System of a Down
Hypnotize


3.0
good

Review

by Ian USER (107 Reviews)
January 18th, 2006 | 80 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist


After the disappointing Mezmerize was released, I didnít know what to think of System of a Down. Their music was obviously becoming rather dull, even though most of it is high paced, and frantic. There wasnít anything really wrong with it; it was just average. It just couldnít compare to the greatness of Toxicity. Only the songs BYOB, This Cocaine Makes Me Feel Like Iím On This Song, and Revenga were really good, and stood out on Mezmerize. Now here we are with Hypnotize, the second half of the two-part album System of a Down released this year. There are plenty of good things to say about this album, but sadly some complaints do surface.

One of the things better about Hypnotize over Mezmerize is the fact that there arenít as many silly songs on here. There are a few still, such as, Vicinity of Obscenity and Kill Rock Ní Roll, but the hidden meaning of the later song is talking about Daronís regret ofrunning over a bunny; so in a way it isnít really silly. A big problem with the album is Daronís huge leap in the amount of vocals that he contributes. His voice at times is about as enjoyable as using chalk on a blackboard is, especially on Kill Rock Ní Roll.

In some ways Hypnotize is the same as Mezmerize, but in other ways it isnít all. Both albums feature horrible lyrics that at times you canít even judge them because itís virtually impossible to translate their meaning. As a certain user on Sputnik once said, ď(The lyrics are) so full of bad metaphors that you can't judge them because you can't relate them to anything concrete." This is certainly true most of the time. Something that is completely opposite of each album is that Hypnotize isnít as ďcommercial" as Mezmerize was. While many songs could have been successful singles for Mezmerize; itís hard to pick out what the next single will be for Hypnotize. All that can be said is that whatever song is chosen will be the opposite of the title-track, and first single as really it is just about the only completely ďsoft" song for the entire album.

The fifth, and sixth songs, Stealing Society and Tentative on Hypnotize are of the best quality musically, and vocally. The best song of the two is easily Stealing Society. The guitar on the song is much like that of the rest of the album; fast paced, but also slightly melodic at the same time. The best part about Stealing Society is Serj Tankianís fantastic soothing vocal performance. ďTwo skies, watching it all fading. Two skies, living it all fading", is what Serj starts to sing at the beginning of the song along with a metal guitar riff reminiscent of something in between BYOB, and Question!. Daronís singing on this isnít too bad actually, and one can actually call it enjoyable. The part where he sings, ďCrack pipes, needles, PCP, and fast cars kind of mix really well in a dead movie star. If I feel like talking, I never be wrong, if I feel like walking, you best come along" is more or less the best vocal job he does on the whole album. The opening guitar riff on Tentative is absolutely crazy, and amazing. It sounds much like the normal fast guitar of many songs on the album, but with a little bit of a zany touch to it. Serjís singing in the opening is fast and frantic, which fits well with the opening guitar riff. This song is another political one, but the lyrics arenít too bad on this song. ďThe bombs are falling overhead with no sight, while you are talking all detached, so tell us. Where are you going to the bottom, to the bottom? Do you hear us? We are rotting." The way the song will switch from heavy to slow fits well with the lyrics, making this a standout on the album. The worst song on the album is easily the second slowest of the album, but not for that reason. Lonely Day is by far one of the worst songs that Daron has ever written. It starts out with an extremely simple guitar part that is something a person would learn in an early guitar lesson. The lyrics Daron writes are absolutely pitiful, and rhyme way too easily, leading to extreme corniness. At times the guitar will get a little better, and goes into a short, but fast Spanish-esque guitar solo. Happily itís less than three minutes long, something way too common for this whole record.

If you love old System of a Down; you will love this. If you love Mezmerize, you will more than likely also love this. Hypnotize doesnít seem to be as commercial as Mezmerize was, as many songs on there could easily become popular singles. The singing from Daron is just horrid, much like the lyrics. However, Serj does quite an excellent job on the record. His highlight performance is easily Stealing Society, and U-Fig. Both never get old vocally or musically. The bass seems to have no life for most of the album, but the drums are even better than they were on Mezmerize with some great fills, and accompany the guitar greatly. Most songs on the album are either a 3 or a 3.5, and only a few are average or below. Stealing Society is a superb song. Tentative, Vicinity of Obscenity are also both excellent songs. This would have equaled out to a 3.5, but didnít because Daronís guitar riffs on many songs are starting to sound too samey. All in all, everything tends to balance out, but ends up weighing in a little over on the good side.



