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System of a Down Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (16 May 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Epic
  • ASIN: B000683IMI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,572 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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The first instalment of a projected two-album set, Mezmerize sees System Of A Down, an American band of mostly Armenian heritage, further distilling their unique formula of thrash metal, socio-political rage, and Eastern European vocal melody into ever-more fiendishly complicated and white-knuckle exhilarating forms. Moreso even than 2001's Toxicity, this is a album of intense complexity: crammed with whiplash-inducing tempo-changes and a schizophrenic mood that sees sing-a-long, poppy choruses segued effortlessly into breakneck speed-metal, it's as bewildering on first listen as it is addictive after three.

Like Rage Against The Machine, SOAD are a fiercely moral band, but they never let their message stagnate through po-faced delivery: see, for instance, "Cigaro"--ostensibly a song about abuse of power, but one which opens with frontman Serj Tankian yelping "My cock is much bigger than yours!" Musically, too, they're not without an occasional lightness of touch: see the excellent "Radio/Video", riding along on a bouncy ska rhythm. But it's perhaps inevitable that Mezmerize should climax on a note of epic disgust, in the shape of "Old School Hollywood" and "Lost in Hollywood" – two songs that rage against the glossy materialism of their Los Angeles hometown, taking down a regiment of Z-list celebrities and "maggots smoking fags on Santa Monica boulevard" in a firestorm of righteous fury. --Louis Pattison

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SYSTEM OF A DOWN Mezmerize (2005 Hong Kong issue 11-track CD album produced by Rick Rubin and mixed by Andy Wallace features the single B.Y.O.B. presented in an embossed digipack sealed with a custom sticker and includes a BONUS System Of A Down keyring)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mezmerizing Metal 11 Mar 2006
By A Customer
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality Album from a quality band 18 Feb 2006
By Nebula
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SOAD has taken over my life! 14 Nov 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Beware of System of a Down.
I used to pride myself in being pretty eclectic in my musical taste. I loved all rock music, the blues, classical, World music, and regulary attended folk festivals. I've got a record collection of several hundred which I played variously and regularly. But not any more.
Now, all I can listen to is System of a Down. I remember that fateful day, 2 years ago, when I first heard Aerials from "Toxicity", an album which I promptly purchased. This was followed swiftly by "System of a Down" and "Steal this album" (which I bought, nevertheless).
And now "Mezmerize". I've taped all four albums, and play them incessently in my car. At work, "Mezmerize" does exactly what it says on the label - mezmerizes. My waking hours are filled with Tankien's lyrics and vocals, Malakian's bewitched guitar, Dolomayan's thundering drums and Odijian's blistering bass lines. Even my dreams are sound-tacked by SOAD songs. I travelled 100 miles to see them in concert, never believing that they could replicate their albums live - but they did, and often improved on them with clever twists and variations.
So, mezmerized, here I sit, trying to pick out tracks which I like better than others, but cannot, as they're all equally magnificent. So I pick out ones which haven't been mentioned below. Radio/Video is just so singable, it penetrates the brainwaves and emits its lyrics in place of your normal speech. This Cocaine Makes Me Feel Like I'm on this Song is so paranoia-inducing that I've not eaten fish in a month. Violent Pornography urges us to switch off our TVs and get a life.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars System scream a diversity of music and talent. 13 Jun 2005
Format:Audio CD
This album has been eagerly awaited by system fans the world over,and it delivers every thing you could ever want. B.Y.O.B. Is a particuarly fantastic song with all the others being of a standard that lets you know you are hearing quality metal. If you are not already a fan then give it a go, this album is more listener friendly than previous releases, but it is still a very welcome addition to the System catalouge
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mezmerize
Great follow up to the other albums, it's funny, yet true, and lets you know what its like being a rock star! great stuff. Read more
Published 3 months ago by kevin murphy
5.0 out of 5 stars Stylish Music!
System Of A Down doing what they do best - Making enjoyable, exciting, interesting and original music in their own inimitable style!
Published 4 months ago by Pendlebury1
5.0 out of 5 stars Every track on this CD is amazing
As soon as I heard System of a Down for the first time, I knew there was something special about them. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Maria S
3.0 out of 5 stars system of a down cd
it was bought as a gift for xmas so i can not really comment on if i liked it or not
Published 18 months ago by wendy dobson
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
One of my favourite albums ever, amazing and even the gf likes it so I can have it on in the car (Y) winner
Published on 19 May 2012 by Merloch
4.0 out of 5 stars Close, but no Cigaro
A perfectly assured and well made album, Mesmerize ticks a lot of boxes without being truly outstanding. Read more
Published on 10 Jun 2011 by ratmonkey
5.0 out of 5 stars Mezmerize/Hypnotize
Damn good album. A brilliant comeback from the boring same-sounding songs offered in "Steal This Album". Read more
Published on 3 Sep 2009 by Mr. Daniel J. Roebuck
5.0 out of 5 stars Mezmerize
`Mezmerize' is the first half of SOAD's double album release and although it is a slight departure from their previous albums (only very slight mind you) you still get their... Read more
Published on 10 May 2009 by Spider Monkey
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars!
This album is proabaly my favorite by system of a down, because the songs are consistently good. 11 songs that vary so greatly and yet are all so brilliant. Read more
Published on 15 Dec 2007 by AirGuitarHero
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite album of the last 12 years
I have a eclectic taste in music, from metal through to folk - and this is the album I've been waiting for someone to write for years. Read more
Published on 26 Jun 2007 by B. Byron
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