System of a Down
Mezmerize


4.5
superb

Review

by TheTanMan USER (1 Reviews)
May 26th, 2008 | 41 replies | 20,332 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Quite possibly the pinnacle of System Of A Down's musical career, Mezmerize is an experience not to be missed by lovers of all rock music.

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System Of A Down. Quite possibly the most unlikely success story in music that there ever has been. 4 guys influenced by their roots from the tiny Eastern Euorpean country of Armenia with an incredibly unique sound and lyrics which defy belief at times. But somehow they've managed to acquire a fan base spanning millions of people across the globe, and why? Well Mezmerize is that answer in a nutshell basically. It's a shade over 36 minutes of absolute carnage, and quite possibly the most fun you will ever have listening to an album.

And yes, while this carnage does bring about some totally unlistenable songs, the overall experience is something that will leave you breathless and wanting more and more System. This album definetly shows a progression from their earlier work, as rightly or wrongly Daron Malakian has taken over a considerable percentage of the vocals when compared to previous work, but also Mezmerize shows a definte progression in his guitar work as well, which is certainly a plus for the band. This is shown in a number of songs, but most noticeably in the single 'B.Y.O.B' where is thrash-metal style riff is certainly something to behold.

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Track By Track Breakdown
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1. Soldier Side - Intro - 1:08

- Not really too much to say on this song. Clocking in at just over 1 minute it lets the reader settle in, but hardly prepares them for the insanity that's to follow. (2 out of 5)

2. B.Y.O.B. - 4:15

- Without doubt this is the best song off the album and alongside Chop Suey the best song System have ever recorded. 'B.Y.O.B.' incorparates everything that is good about the band as firstly it shows off Malakian's much technically improved guitar riffing (as mentioned earlier) and also is the best use of his voice throughout the entire album as his screaming of 'Why Do They Always send the poor?' is something to behold and is generally a lot better than his nasily singing. And as well as that, 'B.Y.O.B.' also has decent lyrics, something which is unusual for System. 'Why dont Presidents fight the war, Why do they always send the poor' is not exactly groundbreaking but it does show they've at least thought about putting something meaningful into their music (5 out of 5)

3. Revenga - 3:48

- After the blitz from 'B.Y.O.B.' its straight into another frantically paced tune. And again Malakian's voice is more evident than it ever was in Toxicity or Steal This Album! And again they just about get away with it as his voice fits in well with the song and his wails of 'I saw her laugh, then she said go away' are filled with emotion, something usually unasscoiated with SOAD. (4.5 out of 5)

4. Cigaro - 2:11

- The first song of three which probably come under the category of 'unlistenable.' Why on earth they feeld the need to talk about the size of their cocks is beyond me. And this is certainly one of those times that Malakian's voice is impossible to listen to without wanting to smack him in the face, its just that bad and annoying. Tankian does his best to rescue the song but its all too little too late in the end. (2 out of 5)

5. Radio/Video - 4:09

- Another very weak song that we really could've done without and at this point I was left thinking that 'Revenga' and 'B.Y.O.B.' were one offs rather than setting the tone for the rest of the album. This time Malakian's voice is no longer annoying and is replaced my something much worse. It's weak, and lacks any real passion or desire unlike the earlier mentioned tracks, and unfortuantely Tankian seems to have suffered the same fate. Meaning this song has no appeal to me whatsoever and sounds like it belongs in a low budget circus rather than a high quality album. (1.5 out of 5)

6. This Cocaine Makes Me Feel Like I'm On This Song - 2:08

- Finally we get back to what I had been hoping for from the get go. This song is really System in a nutshell. Its basically Serj Tankian singing extremely quickly and making no sense whatsoever, while Malakian backs him up with more lighting fast guitar work. The lyrics on the this song are awful. 'I hope your stepson doesnt eat the fish' is just one example, but you know what I don't care, It's why I love System Of A Down. The fact that they can write songs like this and still sound unbelievable while performing them. (4.5 out of 5)

7. Violent Pornography - 3:31

- Another classic from Mezmerize. This song is very, very catchy and Malakian once again goes back to sounding almost cool on this song and the hatred that I had built up from 'Cigaro' and 'Radio/Video' has disappeared completely because you can't help but laugh when he sings 'It's a violent pornography, Choking Chicks and Sodomy.' Maybe not a one for all you feminists out there, but I absolutely love it! (4.5 out of 5)

8 Question! - 3:20

- One of the slower (if you can call it that) songs on the album and it's another gem. Rather thankfully it's sung mostly by Tankian, and while the lyrics are once again terrible: 'Sweet berries ready for two ghosts are no different than you' it really doesn't matter as once again Malakian's excellent axe work is magnificent, especially towards the end and Tankian's burst of 'Lalalalalalala' gives the song much needed energy and ensures the album doesn't run out of steam after the brilliance of the last 2 songs. (4 out of 5)

9. Sad Statue - 3:25

- I'm a little bit torn with this song. While I loved it for the first couple of plays i've started to grow a little tiresome of it as firstly it sounds a bit too similar to 'Question!' directly before it and the chrous is quite weak. It's not a bad song by any means, but given what's gone before it, it is just a little but disappointing. (3.5 out of 5)

