts out with the anti-war balled "Soldier Side", which is extremely emotion with both Serj Tankian and Daron Malakian harmonizing. This then leads into the powerful "B.Y.O.B.", which poses much of the same point as its predecessor except in a much more violent way.
Of course there are the occasional lyrical missteps, such as "This Cocaine Make Me Feel Like I'm On This Song", which is just pure fun, and "Old School Hollywood", which, again, is mostly throwaway filler.
"Question!" and "Lost in Hollywood" both show huge leaps forward lyrically, with a huge amount of depth and subject matter. The former posses thoughts on the after-life in much the same fashion of "Ariels" The latter shows how the greedy and power-hungry culture of L.A. can corrupt a person.
As far as the vocals go, they range from brilliant to sometimes annoying. Both Serj and Daron take turns at lead vocals. Daron makes his star turns on "Cigaro" and "Lost in Hollywood". Serj of course is still in command vocally, with "B.Y.O.B." and "Question!" being two of his greatest performances. On the other hand, "Radio/Video" and "Old School Hollywood" sound irritating after a while.
Overall, both the vocals and lyrics are satisfying overall, but not completely flawless. // 8
Overall Impression: Mostly, I find this album to be my personal favorite out of the SOAD catalog. The music and sound is great, and the vocals are much more mature than on previous SOAD albums. All the musicians are on top of their game, with Daron shooting out riff after riff, and the rhythm section of Shavo Odadjian (bass) and John Dolmayan (drums) giving Serj and Daron room to run, as well as taking the spotlight on some songs.
Personally, the best part of this album is the interplay between all the members. I love how both Serj and Daron sing and harmonize, and how all the musicians seem to make each other better. What I find the worst part of this album to be is how the lyrics sometimes get a little silly, and how the vocals get irritating at some points.
My personal favorite songs are "B.Y.O.B.", "Cigaro", "This Cocaine Make Me Feel Like I'm On This Song" and "Lost in Hollywood". All of these songs show all the good parts of the band, and how amazing their song writing can be. My least favorite songs are "Sad Statue" and "Old School Hollywood". Of course, these show all the weaknesses of the band. Frustrating vocals, half-baked ideas, and repetitive vocals.
I do love this record mostly because all the high points seem to out number and out shine the low points, which are mostly few and far in between. Great musicianship, good songwriting, and (for the most part) good lyrics and singing make this the best part of the SOAD collection. // 9
feesk8ordie, on may 06, 2005 0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Sound: The sound on this album is different enough to other System albums to appeal to previously non-system fans, while keeping the same range of wierd and interesting sounds to appease fans, for example one song uses an accorian. However, I personally feel it is one of System most interesting and different sounding albums. // 10
Lyrics: The lyrics on this album really stand out. The lead off single Byob keeps system's political spirit alive (every city gripped in oil, crying freedom, handed to obsoletion, still you feed us lies from the tablecloth) while the other well known album track, Cigaro, targets ego-tistical businessmen types (my cock is much bigger than yours). As with the sound, the lyrics cover a range of emotions and topics. Possibly the best song on the album, Question, gets philisophical with lines such as do we know when we die? do we know where we go? The album finisher, Lost In Hollywood depicts a washed up star regretting their chosen path in life (should have never trusted hollywood). Overall, fantastic lyrics (as always with System). // 10
Overall Impression: This is an incredible album. After hearing how pop orientated the single Byob was, I was finding myself doubtful. However all the songs are well written and just mindblowing. Standout tracks for me are: Question, Sad Statue and Lost In Hollywood. I urge you to buy this album (don't just download it as I did, I'm gonna buy it though as well) and support this incredible band. If only Hypnotize is this good. // 10
slash_015, on may 09, 2005 0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Sound: This sound listens f--in' great. The guitars, the vocals, the bass and the drums - everything is terrific. The styles are still fantastic. It's just SOAD. A mix of different music-styles (armenian folklore, heavy-metal and on the song "old school hollywood" a bit techno). But the sound stays excellent. // 10
Lyrics: The lyrics are like on the old Albums. Political, a bit funny and critical about the world. The song "Violent Pornography" has the best lyrics in my meaning. The vocals are great. It's good that Daron sings more than on the former albums. The lyrics apply to the music. // 10
Overall Impression: My two favorite songs are "Lost In Hollywood" and "Radio/Video." I hate nothing on this album. I love everything. It can keep up with any other band like Metallica, Guns N' Roses or any other rock-bands. // 10
unregistered, on may 13, 2005 0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Sound: SOAD has always had a very unique sound, which for a long time has been wrongly classified as nu-metal. I understand that nu-metal covers a large spectrum of music - most of which happens to be horrible and whiny, in truth. But System Of A Down's soundscapes have become too complex and unusual to fit into that category. This album takes their style to a whole new level, on which the instruments are handled with much more care than previously, and there's more detail in the various layers of it.
