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Hypnotize [Dual Disc]

System of a DownAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (November 22, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Dual Disc
  • Label: Sony
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (336 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #296,446 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Attack
2. Dreaming
3. Kill Rock 'N Roll
4. Hypnotize
5. Stealing Society
6. Tentative
7. U-Fig
8. Holy Mountains
9. Vicinity of Obscenity
10. She's Like Heroin
11. Lonely Day
12. Soldier Side

Editorial Reviews

Closing out the second half of 2005 just as its predecessor i>Mesmerize closed out the first, Hypnotize completes System of a Down's finest hour to date. The two albums form a lean and nearly perfect whole that places this Los Angeles collective in league with the likes of Smashing Pumpkins and Pink Floyd. System has created an enduring body of work that challenges conventional notions about the nature of the contemporary rock album. More practically, they have given listeners a fine second act that attacks and attacks hard, inspiring as much headbanging as vintage Metallica and as thought-provoking as the Minutemen and the Dead Kennedys. (Vocalist Serj Tankian's barbaric yawp sometimes calls to mind head Kennedy Jello Biafra.)

The album's first half features the most brutal, perfect and direct rock ‘n' roll that's come down the old mainstream this year: "Attack," "Kill Rock ‘n' Roll," "Tentative" and "U-Fig" lead the charge while "Holy Mountains" gracefully moves us toward this epic's final challenging moments. Latter tracks such as "She's Like Heroin" (Frank Zappa's idea of The Three Penny Opera) and "Lonely Day" fail to maintain the intensity heard early on but not don't prevent Mesmerize and Hypnotize from coming together as one of the most definitive heavy rock albums of the decade. --Jedd Beaudoin

Product Description

Hypnotize is part two of the two album set from System of A Down and the perfect complement to Mezmerize, completing one of today's most incredible bodies of work. Produced by super-producers Rick Rubin and Daron Malakian, Hypnotize is the ultimate killer rock album of the year. The album includes 12 new songs including the title track and hit single 'Hypnotize'. In addition, this DualDisc version featuresexclusive behind-the-scenes footage showing the making of both records as well as the B.Y.O.B and Question! music videos. Columbia. 2005.

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109 of 126 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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67 of 80 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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Different but Awesome November 29, 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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7 of 7 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 Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by Jose C.
1.0 out of 5 stars They should just stay broken up
Ok so the band gets all preachy with their final 2 albums, yet they release a double album that if not for a mini track on the first part, would fit on one 80 minute cd. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Metalhammer
4.0 out of 5 stars Love the poetry, however
I purchased the CD for I love the sound of the singer's voices and the lyrics certainly have strong meaning behind them and are filled with passion. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Dee
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 7 months 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 9 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 10 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 11 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 11 months ago by Fredy Pérez
5.0 out of 5 stars HYPNOTIZE
Published 13 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 14 months ago by VoyageAmazon
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So, how many of you enjoyed Vicinity of Obscenity?
It's a funny song. I love it! Got it on my ipod! :)
Sep 1, 2007 by Katherine Spence |  See all 4 posts
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System of a Down is it's own genre of music in many ways. Overall it is rock, but there are also infusions of metal, pop, middle eastern influences, pan flute (bonus track of Toxicity), ragga, techno, and some things that just seem to defy categorization. They were on MTV, but really didn't... Read More
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