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'Mezmerize', is part of a two CD. Disc One of the 2-disc set 'Mezmerize/Hypnotize'. Disc Two, 'Hypnotize', is expected to be released late this fall. "B.Y.O.B.," the first single from the new album, is already a Top 10 track at Rock/Alternative radio. Columbia. 2005.


Four CD's and nearly ten years into their career, System of a Down continue to be the Gilbert and Sullivan of this generation, delivering razor-sharp political commentary via beautiful, quirky melodies and discordant harmonies.

The group has mastered the ability to be both successful and subversive--with 2001's Toxicity selling over six million copies and debuting at number one on the Billboard charts, their success in indisputable. As far are their subversive-ness, the lyrical content on Mezmerize is a solid stream of anti-war, anti-corporate and anti-celebrity sentiment. The disc's first single proves as beautifully schizophrenic as anything the band has released. "B.Y.O.B." opens with guitarist Daron Malakian's rapid-fire riff, then frontman Serj Tankian's anti-war screams of "Why do they always send the poor?"; less than a minute later, a nearly-surreal jump to a facetiously perky, beach party chorus that could easily be found on a Britney or Justin record: "Everybody's going to the party/have a real good time." Guitarist/co-songwriter Malakian takes increased vocal time on the disc, including the hilarious, size-obsessed "Cigaro" and celeb-slapping "Radio/Video". Witticism aside, musical and lyrical intensity peaks with the operatic "Question!" and the emotional piledriver that is "Sad Statue", the group¹s unflinching statement on war and Lady Liberty.

The only shortcoming of Mezmerize is, quite simply, that it is short. Clocking in at a mere 38 minutes, the reason given is that this release is one-half of a two CD set--with part 2, Hypnotize, expected in late fall 2005. --Denise Sheppard

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 17, 2005)
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  • Original Release Date: May 17, 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: American / Columbia
  • Run Time: 36 minutes
  • ASIN: B0007Y4TVU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (696 customer reviews)
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Well, it's been a long time coming for a new System Of A Down album. A long time. It's been almost four years since we were graced by the mega-successful sophmore album, "Toxicity," and if you discount the outtakes/b-sides collection that followed in 2002, "Steal This Album," this is the first smattering of new System Of A Down material since then. To put things in perspective, "Toxicity" was released a week before September 11th. Now think about all of the things that have happened since then. Wow, how I have missed this group.

Those expecting things in System Of A Down's music to change will be sorely disappointed. Aside from increasing air-time from guitarist/co-producer/back-up vocalist Daron Malakian, not much has changed. Instead, the band's sound seems revitalized and all eleven songs are up to standard. And if you thought they would shut up after Bush was re-elected, that's your mistake. The lyrics on this album are just as, and maybe even more, political than ever before. Songs like "Sad Statue" and "B.Y.O.B." carry their anti-war message very bravely and very clearly. "Sad Statue" is easily the emotional apex of the album, with the poignant and memorable line: "We'll all go down in history/With a sad Statue Of Liberty/And a generation that didn't agree." Likewise, the first single "B.Y.O.B." (Bring Your Own Bombs) throws just as many barbs at our government, with a rather catchy pop-chorus to go along with. Perhaps that line ("Everybody going to the party/Have a real good time") is an ironic take on the bloated tens of millions of dollars spent on the rather lavish and tasteless inauguration party of George W. Bush that took place just weeks after the Tsunami disaster? I don't know, maybe I'm just reading in a bit too far.
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Before I get into the review, I would like to explain exactly what is going on with this CD because a lot of people do not seem to fully understand. This CD is System of a Down's third CD, not their fourth. In addition to that, it has been almost five years since their last CD, so this is a long awaited release from them. Another interesting fact about "Mezmerize" is that it is actually part two of a two disk set, and not part one as some people had previously thought. Their fourth CD "Hypnotize," will be released on November 22nd and is actually the first part of the two disk set. The band just decided to release the two in opposite orders. To further explain my point, "Hypnotize" leads into "Mezmerize." The last song on "Hypnotize" has the same title as the first track on "Mezmerize," although the one on "Hypnotize" is a full-length song, and the one on "Mezmerize" is merely an intro or transition into "Mezmerize." Plus, the two cases containing the CDs can be combined to create one continuous case with the artwork linking together, and as far as I know, it is the first CD set to ever incorporate that.

Some people might wonder why they are releasing two CDs only six months apart from each other, and why those two CDs are being released as a two disk set. It is simply because they had around thirty songs written and instead of picking the best songs out of those thirty and throwing away the rest, they decided to cut it down to twenty three of the best songs because they felt that the majority of them were CD worthy. Also, they did not want to have an album that was too long to listen to all the way through and is why they have cut them down to around forty minutes each; which brings me to my review.

First off, I would like to say that this review is split into two parts.
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It's been almost three years since SOAD released an album and they are making up for it with what will be two completely excellent cds, Mezmerize and the forthcoming companion piece Hypnotize.

Spastic, frenetic, insane, rapidly changing tempos, all of these words can describe SOAD at their best. I can't think of another band out there right now doing the same things. Nor can I think of a band that can go from a screaming rock directly to a polka. SOAD does this and pulls it off, creating original music that is enjoyable to listen to. Where most music is static, songs like the single BYOB and basically every song on this cd are constantly changing. They go from screaming fits, gutteral cries, to catchy refrains and yes even polka. But before you get comfortable with whatever sound they are giving you, they switch it up. This is music to listen to, dynamic, changing, exciting.

Whether they are critiquing the current war ("Why don't presidents fight their wars/why do they always send the poor?") to Hollywood in the songs Old School Hollywood and Lost in Hollywood where they sing about Hollywood eating people up and spitting them back out, they are unapologetically brazen. Unlike some bands that have a political eye but use it only as a theme and don't directly discuss it, SOAD is brave enough to paint the picture of whatever problems they see. Also, unlike some music, their songs never feel bogged down by their political persuasion.

On some of their previous albums, there have been songs that seemed to not be as focused as I would like. That is no longer the case on Mezmerize. Each song is more driven and remind me of the excellence found on their previous cds, like Aerials, Toxicity, Chop Suey, Sugar etc.
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