Not to say they've gone prog. or taken some odd Emperor-ish route; they've just evolved into a more "complete" band, sound-wise. The guitaring especially has improved drastically from the previous albums, and it actually sounds like Daron is a pretty good player on this one, whereas he could've been replaced by anyone on the other ones. I could do without so much of his voice - it doesn't hurt much on the album, but everybody can see that Serj is the most talented of the two, and on every live recording I've come by he's failed to hit the correct note. // 10
Lyrics: Odd and political as usually. They're not the most eloquent users of the English language, and though their lyrics seem to have matured more since previous releases, they're still not as "sophisticated" as, say, Tool. However, this is the way it works for SOAD, and the metaphors, words and themes are all worth a listen in spite o' all that. I'd even go as far as to say they're excellent when it comes to lyrics, just as Serj is when it comes to singing. Daron is far from a grade-A vocalist, but he's pretty good on this album, and his presence multiplies the amount of weird images the listener should get in his mind. // 10
Overall Impression: If it were "losted"? Wtf? Definitely worth a buy. Well-written, played and sung, and just overall entertaining. A little short, but with top-notch quality. "This Cocaine Makes Me Feel Like I'm On This Song" is worth a mention; not because of it's unparalelled greatness, but rather because of the energetic outburst it unleashes in only 2 minutes and 8 seconds. Serj sounds very Mike Patton-ish on it, which gives a definite thumbs up. However, first single "Byob" is probably the standout of the album, incorporating impressive tempo-changes, twin-vocal utilization, a fun chorus, some unusual screaming stuff by Daron, and a cool sarcastic lyrical side. The album doesn't have anything offensive though, and generally keeps a standard that fellow mislabelled noisemakers Mudvayne weren't able to keep on their newest release. It's also better than Naglfar's new CD, but that's a different story. // 10
unregistered, on may 19, 2005 0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Sound: I am so happy with this album. System Of A Down is so amazing in the fact that they can be a billion different genres in one album. They can switch genre mid-song. They really sound great in this album. I totally love the guitar this time. I think Daron is amazing, he can play so fast and I love how he puts things together. This album doesn't really sound all too similiar to Toxicity or Steal This Album, but that is not bad. I am just totally impressed with their songs. // 10
Lyrics: System Of A Down always has great lyrics. Daron is amazing because he writes most of the music and lyrics. I love the fact that Daron is singing alot more in this one. Daron and Serj flow so perfectly, it is amazing. The lyrics are great, but in some songs Serj spits 'em out so fast you can't even dream of singing along. The lyrics couldn't be better. // 10
Overall Impression: Overall I am totally satisfied. I have been listening to Steal This Album and I was getting a little bored but it happened right in the nick of time. I am in no way disapointed with this album. In fact I couldnt be happier! // 10
unregistered, on may 20, 2005 0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Sound: Ever since I heard Suggestions, I haven't been able to stop listening to SOAD. I couldn't listen to a lot of their songs because of their ever changing tempos and varied styles. I come from listening to Dream Theater, Iron Maiden, Guns 'N Roses etc and SOAD is nothing like I've ever heard before or heard since. I've been eagerly awaiting this new album, especially after I heard Byob and Cigaro. Can't wait till the follow up comes out in the fall! // 10
Lyrics: This is to all those people who think 'Cigaro' is about their respective penises. Please look over the lyrics and compare it to America's policy with respect to the rest of the world. At least I think that this song is about Bush's walk into Iraq, something like Byob I don't mean to be picky, but while reading through the reviews put up on this page, I just felt that it had to be said! // 10
Neo Taco, on may 20, 2005 0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Sound: System Of A Down has been a must have in my collection for quite some time now. Every album that came out, I've gotten. Their musical style is just straight-up bad ass and I admire Daron Malakian for his skill with the guitar. I hope to be as good as him one day. The last two songs of this album (Old School Hollywood and Lost in Hollywood) make it sound like Holly wood isn't really that great of a place as people might think. Who knows? Maybe their right. // 10
Lyrics: Their lyrics of Global Domination and pointing out everything wrong with this government (Why don't presidents fight the war?) is what we all really need. SOAD's lyrics made me realize that this world isn't perfect, and it never will be perfect unless we all stop blowing each other up. Serj has a great voice, I've admired that ever since I heard Chop Suey! And his vocal exposure in Mezmerise is nothing short of a kick-right-in-the-ass! // 10
Overall Impression: Mezmerise is probably their best albums they've made so far. It's right up there with Toxicity and Steal This Album. My personal favorites from this album have got to be Byob, Cigaro, Question!, Sad Statue, Old School Hollywood, and Lost In Hollywood. This whole album kicks ass and if you are a fan of SOAD then you must buy this album! I can't wait until part 2 of this set, Hypnotize, comes out in the late fall. // 10
shotgunjoe, on may 23, 2005 0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Sound: SOAD have changed so much. They have changed tuning from drop C to drop Db. This may not seem like a hell of a lot, but it sure as hell has a massive effect on the sound. Daron has also started using a Gibson SG as opposed to the old Ibanez Iceman. Again, this has had a huge effect on the sound. The thing is, this is System at their best. The tuning makes it sound more melancholy, which they pull off with great precision. The SG at first I found hard to believe (the Iceman was just so much cooler) but I now really want one as it just makes a really crisp sound. The opening (Soldier Side) is one of the most beautiful intros I have ever heard on an album. This ends on a siren and then one of the highlights of the album, Byob, which combines disco grooves with hard rocking. Other highlights include Revenga (great verses, solo and heroic outro), Sad Statue (so fast, then changes tempo like a gunshot, sounds great) and the album's sad finale, Lost In Hollywood (guitar playing is so precise, does it so well). Don't get me wrong, the other songs are absolutely brilliant, I just really wanted to mention these ones. // 10
