Hypnotize [Explicit]
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Hypnotize [Explicit]

January 29, 2008

  Song Title
Kill Rock 'n Roll
Stealing Society
Holy Mountains
Vicinity Of Obscenity
She's Like Heroin
Soldier Side

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  • Original Release Date: January 29, 2008
  • Release Date: January 29, 2008
  • Label: American/Columbia
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  • Total Length: 39:41
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  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • ASIN: B001412W28
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (334 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,768 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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108 of 125 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything I expected Mezmerize to be November 22, 2005
Format:Audio CD
A recent article in The Washington Post so accurately assessed that System of a Down luckily, and yet, unintentionally, rode the coattails of the nu-metal era, though it cannot accurately be limited to the definition of nu-metal. Indeed, with the near death of that obviously baseless sound, System of a Down, unlike Korn, Limp Bizkit, Mudvayne, etc., remains a Billboard behemoth because this Armenian foursome possesses a truly unique formula.

The second half of its 2005 output, Hypnotize, to me, is much more of a logical step from Toxicity than the very good, yet still regressive, Mezmerize. Where that album toyed with a more tempered and simplistic formula, Hypnotize is a lethal dose of aggression and mayhem filtered through a refreshing maturity in the songwriting department.

Possibly throwing a middle finger to the critics who question the musicianship of the group, Hypnotize contains System of a Down's most impressive technical performance since its self-titled debut, hands down. I mean, in no way has this become a technical band, but the songs are far more dynamic, the time signature changes more frequent and complex, and the riffs noticeably more intricate. In fact, "Lonely Day" (not one of my favorites) contains a solo from Daron, which should put to rest the critique that he has limited ability while simultaneously highlighting the fact that he obviously does not believe in shameless self-glorification over song quality.
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66 of 79 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Survival of the Fittest... November 28, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Well, after Mezmerize left me with a great, but ultimately far too small taste of the new direction System is now taking, I of course had to wait impatiently for this second half to be released. I loved Mezmerize, and aside from the somewhat mediocre "BYOB," I thought it could compete face to face with any of System's other albums. It wasn't perfect, in my opinion, as it had some of System's laziest lyrics. But it was still a shocking revelation of how much System has grown and matured. Instead of slowly deteriorating and giving in to the wishes of short-sighted marketing executives like almost every other band from this era of metal, SOAD continues to create art and progress. For a more in depth opinion of Mezmerize, I have written a separate review, but of course this is a review of Hypnotize.

...and to be honest, I was disappointed upon first listen. The songs just wouldn't gel for me, didn't grab me emotionally like the best songs on Mezmerize. But this turns out to be a bit of a grower (albeit it a very fast one): three spins and I was hooked. Sure, it doesn't resemble the self-titled in quite as many ways as Mezmerize did. But it takes those elements that Mezmerize brought back into the equation and develops them even furthur. The frenetic, progressive Mr. Bungle-esque time shifts and dissonances are more seamlessly combined with the melodic sentiments carried over from the Toxicity days to create a new sound of sorts. System is going forward and won't be looking back anytime soon.

One major difference between Mezmerize and Hypnotize is variety - while Mezmerize had a more interesting variety of different sounds ("Old School Hollywood," "Cigaro," and "Question" for example,) Hypnotize shows a more cohesive sense of flow.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Different but Awesome November 30, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Hypnotize, the companion CD to Mesmerize, completes a double album of the best music that System of a Down has ever created. This second half offers stranger and at times much more discordant tunes than Mesmerize. That is what is so good about it though. Hypnotize's themes are a little bit darker than Mesmerize's so the music is naturally darker. Many of the tracks are reminiscent of the older tracks of the original album. The sound, however, has evolved immensely with extremely complex guitar riffs, multiple layers of sound and amazing vocal harmony. The accompanying lyrics are also outstanding. You may find yourself headbanging and shedding tears in the same song. It's hard to describe everything that makes this album so awesome. If you like any of System of a Down's previous CD's, then you should buy Hypnotize...NOW!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very complicated beautiful music March 16, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Ok I guess I will throw my two cents into the mix here. I am forty five years old and I have been listening to metal/rock since the '70s when I was in high school. So I bestow the following compliment with great caution keeping in mind the awesome stature of Hendrix or Zepplin, or any other rock/metal band - you fill in the blank. This was one of the best rock albums I have ever listened to. The music was complicated, well written, carefully orchestrated, and at times mysterious. I cannot remember a rock group that could "switch gears" so seamlessly going from long discordant perhaps 64th note phrases to a sudden group of very melodic half notes - many times in a different key. And in the middle of it all Daron and Serj juxtapose their very different voices to match the storm of music swirling around them. The effect created reminds me alot of John Coltrain's sax runs - a flurry of horizontal, vertical and diagonal notes, but somewhere down the middle is this beautiful humming theme. The best song on the album is Holy Mountains - a mysterious violin laced gut-wrenching seven minute rock symphony which may well go down as one of the finest rock songs ever penned. The first time I heard this song I thought to myself that System could have written an entire album using this single theme a la Tull's "Thick as a Brick" or "Passion Play." In any event this is great music. Enjoy.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Awesome great sound great chorus awesome instruments wildly awesome vocals anyone who is a fan should definetly have this album.
Published 1 month ago by Brett Lambert
1.0 out of 5 stars wrong product...
The package that arrived had mesmerized instead of hypnotized. As I had already ordered both....I ended up with two hypnotized. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Taylor ashton haynes
5.0 out of 5 stars Great band (but polarizing)
Great LA Band, but very polarizing. You either love them or hate them. I appreciate how many of their songs change music styles/genre in middle of song. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jeffrey Roach
5.0 out of 5 stars a musical orchestra the 2nd part cd that goes with mesmerize
This cd is the 2nd cd in a unofficiall set it ties in and all the songs are closely related to mezmerize a great. Read more
Published 5 months ago by kyle c.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
All the songs on this album seem excellent, one of the best albums of music, from my point of view.
Published 6 months ago by Fredy Pérez
5.0 out of 5 stars HYPNOTIZE
Published 7 months ago by JUAN M. ORTEGA
3.0 out of 5 stars Love the album but...
I bought this album because I already knew I loved it. My main problem is that it is the "CLEAN" version which makes me pretty angry. I don't read anywhere that is specified. Read more
Published 8 months ago by VoyageAmazon
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT BAND!!!!!!!!!!
SYSTEM OF A DOWN is such a great unique HEAVY METAL band....SERJ TANKIAN is a great lyricist and singer and the band is BRUTAL with strange nuances on the sound and a UNBELIEVABLE... Read more
Published 11 months ago by FLUMINENSE
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
My nephew loved it. He listens to it constantly. He put it into his ipod and listens to it while he plays online.
Published 14 months ago by Khow
5.0 out of 5 stars cd
This one is one I have heard a few but was impressed with the music. I dont think I like mezmerize.
Published 15 months ago by Rebel
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