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Ace_of_Bass2112
January 18th 2006


257 Comments


better hide Kripes for i hear the sounds of SOAD fan-boys come'n after you

good review Kripes i haven't picked this one up but im thinking about just geting it of SLSK or LM wire but alas i'm even to lazy to do thatThis Message Edited On 01.18.06

ocelot-05
January 18th 2006


807 Comments


Aww, Kripes, I was just talking about how great and hard-working you are.
Great review and if I'd heard the whole thing I'd probably give it a 3 as well. Spat Out's review still owns the universe, but your was excellent nonetheless.

Zaine
January 18th 2006


199 Comments


a three? are you stupid? this is their third best album and it doesnt deserve any less than a 4! i have officially lost all trust in you, and i really hope you dont mind if i neg all your reviews, because this horrible display of inaccurate depicting of a great album is pretty much....AAAAHHHH!!!!!!!

sorry kripes, that was for Ace's amusement. Really great review. You dont miss a beat on your descriptions, and you never fail to lack information. While personally, i find your rating low, you back it up using more than graceful reasoning. Really great job dude.
P.S. Sorry if i scared ya for a minute. I would never neg ya buddy ;) This Message Edited On 01.18.06

ocelot-05
January 18th 2006


807 Comments


Do you and Ace have some kind of history, Zaine?

Hatshepsut
January 18th 2006


1997 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Like I said on your first Hypnotize review, how do you not mention Soldier Side?? I think that should at least be in the lyrics section, but oh well. Excellent review man, as usual :thumb:

Zaine
January 18th 2006


199 Comments


Do you and Ace have some kind of history, Zaine?

nope.

bigguy69
January 18th 2006


199 Comments


Mesmerize...disapointing?...i dont think so

Thor
January 18th 2006


10192 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

I liked both of their new albums, but Mezmerize was better.

Syncratic
January 18th 2006


756 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Mezmerize was WAY better in my opinion. This album got nauseating very quickly.

SyphonAss
January 18th 2006


141 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i achally agree with your rating and im a pretty big fan. Good review but it got a little too boring for my liking

Diabulus in musica
January 18th 2006


485 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeah so, this deserves at least a 3.5...i think this is their second best album, i dont think they'll ever make another toxicity....buuuut very good review

Jubella
January 18th 2006


27 Comments


without being a huge fan, I do appreciate SOAD and didn't find mezmerize disappointing, only different. But i got very disappointed when i heard hypnotize. The video is also really bad. But this is an excellent review, good job!

Shaun of the Dead
January 18th 2006


30 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

nice detail in the review
the albums only average

Storm In A Teacup
January 18th 2006


12781 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Well I certainly wasn't expecting such good feedback, thank you all for your compliments.

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
January 18th 2006


15737 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Kripes yer reviews are always good, and this is no exception. Goddammit, i should have saved my last two reviews. Losing those was a real spirit killer.
This album was actually pretty good.

Digging: Ricky Eat Acid - Three Love Songs

Storm In A Teacup
January 18th 2006


12781 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

:eek: You lost Bullet In A Bible!!!
Go to the community forum to see if anyone can recover it by going through their history or whatever their always talking about in there. I hope it can be retrieved, don't get your hopes high though.

ocelot-05
January 18th 2006


807 Comments


Shoulda coulda woulda...didn't. :lol:
If you type them on Word, why wouldn't you save them?

Jacob6293
January 18th 2006


125 Comments


If SOAD ever had a greatest hits album, these three songs would be on it I am almost positive: Chop Suey, Aerials and Hypnotize (maybe Question) would definately be on it.

stephankirstein
January 18th 2006


20 Comments


i like SoaD at some moments, but most of the time I just can't connect to their music

Hatshepsut
January 18th 2006


1997 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

A greatest hits has their singles.



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