Lyrics: Daron wrote most of the lyrics on this album. I've heard so many people complaing about this, as they say that the lyrics don't have as much of an impact as when Serj wrote them, and they aren't as meaningful. They must have had a huge impact if this many people are talking about it. If anything they are more meaningful. They are more straightforward which means that more people will understand them, which means people will get the true meaning of the songs, and maybe this will make them appreciate them more. My favourite for lyrics would probably be Cigaro, as it is just so funny, pure SOAD. Daron has a great voice, and he is great in the bridge for Byob. Serj is also brilliant, and people should stop complaining about lyrics and think about how great they are. // 10
Overall Impression: This is easily one of the best albums I have ever heard, it is certainly the best by SOAD by far. I love everything about it, it is so cool. Buy it now! // 10
jolley_small, on may 23, 2005 0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Sound: Sound wise the album was fine. Some nice riffs in there, most catchy too. It's not as good as say the first album, but its still a nice album, although a but short. // 8
Lyrics: System have always apealed to me with their meaningful/weird lyrics, this album still had good lyrics, but some songs e.g. Byob seemed more pop orientated. Still good songs mind you. I noticed Daron had more singing action. I prefer the lead singer's voice but hey he ain't bad. Their voices complement each other quite nicely, something I also noticed on steal this album. // 6
Overall Impression: Well, this album is definatly worth buyin. I'm a huge soad fan, and still album hasn't disapointed me, although its obviously not their best (the hand album being my fav). My fav song on this album (well two) are Revenga and cigaro. Vilent Pornography also cool. If it was stolen I would hunt down the thief, make him buy me another then insert his head up his ass so hed wear himself as a hat. // 8
unregistered, on may 24, 2005 0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Sound: Inspired and energetic. I love the playful nature they bring to their writing. They certainly do not take themselves too seriously but manage to produce some of the most original and relelvant metal around. // 10
Lyrics: They can be hard to follow. I remember reading how their lyrics are not limited to one topic/issue per song. With this said, they work well and set a tone much better than they make a point. // 8
Overall Impression: At least as strong as their last effort. I love Byob, which is a crazy and thought provoking take on the invasion of Iraq (as far as I can tell). The songs are mostly on the short side, but packed so full of tone, texture, and transitions that they "feel" longer. My one criticism is that their music doesn't have much "color," meaning lacks rich instrumental tonality. However, I love the album as this is their signature sound. Very strong effort. // 10
Pokinatcha12348, on may 26, 2005 0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Sound: SOAD is back and just as good as ever! The new CD sounds great and has some of the best SOAD songs ever on it! There is crazy screams on "Byob" to the mellow choruses in "Lost In Hollywood." It is a great CD with many different sounds to it. Sadly, I have to say Toxicity sounds better so it gets a four. // 8
Lyrics: Lyrics are always good with SOAD. There about of course the government, hypnotizing TV and how it is ruling the world. Big corporations saying they are bigger and better than everyone else, Serj and Daron have some of the most unique voices in the music industry today. With Darons high pitched voice and the multi voiced Serj, they make a great team to make great vocals. // 10
Overall Impression: I would say this is the best CD next to Toxicity. "Lost In Hollywood," "Old School Hollywood," "Violent Pornography," "Cigaro" and "Revenga" are all the songs I would recommend listening to. I would buy this CD over and over if it got stolen. Then I would have to hurt that person. There is no hate for this CD. Buy it asap! What are you doing? Go get it right now! // 10
playfielder, on may 27, 2005 0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Sound: Well well well, what can I say about Mesmerize? I've been really excited about this album. I love System and when I heard this album, I was dissapointed. Yes, a there were a few tracks were good. Some tracks I love. Stand out songs were: Soldier Side, Question! and Lost In hollywood. But songs like Violent Pornography and Old School Hollywood did not sound like System Of A Down at all and they were very dissapointing. Some riffs were good, but the songs got boring. So, alot of the songs were boring, too thrashy, or just not interesting to listen to. On a good note. Like I said before, some of the guitar is alot more interesting with some great clean bits, and I would suggest to learn them. // 6
Lyrics: Serj is a great singer, one of my favourites. And he shows this in Mesmerize, but maybe not in the right way. And Daron seems to want to take over singing as well, he sung a lot of the parts, some like in the verse of Sad Statue just sounded crap and out of key, his singing there ruined that song for me. Some of the lyrics were too fast, not many of them had passion. A lot of the lyrics were just scream really fast or really high. // 4
Overall Impression: More dissapointing things was that there were only 11 tracks and the whole album went for about 36 minitues. It's not like writing one more song would kill them! This album sounded like a bit joke. Aerials, had no meaning to it when they wrote it, but the way the song came across was powerful, unlike this album. I would suggest to burn this album from a friend first before, buying it. I'm sure this album would appeal to some people, but just not me. // 8
MaxLees666, on may 30, 2005 0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Sound: 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. // 10
Lyrics: 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! // 10
Overall Impression: 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. // 10