10. Old School Hollywood - 2:56

- I think the less I write about this song the better to be honest. It's moments like this when I think 'Why exactly do I like these guys?' I just don't get this song at all, and once again I feel like smacking Malakian square in the mouth for his attempts at 'singing about baseball, and thats all I have to say on the matter. I would strongly advise against listening to this (1 out of 5)

11. Lost In Hollywood - 5:20

- A bit of an odd choice of song really, especially from what has gone before. It's a very slow song sang entirely by Malakian and from what I can gather is a slur about all of the Hollywood 'fags' out there. While this song should be a complete disaster it isn't and to a certain degree it works as Malakian's vocals are sincere and it's obvious he has a problem with 'All you maggots smoking fags on Hollywood Boulevard.' It does drag on for about a minute too long, but it's a nice, relaxing change from the carnage that has come beforehand. (3.5 out of 5)

So, all in all Mezmerize is very nearly the perfect album, and despite a couple of rather obvious flaws it is without doubt a must listen to album and quite possibly the best that Sytem Of A Down will ever release.

Recommened Tracks:

B.Y.O.B.
Revenga
Violent Pornography
This Cocaine Makes Me Feel Like I'm On This Song
Question!

Avoidable Tracks:

Cigaro
Radio/Video
Old School Hollywood


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Pebster49
May 27th 2008



2991 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I always felt that the 11th review was always the best....right?

to be serious, the track by track thing doesn't please many people here

elephantREVOLUTION
May 27th 2008



2734 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i actually love radio/video, cigaro, and old school hollywood. My least favorite song would have to be this cocaine....

i love this album though, not sure why a lot of people hate on it

Burn2Burn
May 27th 2008



2378 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

You give this a 4.5, yet you rate most songs poorly. Does not compute.

Pebster49
May 27th 2008



2991 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Radio/Video is my favorite track on this...but this was the lesser one, I liked Hypnotize a lot better.

Pebster49
May 27th 2008



2991 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

If you add all the rating together you get a 2.86/5...so if you round up, it would be a 3.

Burn2Burn
May 27th 2008



2378 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Begets a 4.5 I guess.

rasputin
May 27th 2008



14516 Comments


This album is hugely disappointing. Violent Pornography is one of the worst songs I've ever heard.

jason_f90
May 27th 2008



203 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I thought their self titled album and Toxicity were much better and original. Some really fun tracks here still. :]

Poet
May 27th 2008



5920 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

If you add all the rating together you get a 2.86/5...so if you round up, it would be a 3.


lol wow. I think a 3=4.5 anyday.

IAmInsect
May 27th 2008



3800 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

best songs are cigaro, radio/video, question! and sad statue

RoshanC
May 27th 2008



219 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Your ratings are fucked up. It a good album. BTW, the cock talk in cigaro is a metaphor for countries' bravado, boasting about their strength whilst ignoring the problems the world faces.

And violent pornography is criticising the fact that this 'violent pornography' is what is on Tv, and the control of male dominated corporations over what it is that we actually see, to distract us from real information about what is goin on in the world. Surely a message feminists would sympathise with.

Get your facts right before talking out of your arseThis Message Edited On 05.27.08

TrojanWhore
May 27th 2008



752 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I thought most people would get that but obviously not.

willfellmarsy
May 27th 2008



3849 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

So, all in all Mezmerize is very nearly the perfect album, and despite a couple of rather obvious flaws it is without doubt a must listen to album and quite possibly the best that Sytem Of A Down will ever release

Avoidable Tracks:

Cigaro
Radio/Video
Old School Hollywood


Hawks
May 27th 2008



34450 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Pretty good review, but this is nowhere near the pinnacle of SOAD's career. That would probably be Toxicity or the S/T album (which i havent heard yet, but heard that its amazing).

Digging: Equilibrium - Erdentempel

SHOOTME
May 27th 2008



2393 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Track by Tracks are more for people who have a lot of musical know-how. You're not at that level as of yet, but still ok try.

SCREAM!
May 27th 2008



9973 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Bad review. The rating doesn't match the song ratings at all. And no one that has heard their 3 first albums can call this the pinnacle of their career so i'm just going to assume you haven't which meens you cannot say this is the pinnacle of their career since you haven't heard their other albums

Digging: Agalloch - The Serpent and the Sphere

SHOOTME
May 27th 2008



2393 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This is FAR from their pinnacle, and if it weren't for Hypnotize, would be the bottom of their career.This Message Edited On 05.27.08

AngelPhoenix
May 27th 2008



2764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I like this and Hypnotize way better than anything else they've done. Their S/T and Toxicity tried so hard to be so metal i just can't take them that seriously, even though I still enjoy them. The plethora of sound elements and musical styles here feels much more genuine.

SHOOTME
May 27th 2008



2393 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Are you kidding me?

They got boring after their S/t, Toxicity, and Steal This Album!, and they used Daron's vocals way to much. Also, the album's lyrics, unlike past System album, relies on absolutely terrible metaphors. And they were metal back then, this is them trying to be different and failing.

AngelPhoenix
May 27th 2008



2764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

whatever you say man



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