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  • Audio CD (17 May 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0007Y4TVU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 225,749 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Soldier Side - Intro
2. B.Y.O.B.
3. Revenga
4. Cigaro
5. Radio/Video
6. This Cocaine Makes Me Feel Like I'm On This Song
7. Violent Pornography
8. Question!
9. Sad Statue
10. Old School Hollywood
11. Lost In Hollywood

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4.6 out of 5 stars

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Mar. 2006
Format: Audio CD
I can see how some people hate this album - weird sounds, weird lyrics... I'm a massive SOAD fan, their self-titled album was probably my favourite pre-Mezmerize/Hypnotize of the three, so when I heard B.Y.O.B. and Cigaro on the radio a few weeks before this album came out, I thought it would be incredible.
Surprisingly after the first listen I was a little disappointed - there didn't seem to be any 'anthems' aside from B.Y.O.B. and there were a few strange songs. After a few listens though, I realised that every single song was an anthem.
I saw SOAD on their Mezmerize tour in June 2005, and to be honest, I can't imagine a better display. Starting with Soldier Side (Intro) being played behind a curtain, only for the curtain to drop when B.Y.O.B. kicked in, it was clear that every song from Mezmerize would be a classic.
This album displays all of System's traits - Crushing-yet-catchy riffs, sing-along choruses, eastern instrumetal solos, comedy lyrics, political lyrics, and general 'bizarreness'. Heavy songs B.Y.O.B., Revenga, and Sad Statue are equals to classics such as Chop Suey, Sugar, and Suggestions. Crazy songs Cigaro, Cocaine, and Old School Hollywood bring relief from the political rants (Malakian singing an acoustic version of the first verse from Cigaro is possibly the funniest thing I've ever seen/heard). Album closer Lost In Hollywood is a beautiful song even with the 'un-beautiful' lyrics "All you maggots smoking fags out there...".
To some it up, this album has everything, sounds like nothing before it and nothing since, and will forever be remembered as half of the greatest double album ever made.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Nebula on 18 Feb. 2006
Format: Audio CD
There was a lot of hysteria surronding "Mezmerize" before its release, would it be able to match or even topple the sucess of multi-platnium "Toxicity" and keep up the maamoth sales that it inticed.
Seeing that many magazines gave it glowing reviews i decided i would buy it, and i was not dissapointed.
Although it takes a more melodic and less heavy approach than their previous albums with more daron singing (a bad thing)it was a piece of arts genius and shows that metal does not have be bland or hollow screaming to make it sell.
And unlike the weaker "Hypnotize" you can just put it on and not skip one track, chock full of catchy metal and rock tunes with main vocalist/keyboradist Serj Tankian using all of his vocal talents giving it every drop of emotion he has.
From the gentle "Soldier side" to the beserk "cigaro" with daron malakian (vocals/guitar) signing stuff like "cant you see that i love my cock"
features the singles "Bring Your Own Bombs" "Question" and i think "Cigaro"
All in all a stunnig piece of work with a triple platnium success. Buy it, you wont be dissapointed, see why they stand out from other metal bands.
Inventive guitar riffs, that are annoying to play coz they are in drop C tuning, damn! ( i am too lazy to detune my guitar)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Brewer on 24 Nov. 2005
Format: Audio CD
Having read some of the reviews of their new album Hypnotize (of which I haven't heard yet but will when I receive my copy from Amazon) I was staggered to read some people's opinions that not only Hypnotize but also Mesmerize was inferior to the bands early work. Absolute nonsense.
Whilst albums such as Toxicity are works of art, System of a Down have undoubtedly taken many steps forward with Mesmerize. Perhaps what hardcore fans may dislike about these latest offerings is the more political stance and decided leaning towards a more soulful and mystical style of music.
Their self-titled debut, Steal This Album and Toxicity were full of rage: Mesmerize has more of a message. Stand out tracks on this surely have to be B.Y.O.B (which is all about the war and in particular the use of bombs), Old School Hollywood, Lost In Hollywood and, my personal favourite, Sad Statue.
The album begins with the haunting Soldier Side which, although brief, acts as an introduction to the more methodical approach to come. The end track, Lost in Hollywood, is a scathing attack on the lifestyles of the rich and famous in Hollywood, yet for it's acidic overtones is still beautifully crafted.
Hardcore metal and rock fans, who are only after pure sound and noise by some of System's lesser contempories, will be disappointed by this. But if you appreciate a more thought-out and carefully crafted metal album then you would be hard-pressed to find something superior to this.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JP on 24 May 2005
Format: Audio CD
I was absolutely dying to get this album, now I can't stop listening to it. It's been on my stereo non-stop for the last week. The only track I've not really given a chance yet is the last one, its a bit slow. My favourite track keeps changing too, first it was Violent Pornography - love the lyrics, then it was Cigaro - angst at its finest, now its Question - really melodic in places but with a nice rough edge thrown in. Man its so easy to over review these guys so I'll stop rambling. SOAD do hard&fast extremely well. Only down side is its over far too soon, cant wait for the next album.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ratmonkey on 10 Jun. 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
A perfectly assured and well made album, Mesmerize ticks a lot of boxes without being truly outstanding. It is always hard to rise above the spoils of a 'classic' and SOAD have not failed as such to reach the same heights they did with Toxicity but there is a certain feeling of mainstream sensibilities on this release that makes for easier listening but less impact. That said, by any other band this would be a storming tour de force. And it is excellent.

Opener is really an intro and not a song proper. But 'BYOB' is. And it's one of the strongest tracks on the album. Catchy, heavy and poignant. A near classic. 'Revenga' is also very good but not as good. It's very metal but in a slightly more subdued and polished way. 'Cigaro' is more akin to SOAD and is a bit mental but excellent as well (like most of Toxicity). 'Radio/Viseo' is another polished 'single'-sounding effort that again is very good but does not hold the power and fury of past tracks. 'This Coacaine...' is another mental SOAD offering but pales in comparison to similar tracks on earlier albums.

'Violent Pornography' is excellent even if it is a more subdued version of SOAD than usual. 'Question' and 'Sad Statue' are ok but relatively forgettable, although the latter's chorus does have a tendency to get stuck in your head! 'Old School Hollywood' is odd, very retro and ok without being great. And I really like 'Lost in Hollywood'. It's thoughtful and tuneful and mellow with great lyrics. An odd choice to end the album but a rather beautiful one.

So a mixed bag really. Lots of hits but alas a few misses. Toxicity will alwayd be their best for the time being but Hypnotize became a rather more edgy companion to this album, although the quality was similar. That said, Mesmerize is a perfect place to start if you are new to the band.
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