unregistered, on june 03, 2005 0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Sound: The sound on this SOAD album kicks major ass and is very diffrent from there old stuff. It might take system fans a while before getting use to the style of the songs or Daron's voice but hey once you get used to it everythings rocks. To me every track on the new album is a stand out track they all have there great parts. // 10
Lyrics: I have heard some people talking bad about the lyrics which pisses me off. One because they don't know what they are saying or they go to fast. If you want to know them so bad look in the little album book that tells you all the lyrics. The last thing is that people don't like Darons singing. Like it's great man true metal all highwhich is awesome and he always is screaming his ass off give him some credit praise System Of A Down and their bold lyrics. // 10
Overall Impression: This new album does not compare to any other album out there. There is no question that this is the best album of 2005. To me there is no 1 impressive song they are all great and awesome in there own way. I love that Serj is questioning everything it gets you thinking and also Daron's voice it kicks ass man! If this album was stolen I would for sure buy it again and buy a couple more just in case. // 10
unregistered, on june 06, 2005 0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Sound: The sound is great. The best way I've heard it described is schizophrinic or bipolar. It goes from extreme heavy metal to soft and melodic and sounds great. Daron did a fantastic job writing the music for this. He also played a lot of the bass parts because he knows the feel for the songs. Don't worry, he's working with Shavo so he can play it on tour. // 10
Lyrics: The lyrics are also fantastic. They don't always make sense, but that's also why I love them. They also get very political which I think is great for a band to be doing. To the kid that thought "Soldier Side" was completely pointless, I hope you never procreate, because it's an introduction to the CD, it's not supposed to be 4 minutes long, it's supposed to set the mood for the album, which it did fantastically. And to anyone who thinks Daron is being egotistical by doing some lead singing. I assume you guys do know how to read, since you did write a review, so pick up July's copy of Guitar World Magazine. Daron explains how Daron, Serj, and Shavo go way back, and Daron used to do all of the lead singing in earlier forms of SOAD. It feels very natural for all of them to have Daron singing more, so back off. // 10
Overall Impression: I have to admit, I didn't care for most of the album the first time I flipped through the tracks. I bought it for Byob and because I love SOAD, but the second time I went through and listened to the whole album, I realized how much I really like every song on the CD, especially "Lost In Hollywood," which is very traditional SOAD. It's a little slow compared to the rest of their stuff, but a very good song. I would not recommend any one song on this CD, because the entire album is fantastic. // 10
proguit933, on june 06, 2005 0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Sound: I've been waiting for this album ever since steal this album. System is a great band, and this album lives up to their name. The sound of this album sounds alot different but at the same time they really return to a lot of stuff they used to do alot more. An example is Serj's voice, he still plays around with it alot which is good stuff. Something different that I also noticed was that the guitar tone changed a bit. I later realized it was because daron stopped used Drop C and is now using a Drop Db, which I think is a change for the better. // 10
Lyrics: The lyrics on the album have a big range. From funny to sad to political to mad and so on. When I heard the lyrics to cigaro "my cock is much bigger than yours, my cock can walk right through the door" I couldn't help but laugh, but I didn't know what they meant by walk right through the door. Still, it's stuck in my head. The politicality (if thats a word) to the lyrics is another great pat of it. There aren't that many mainstream bands out there that actually sound like they know what theyre talking about and you can hear a deeper meaning to it. Sad Statue really stood out to me on this. Great lyrics. // 10
Overall Impression: I love that System has invented a way to change their style while in a way keeping theyre old style. It definitely lived up to my expectations. If it were stolen, I would make sure to hunt down the person that stole it and make the person wish he were dead (well maybe). // 10
potassium_39, on june 06, 2005 0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Sound: My first impression of this album was WOW! It's got the full package! The sounds are awesome. From the middle eastern sounds to some hard blown and memorable riffs! This album has some instant classics like Byob and Revenga! The sounds will get stuck in your head! You'll be humming them all day. // 10
Lyrics: As you know System are very political which means some really unforgetable lyrics. For instance 'why don't the presidents fight the wars' is a line I think eveyone can relate to. As everyone knows Serj and Daron have an amazing vocal talents. They work very well as they can ball their heads off but on other songs harmonize. // 10
Overall Impression: I think the most impressive songs on the album are: Byob, Revenga, Violent Pornography, Sad Statue and Lost In Hollywood. I love 99% of it maybe the lyrics are a tad too political but hey I'm not complaining its an amazing album and a must have of 2005! If I lost this album I would definitley buy it again! I recommend you stop what you're doing right now go down to your local music store and buy this album! // 10
unregistered, on june 07, 2005 0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Sound: Mezmerize, half of the double disc of Mezmerize/Hypnotize has an even more unique sound than the rest of their work. The first time I listened to it, I was shocked with the change in SOAD. I thought that with Daron on backing vocals were better, but after a few rounds of Mezmerize on nearly maximum volume in my bedroom, I changed my mind. This album is a must have for anyone! The sound, the story goes deep, too complicated to understand in the beginning. Every song has an incredible amount of detail hidden. Even now when I listen to it, new things come to me. For me, this SOAD album would be incomparable to the earlier masterpieces such as System of a down, Toxicity and Steal this album. This is because the changes were critical, and a wise change. In Mezmerize you'll be stunned by the detail, drum lines, guitar lines, vocals, bass, well, probably everything. I noticed John used double pedal too in Mezmerize. Remarkable musical theories are also used included in Mezmerize. Every track continues the dark, haunting mood of Mezmerize which, I assume from the uncountable times I've been listening to it, is about the "victims." Soldier's Side, a perfect introduction for Mezmerize gives the listener an introduction to the most exotic, brilliant record of SOAD. Cigaro and Radio/Video truly draws how skillful and creative SOAD always were and will be. // 10
