- Audio CD (21 Nov. 2005)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD+DVD, DualDisc
- Label: Columbia
- ASIN: B000BPCCZA
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- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 177,875 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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The second in System Of A Downs projected 2005 two-album set picks up where its predecessor Mezmerize left off, melding together bug-eyed political rage, complex prog-metal, and incomprehensible lyrical absurdities and packaging them all together in one of the ugliest sleeves ever seen in Christendom.
Mind you, to be aesthetically pleasing is not Systems way: "Shes On Heroin" and "Stealing Society" are lurid snapshots of society at its most grotesque, schizophrenic canvases of thrash metal and dizzying Cossack rhythms as warped and twisted as the drug addicts and insane dictators they inevitably depict. A bizarre highlight comes in the shape of "Victim Of Obscenity", where frontman Serj Tankian chants "Banana banana banana terracotta/ Banana terracotta pie". As with Mezmerize, Hypnotize finds guitarist Daron Malakian handling many of the vocal duties: he takes the lead on "Kill RocknRoll", declaring "I felt like the biggest asshole/When I killed your rocknroll", and again on the uncharacteristically slow, emotive "Lonely Day". If anything, though, this is a heavier, more bewildering work than its predecessor. An album to sort out the men from the boys Louis Pattison
Top Customer Reviews
The powerful thrashing 'Attack' opens the album and is a fantastic opener, with a nice little guitar riff repeated throughout.
'Dreaming' the next track is possibly the worst on the album, but it is not a bad song, it's just not up to the standard of the rest of the album.
'Kill Rock 'N' Roll' is a great song and really shows how well Serj and Daron's vocals can work together if the song's right.
'Hypnotize', the first single from the album, is possible the most sing-along-to-able of the album, and is the most appealing to a large audience.
'Stealing Society' has a great opening and is a highly charged song throughout, always keeping the pace high and with the odd mosh moment.
'Tentative' also shows how Daron and Serj can fit vocals together and it's such a powerful song you can feel emotion tearing out of the CD whilst listening to it.
'U-Fig' is my favourite song on the album. It's just so, wow. It doesn't sound like that much in the opening but when Serj comes in with a slightly demonic scream of 'Melt In The Sun' it really gets going.Read more ›
Hypnotize is an amazing album, with a great variety of songs that will suit your every mood. The album consists of incredibly moving songs such as "Holy Mountains", "Soldier Side", "Lonely Day", and "Tentative". But you can always count on System to add some fun, upbeat and amusing songs to an album too. "Vicinity of Obscenity" and "She's Like Heroin" are ones that come to mind.
Guitarist Daron Malakian is more involved in vocals in Hypnotize than in any other album, and that is not necessarily a bad thing, although some people believe so. When Serj and Daron sing together, it is absolutely wonderful, their voices are fantastic in different ways and it sounds great when they are singing together.
Songs that you MUST listen to and enjoy are:
Dreaming - my favourite song, a song in which Daron and Serj's voices merge together and result in the most beautiful song. Amazing ending to the song too!
Soldier Side - We heard the intro in Mezmerize, now hear the full song. Very moving, although touching a sad subject, System manages to make this song one of the most likeable ones.
Holy Mountains - All true System fans know the subject, everyone does. This is a song that will start waterworks for those who understand it. It is beautifully sung and beautifully written.
I'm not entirely sure why it's a double album, with the overall length short enough to fit on one disc, but that's down to the band. I'm not complaining because I got both on amazon for £5 each. Anyway, on with the review perhaps?
The band has moved so far along the path of schizophrenic tempo-jumping metal that most of these songs are held together by sheer force rather than by any single musical idea. Strangely enough, it works. Daron's guitar is the focus on many songs, but John's drums are also particularly agile. The band has clearly stepped up their game since Toxicity and Steal This Album.
While it's a shame that Serj's vocals have been pushed to the background on some songs, he excells himself in almost every situation. Daron's nasal vocals don't work as well on their own, but where both vocals appear, the contrast makes for a more interesting sound than ever before. Some of the lyrics are kind of silly, but System have never taken themselves too seriously, so that's to be expected.Read more ›
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This is quite simply a brilliant, original and idiosyncratic album, quintessential SOAD. I'm a bit surprised at some of the less positive reviews on Amazon (2 and 3 stars). Read morePublished on 28 Feb. 2015 by Steve Wentworth