System of a Down
Mezmerize


4.0
excellent

Review

by vanderb0b USER (63 Reviews)
May 2nd, 2010 | 35 replies | 5,590 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: System of a Down goes mainstream without losing any of their quality (surprisingly).

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

Hey man, look at me rocking out, I’m on the radio
This quote, from the song Radio/Video, is a perfect summary of the changes in System of a Down’s sound. The previously experimental and underground band is now on the radio, playing mainstream music. Mind you, this change isn’t a bad thing-if anybody can write mainstream music well, it’s System of a Down-it’s just that the sound is entirely different. Serj and company now focus much less on delivering the weirdness and zaniness that made their first album so lovable (but don’t worry, Mesmerize is still a very strange album), and instead opt to have more memorable melodies (which is a good thing). This change is very similar to what was done in the early 1990’s by Metallica, but System of a Down became mainstream without sacrificing anything, unlike Metallica.

The most noticeable change is the frequent addition of Armenian melodies. This is most evident on the amusing Radio/Video, which stands among System of a Down's best songs, despite bland and unimaginative lyrics. The mixture of Armenian and more standard metal riffs add diversity to the already eclectic sound of System of a Down. Another change, although not as welcome, is the addition of Daron Malakian's vocals. His voice is not as strong as Serj's, but when they sing together, there is a certain chemistry between the two which makes all of Daron's imperfections nearly invisible. However, when Daron sings alone, such as on Lost in Hollywood, one can instantly notice all of his flaws as a singer.

The songwriting, while definitely made to appeal to a larger amount of people, is still as fantastic as on past albums, and the songs are still as addictive. For example, Question, with its changes from soft and calm acoustic passages to screamed, operatic mayhem, ranks among the best songs in System of a Down's very consistent discography, and it also showcases Daron’s ability to play fast, technical riffs. Mesmerize also contains one of the band’s thrashiest songs, B.Y.O.B, which is filled with lightning fast, tremolo picked riffs accompanying Serj and Daron’s manic screams. While not all of the songs are as interesting as Question and B.Y.O.B, none of them are poorly written in the least.

System of a Down could always write witty, humorous, or thought-provoking lyrics, but, for some reason, it seems that on Mesmerize , the band is beginning to lose this talent. Many of the songs have very well written lyrics, such as Cigaro, which criticizes the American government while talking about male anatomy. Another lyrical highlight, This Cocaine Makes Me Feel Like I’m On This Song, contains lyrics as confusing, strange, and paranoid as the music. However, some of the lyrics are weak, especially when compared to those on System of a Down’s past albums. Radio/Video, for example, talks about rocking out on the radio and then about rocking out on the video.

Despite some small flaws, Mesmerize is still an essential album for any fans of System of a Down, or metal in general.



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LepreCon
May 2nd 2010



3903 Comments


Good review.
Mezmerize/ Hypnotize aren't my favourite System albums by any stretch but they're still pretty good, would have liked if they were heavier though, but I suppose fawning for the days of their debut and Toxicity is pointless when the songwriting is still pretty good for the most part

Digging: Overkill - White Devil Armory

bloozclooz
May 2nd 2010



1770 Comments


My cock is much bigger than yours!

Jim
May 2nd 2010



5110 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

always liked this album. doesn't have the longevity of previous releases, but the energy's great and the songs are catchy as fuck.

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
May 2nd 2010



7326 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good album, really catchy and far better than Hypnotize imo

maidenpmcc
May 2nd 2010



1424 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yea the album is way better than Hypnotize, good review.

Yeahtoast
May 2nd 2010



2041 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

My cock can walk right through the door!

Counterfeit
May 2nd 2010



17819 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

WITH A FEELING SO PURE!

porch
May 2nd 2010



8453 Comments


I liked this when it came out but its just extremely annoying now

focksy
May 2nd 2010



437 Comments


darons voice made this not as good for me, i prefered hynotize

Skimaskcheck
May 2nd 2010



2360 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i used to love Lost In Hollywood so much

bloozclooz
May 2nd 2010



1770 Comments


IT'S GOT YOU COMING BACK FOR MORE!

burnafterbreeding
May 2nd 2010



1466 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

COOOOL in denial
we're the cruel regulators smokin'
Cigaro Cigaro Cigar

qwe3
May 2nd 2010



21355 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this cocaine makes me feel like i'm on this song is so good. system rules. this is their worst album though

scissorlocked
May 2nd 2010



3509 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

memorable album!!!!Soads best.even with a Toxicity on their back

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Lunarfall
May 2nd 2010



3179 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

agreed with qwe, although sta! is down there too

Prolapse
May 2nd 2010



4370 Comments


Awesome album

focksy
May 2nd 2010



437 Comments


sta is fucking sweet

Dryden
May 2nd 2010



12928 Comments


this is thier weakest album

KILL
May 2nd 2010



71454 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

i reckon hypnotize is

Digging: Invisible - El jardin de los presentes

KieranV
May 2nd 2010



111 Comments


SOAD rule



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