Lyrics: No need to say about the skills of Daron and Serj. In Mezmerize, Daron sings the lead vocals, while Serj backs him up. Songs like Cigaro, Radio/Video, Sad Statue, and Lost in Hollywood doubts my thoughts whether it s time to use the word "perfect." I will not say anymore on vocals because if you leave your computer right now and go get this album now and appreciate the masterpiece first hand is so much more worthwhile than reading me babbling about something that can't be described. // 10
Overall Impression: This work by SOAD is a very complexed piece. It takes time to understand it. Unless you are as crazy as I am, then let Mezmerize flow. Play it listen to it while you are chillin' (I don't mean Chill chillin') and mark my words, you will stop what you were doing and sit closer and listen closer to the player to listen whether it was just you or was Mezmerize that incredible. Complexed and detailed, this album is, but at the same time, very catchy. You will not be able to get the melody out of your head all day. If you don't have Mezmerize, go now! This is a masterpiece not to be missed at all! Mezmerize is this good already, what does SOAD have in their pockets for Hypnotize. I question soon to be answered and anticipated. I thought you were supposed to go get Mezmerize? Get that dopey look off your face, and get the album. If you think I'm silly doing this then wait til you've understood Mezmerize. // 10
Cobain-iac_90, on june 17, 2005 0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Sound: What a wonderful way to kick off their double-album release of Hypnotize/Mezmerize. System Of A Down has amazed me since Toxicity, and I enjoyed everything about this album. From the wild vocal hi-jinks of Serj and Daron, to just Daron's insane guitar work. The dropped tuning was magnificent, and unlike most metal you see today. And the use of a phaser or whatever it was in "Old School Hollywood" was an added plus for me. The songs on this album, like "BYOB" and "Revenga," follow in the styles of past classics, such as "Aerials" and "Chop Suey." Wonderful, wonderful stuff. // 10
Lyrics: You can't listen to this album and not realize that a good half of these songs are political rants. But I loved it anyway. I enjoyed the fact that they are willing to voice their opinions and make good music at the same time. I will never tire of Serj's vocals. He sounds so humorous in songs like "This Cocaine Makes Me Feel Like I'm On This Song" or "BYOB," yet so meaningful on tracks like "Question!" and "Soldier's Side (Intro)." And Daron has wonderful talent as well, and he demonstrates this on songs like "Lost In Hollywood" and even the humorous "Cigaro." Beautiful and just ridiculous lyrics by Serj and Daron. // 10
Overall Impression: Never have I seen such a wonderful anti-political band in the history of music. Every song on here is a keeper. You just can't skip a single track on there. "Cigaro" keeps you laughing as it enlightens you on political evils, and "Lost In Hollywood" gives you a little taste of their softer side. I can't hate a single thing on this album. I love the guitar work, the vocals and the lyrics. I can only hope Hypnotize surpasses this album. // 10
unregistered, on june 21, 2005 0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Sound: Original, amazing, breath-taking. The only thing more powerful than listening to the album is hearing SOAD's amazing talent to deliver the song at an even higher standard live on stage, not faltering a single note. // 10
Lyrics: Well what can I say? Just like all System's albums so far. The lyrics are unique, unrivalled and the best construction of madness and powerful meaning. People tend to have varied opinions of Daron's vocal inputs, all I can say is they add a new dimension and make this album fresh and further still the most original System album to date. Of course Serj will always be the lead, but then again he is the voice of System. // 10
Overall Impression: Terrific, amazing, mind blowing. If you don't have it - get it. Rob an old woman for the money if you have to, just get a hold of it! // 10
unregistered, on june 27, 2005 0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Sound: I gatta say that this is my favorite album that they have ever made. I mean every single track on this album is kickass. What's great about this album is that now Daron sings. Some people are saying that Daron's singining ruined the album. These people are f--ktards. Darons singing was better than Serj's in some songs (i.e. Lost In Hollywood). // 10
Lyrics: What makes System Of A Down so awesome is that their lyrics have always been different than any other band out there. Mezmerize does not dissapoint in lyrics. The lyrics are just amazing in this album. Even though most of them don't make sense at firsdt they still fit together. // 10
Overall Impression: I'll say again that this is my favorite album theyve put forth so far. If your a fan of SOAD then get your ass of the computor and go buy this album. Or steal it or somthing. Or if you're just wanting to starts to lisen to SOAD than buy this one. Then buy Toxicity. // 10
unregistered, on july 13, 2005 0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Sound: This is a very different CD in terms of System's style. This is a well recorded disc and is good quality but if you listen to there newest single 'defy you' it has a very distinct resemblence to a much earlier hit of theirs 'nuguns' I myself am a huge fan of SOAD but I was really dissapointed with this one mishaps. Otherwise this is a very enjoyable album, the band seem to have created a new System, still retaining their old qualities and recognisable sound but with a very new and fresh blast! They remain as heavy and as brilliant as ever. The group also seem to have also adapted a new dress code to go with their sounds, very class, very rock. Anyone who has seen the video for their newest hit 'BYOB' will have noticed this. // 8
