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4.0 out of 5 stars
Paralysed- with joy!, 23 Nov. 2005
When I bought Mezmerise earlier this year- I loved it. When I heard that it was just the first installment and that a 2nd System album was out in the autunm, I couldn't believe my luck. I must admit, however, I did have my doubts over whether the 2nd release would live up to Mezmerise in terms of fun, quality and depth. Luckily the System lads have proven that can write more than 12 good tracks as they ram another 12 down our throats in this latest stunning installment. Quality lyrics, vocal harmonies that the three tenors would be jealous off and killer guitar riffs to complete a very mature, epic sounding album. System are one of the few bands I dont mind getting political with their material either. They have a good balance of fun tracks with crazy lyrics about terracotta pie & bananas compared to soulful ballads about war, death, drugs & lonliness. The albums combined (Which I assume could have been a 2 disc release?) are the finest releae by System since their self titled debut. I didn't go as much on Toxicity as I felt the tunes just weren't as catchy or melodic as the debut. Hypnotise is definately a return to the System I know & love. Theres also enough new elements thrown in to keep the critics happy, pushing forward the boundries of Armenian Metal. BUY IT!