Review Summary: S.O.A.D. have matured a lot since their times of "Steal This Album". Their sound has calmed down a little bit, but is still the S.O.A.D. we've all come to know and love. The only problem with this album is that they changed too quickly, too suddenly. Afte
System of a Down is one of the most unique bands i've ever known. Their musical style is that of hard rock/metal, but their lyrical style employs stories of politics and war, and philosophy. It just surprises me because other metal bands I listen to tend to occasionally write about how much they could care less about politics.
"Mezmerize" is part one of a two part six month album series relating to subjects of war, and philosophy. This is actually a lot different than previous S.O.A.D. albums "System of a Down" & "Steal This Album". The musical style is a WHOLE lot different than previous albums. "Mezmerize" is basically the more mature side of S.O.A.D. Previous albums showed a lot of quirkiness by all members. Especially Serj, who was bound and determined to get known in the songs by using high pitched voices and screams. While Daron is taking on a really screeching sound to the guitar. And Shavo was by far at his best when his funky instead of thunderous bass was just slipping along side of the drums casually. But now in "Mezmerize", almost all of that is gone. This album takes the guitars and lowers the guitar tunes a lot. The bass ties more into the parts of the guitar and drum beats. The bass in this album is more used for depth in the sound of the tracks. The drums are also a lot faster and "wicked" if you will.
But the most notable change up to S.O.A.D.s' sound is their vocals. We are starting to see more of Malakian's voice in "Mezmerize"; Serj has quieted down a bit. But don't get me wrong, people will still trip balls trying to sing along with him, especially in songs like "Revenga" & "Violent Pornography". While their sound may have changed, S.O.A.D.s' song setup still remains the same. In fact, their professional style is expressed MORE in this album than previous albums. Songs like "B.Y.O.B." and "Violent Pornography" prove my point exactly as I stated. A very small electronic side of S.O.A.D. is shown in the track "Old School Hollywood" where they use an opening electric voice. Also, some songs have really quieted down the whole way through, tracks such as "Lost in Hollywood" & "Radio/Video". Some tracks however are neither here nor there. They just either go hard or maintain a simple S.O.A.D. style and really aren't worth mentioning. On second thought a great track that expresses this is "Cigaro" which is basically hard all the way through and is one of my personal favorites.
Hey, you're the guy that did that 5/5 Korn review. I'm going to read this.
edit: Not too bad. Your summary is really long and looks like it got cut off though. Also, you started off referring to Serj and Deron by their first names and then suddenly shifted to their last names. Problem is you never said their full names together so the reader wouldn't really know who "Malakian" is when you mention it.
Why must my reviews turn out this way. Oh well, glad to hear its at least better. Like I said, the summary was supposed to be better, but had to start over and didn't want to write the great long sophisticated summary i had before