Lyrics: Daaron seems to have found a hidden talent of his as he now has a much greater role then just backing vocals, he shares the writing and singing in many of the new songs along with serg. He did this to a certain extent prior to this album but has stepped it up a notch, this is also evident in 'BYOB' Serg's ideas remain tightly focused on his hatered of the American government, amongst war and various other ideas. He still remains a talented and well respected vocalist. // 8
Overall Impression: It is very different so therefore is hard to compare to previous albums. I think BYOB and Sad Statue are the most influencial and powerful songs on this album. I think this new type of 'System' is fantastic but there older material still remains the best for me. There is not much I dislike on this record apart from the lyrically remastered 'nuguns' which is now defy you, good song but a let down on the bands part, in my opinion. For all System Of A Down lovers I think it's worth while buying, and also for those that don't yet appreciate their music. // 8
unregistered, on july 18, 2005 0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Sound: This album is great don't get me wrong but I'm just not feeling the sound of Daron, it's not the same his voice is like squeaky screaming. Although on songs like Lost In Hollywood it's not as bad when he's just singing softly. I've always loved their guitar riffs wheter it's as fast as BYOB or slow as Lost In Hollywood. Daron is a great guitarist. System Of A Down is a great band and the sound on this album is great but it upsets me that Serj does not sing as much hopefully Hypnotize will be different. // 8
Lyrics: The lyrics on this album are funny no doubt I've always loved what Serj is singing about but they have never made any sense. Although their are songs when they talk about important issues and the lyrics fit perfect with guitars, and I have always like the soung of Serj's voice but not so sure about Daron. // 8
Overall Impression: This album is great but I still like Toxicity more then this one. What I think that every song on this album is great in it's own way. I love the guitars on this always will but hate Daron's voice. If this album was stolen or lost I would not buy it again. // 8
Red.Washburn77, on august 27, 2005 0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Sound: It's different than anything System Of A Down's done previously. There are spanish guitar influences that are quite evident in tracks such as Violent Pornography and Sad Statue. This album is different enough from traditional SOAD to take in new fans, but familiar enough to entice traditional fans back. // 10
Lyrics: Nothing new with the lyrics. They may not make sense to the casual listener, but read into 'em, and it makes all the difference. What's also impressive about Daron Malakian and Serj Tanakian's writing skills is the ability to deliver a powerful message while still making us laugh. Tracks like Cigaro and Violent Pornography both have meaningful messages, accompanied with hilarious lyrics. You can't help but laugh, even if you don't have a sense of humor. // 10
Overall Impression: There are eleven tracks on this CD, and each one is the best. If you've actually taken time to read this review, go out and buy the CD now! // 10
unregistered, on september 06, 2005 0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Sound: The sound of this album is great, grasy riffs played by Malankian really kicked ass on this CD. // 10
Lyrics: Lyrics are great! Daron's high pitch voice makes a perfect harmonics to Serj's singing. To all the idiots who wrote that Daron ruined the album I have to say that his voice is as unique as Serj's, but in a different way. He made a great progress from the last albums and became a great singer. I admit that in some songs Serj should be the lead vocal, but Radio/Video or Lost In Hollywood wouldn't be so good without Daron's voice. Lyrics are freaky, but with a message. Politics in the songs of SOAD isn't a bad thing. It teaches younger generations how to thing right and warns the youth not to do the same mistake their parents did, like voting for Bush and fighting a meaningless war over oil rigs. I think that tis kind of message is crucial in the development of kids and that every school should play several SOAD songs to their students! // 10
Overall Impression: It's pretty much the normal SOAD album, which is, by default, completely insane and positive! // 10
unregistered, on september 20, 2005 0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Sound: I like Mezmerise, I can listen to it over and over. However, Darren can't sing for toffee. The quality of the music is execelent and when Serj sings the songs, the songs are class. But I think Cigaro is funny, I like Cigaro. This band aren't for people who don't like change, cause the songs on Mezsmerise change almost every track. // 10
Lyrics: The lyrics in the songs are wierd but cool, if you get what I mean. As I said before, Darren cannot sing for toffee. Serj is the main singer and shouldn't be shunted aside from that position by a crazy dude who can't sing. // 8
Overall Impression: The only other album I've heard is Toxicity but I think they are both as good as each other in different ways. My 3 favourite songs on Mezmerise are Chop Suey, Bring Your Own Bombs and Cigaro. I love the album in general and I can't hate it at all. If it were stolen then I'd go buy it again, definatly. // 10
unregistered, on october 13, 2005 0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Sound: Incredible work has gone in to the quality of this album. Every note sounds pristine clear, even throught the gut wrenchingly high gain. The sound varies from usual System (tracks such as Cigaro and Revenga) to completley new but still good trakcs (Radio/Video and Old School Holywood). And they even throw in an clean track for good measure (Lost In Hollywood). Don't be alarmed about the clean track though. This is no magic numbers song. This is a dark and meaningfull ballad. // 10
Lyrics: A bit let down acctually! I am a huge fan of Serj's voice, whereas Darren seems to dominate the vocal side becoming more of a second singer than a backup singer. Don't get me wrong Darren's voice is incredible! But there's something strange and brilliant about Serj's voice that I just can't resist. As far as the lyrics go, still quirky as ever (gonneria, gorganzola, single files and clean feedings?) but still incredible. // 8
Overall Impression: I'm not too sure if an of the die hard "old" system fans will appreciate this as much. But anyone who liked them will still do. Far from changing there whole sound as some bands do, System have managed to keep there old loveable crazy tone and manipulate it into something new and exciting. But definately still system! // 10
fox69, on october 31, 2005 0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Sound: SOAD is definetly my favorite metal band out there. Daron is an unbelievable guitarist and had a lot of new and innovative riffs in the albums. Shavo's bass was rocking. John's drumming changed from there other albums, but not neccessarly for the worse. He didn't pound the drums as much as before and he did alot more cymbal work in this album which just shows he's getting better and better. Very good band. // 10
Lyrics: SOAD haven't lost their roots at all with this album. They have their political song writing in a few song, "BYOB," "Soldier's Side." Serj and Daron are awesome songwriters I only hope the other half of the double set, Hypnotize, is half as good lyrically. // 10
Overall Impression: They had less songs that were nothing more then just noise in this album. They had a lot more meaning, but they didn't go soft either. Best songs are "BYOB," "Question!" "Sad Statue," "Lost In Hollywood," "Radio/Video" and "Violent Pornography." If I lost this album I'd definetly buy it again, and I'm buying Hypnotize no matter what as well. // 10
unregistered, on november 01, 2005 0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Sound: This album is one of the best albums I've ever listened to. The guitarist is amazingly talented, along with all of the other members. And critics tend to agree. Their music is so outstanding and unique that it has created its own genre of music described only as amazing. // 10
Lyrics: Surge, the lead vocals in the band, has a perfect voice for this music. The guitarist, is also vocally talented. The lyrics may be racy, and inapropriate for younger audiences, but that's not an object for them. The lyrics are also very political. System Of A Down talks about the problems with the government, Lost In hollywood, talks of people gone homeless from being robbed by false talent agents. // 10
Overall Impression: I would say that this band is one of my top 3 favorites of all time (next to Aerosmith and AC/DC). If I lost this album I'd buy 10 more to be able to stock up on them as much as possible. All of the songs on this album are amazing. They use a combination of keyboard, guitar, bass, drums, and it's just amazing that anyone could develop a sound so perfectly created. Out of 30, I'd give this album a 40. // 10
Rattlehead666, on december 02, 2005 0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Sound: This is the bands first release in 2005. Overall its an excellent album. The worst song on the album is propely BYOB but it's still an okay song. A lot of people I know say System Of A Down is no good and thats because they heard BYOB. There are songs on this album 1,000,000 times better than BYOB. You got songs like Question! with the cool spanish part at the beginning and then the cool electric guitar riff. You got Sad Statue which is my favorite song on the whole album. Another good song is Old School Hollywood which has some good riffs. This is a great album if you listen to other than BYOB. // 10
Lyrics: The lyrics to System Of A Down are different to any other metal band that I listen to. You got songs like Old School Hollywood where Daren sings '"Hey man don't you touch my belt (Old School Hollywood Washed Up Hollywood) Standing in the sun I'm about to melt" which I always found funny. The other songs have good lyrics to. Serj and Daron are great vocalists. I just hope I got the right names down and that they are spelt right. // 10
Overall Impression: I like this album very much. I never heard the new album Hypnotize yet but I bet it is gonna be just as good or better than Mezmerize. Also the two albums are suppose to be able to join up with each other too which is very cool. I don't hate anything about this album and I would never lose this album because It never leaves my room. // 10
myampgoesto11, on february 27, 2006 0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Sound: System Of A Down returns with another great album. Daron is an even better guitarist, Shavo has improved greatly at playing bass, and John can't get better at drums. And this album mix up the heavy metal that is the heart of SOAD, some lighter rock such as Question!, Soldier Side - Intro, and Radio/Video. My first SOAD album, and it made me want to buy more. // 9
Lyrics: Not somehting for the young'uns. I'd like to see less Cigaro and Violent Pornography, but the rest is very good. Serj and Daron have once again proved he can sing as well as scream. And unlike other bands, their screaming sounds decent. // 8
Overall Impression: As I said in the Toxicity review, they are different. No other band has ver, and will ever be like them. // 9
unregistered, on april 07, 2006 0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Sound: I love the music! It is so open and creative. You'll never hear anything else like it except their other CDs! This album is solely created off of amazing music and set me free vocals. Daron Malakian (sings lead on most song and plays guitar) is amazing! He defines talent, but the real credit goes to the entire band for makign this kind of music that gets fans and the people involved. I love the song Lonely Day. It is totally different than the rest of their songs. Sort of ballad like and has an incredible guitar solo. If you are into heavy alternative music, youll love this CD. // 10
Lyrics: Awesome and meaning lyrics. Very melodic and metaphoric. The lyrics couldn't go with other riffs. Awesome compliance. They were made for each other. These are some of the most talented singers in the business. They sound very harmonious together. // 10
Overall Impression: This makes no comparison at all. Totally different. Something new. You'll love it from Attack to Soldier Side. Every minute of it baby. Some of the most impressive songs are Attack, Dreaming, Holy Mountains, Lonely Day, Tenative, all of the songs are truly impressive. I love all of it. Hate none of it. If I lost it, id buy 30 more copies so if I every lost it again I wold have several more to spare. // 10
boyan89, on may 01, 2006 0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Sound: The sound on this CD is amazing I mean its a mix they took all different types of genres of music heavy metal mostly, some punk and some screamo and 1 Marilyn Manson sounding song.
01. Soldier Side (Intro) - nice way to stary off the album.
02. B.Y.O.B. - one of my favorite songs on the album has awesome guitar riffs and nice drums and it goes from loud to soft to loud to soft and then loud again.
03. Revenga - awesome song has a really cool intro and guitar all the way through.
04. Cigaro - has fast beat drums and a catchy guitar tune.
05. Radio/Video - again soft to loud and one of my favorite songs on the album has a really catchy intro and chorus.
06. This Cocaine Makes Me Feel Like I'm On This Song - cool catchy guitar riff and nice bass lines I guess.
07. Violent Pornography - awesome song one of my favs once again starts off clean guitar then it has distortion.
08. Question! - starts off with a nice acoustic song and then it turns into a really fast paced song.
09. Sad Statue - awesome song starts off with a cool riff and then a nice catchy chorus.
10. Old School Hollywood - this song kind of song like This Is New Shit by Marilyn Manson which by the way sux but this song has a really cool sound.
11. Lost In Hollywood - one of my favs once again and a nice way to close the album. // 10
Lyrics: The singer skills are awesome I mean he suddenly goes into softness then screamo then hell do something really hilarious.This album has pretty good background vocals. // 10
Overall Impression: This album cannot compare to any other artists because there is a lot of genres. I love the fact they mixed the songs into different genres and they are a different band then most other bands out there. I don't hate anything about it. If it were lost I would definetely buy it again or just knock the guy out who stole it. // 10
shibby3, on may 23, 2006 0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Sound: The sound in this album is great. In "B.Y.O.B." there a are strong political views. That shows there's a message in the song. But overall, the sound is an amazing variation. In "Radio/Video" there is some folk music and in "Sad Statue" it is very heavy rock. The great thing about this album is the variation of different sounds used in the songs. It's great for the every day rocker. // 10
Lyrics: My first impression of lyrics was, whoah, fast words, need to keep up. But once you know what he is saying it's better. The words are strong and so is they way he sings them. The lyrics go right with the pace of the songs which is good. Also Serj has very good singing skills, but you can't forget Daron. He'll sing occasionally but his words really stick out. They can both go from high to low pitch voices, and they both sound good especially with their music. // 10
Overall Impression: This album is so hard to compare to others because it's so different. But that's how System of a Down is. One of a kind. Some of the most impressive songs are "B.Y.O.B.", well, all of them are impressive. They're all good, I didn't think any of them were bad. I just love the hard rock sound with the folk and softer sounds blended in it. I don't hate anything about this album except for the fact that there weren't more songs to rock out to, but there's probably some sort of limit, so I can't blame them. If the cd was stolen or lost, I'd definetely buy it again. // 10
aenimafist, on june 09, 2007 0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Sound: SOAD has an extremely unique sound of their own that can never be redone by any normal person or group of persons. All of the screaming and chaotic background sounds and such are what make the band so different from everyone else. They did a good job starting and ending the album with quiet songs and Lost in Hollywood in my opinion is the perfect period for the album. // 10
Lyrics: I love SOAD's sense of humor and they make me want to make a T-shirt that says "I support bands that complain about the government" which would be a true statement. SOAD always can find a way to make humor out of anything political which never should be humorous. Daron is a good singer on Lost in Hollywood and the song fits him the best during the really long chorus ending the song. Serj's best moment on the album is, to me, Cigaro because in the chorus, his voice sounds so cool with the Cigaro Cigaro Cigar. // 10
Overall Impression: SOAD is un matchable to this day and will remain unmatchable for a very long time so it would seem. The best songs are B.Y.O.B, This Cocaine Makes Me Feel Like I'm On This Song, Question, and both Hollywood songs. Not that the others aren't good because they are just these stand out the most. There is really nothing to dislike from this album except I accidentally bought the editted version thinking it wasn't editted so the packaging fooled me. And I didn't like Cigaro the first few times I heard it. // 10
Kevy Absolution, on november 07, 2008 0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Sound: As the first half of a two-disc series, System of a Down's "Mezmerize" stands as the premier to the "newer" System sound. From the first track the CD presents a lyrical journey through American society and government's problems. As always, System's Nu-Metal sound is there, from Serj's diverse singing styles to Daron's fast fretwork. While the songs take a slightly more "sane" tone than "Toxicity" did (Anyone remember the song "Bounce"? ), the album still has the great, catchy riffs and lyrics that kept me listening for years. // 10
Lyrics: The majority of this album's lyrics are about politics or society. Like a good citizen should, songwriters Serj Tankian and Daron Malakian use their lyrics to criticize the wrongdoings of these two groups. While the lyrics are often abstract, they still have a good implicit theme and are catchy. Listeners might catch that the songs often include odd time signatures, which allows Serj to explore his voice more fully than on previous albums. // 10
Overall Impression: Overall, Mezmerize is a solid System of a Down album that doesn't fail to please. The diversity of the album combined with the intermittent messages is fresh, healthy for the ears, and a great addition to your library. Also, for the aspiring guitarist, the songs are fun to learn (I've learned all of them so far! ) so you will have plenty of good times with this CD. // 10