Mezmerize [Explicit Lyrics]

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
These Armenian-American agitators have, over the past several years, brought difficult listening further into the mainstream than practically any band in rock history. With this, the first of two discs to detonate this year, SOAD continue down that road, taking listeners on a ride dominated by more hairpin turns and sudden jolts than a day's worth of roller-coaster rides. The disc's lead single, "B.Y.O.B.," sets the tone both musically -- with its crazy-quilt mix of Balkan thrash and slinky disco -- and politically. Not surprisingly, Mezmerize is largely given over to screeds of social commentary in which songwriters Serj Tankian and Daron Malakian take on both the ...
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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
These Armenian-American agitators have, over the past several years, brought difficult listening further into the mainstream than practically any band in rock history. With this, the first of two discs to detonate this year, SOAD continue down that road, taking listeners on a ride dominated by more hairpin turns and sudden jolts than a day's worth of roller-coaster rides. The disc's lead single, "B.Y.O.B.," sets the tone both musically -- with its crazy-quilt mix of Balkan thrash and slinky disco -- and politically. Not surprisingly, Mezmerize is largely given over to screeds of social commentary in which songwriters Serj Tankian and Daron Malakian take on both the military-industrial complex, as on the feral "Cigaro," and the pop culture cult of personality -- hit most effectively on "Lost in Hollywood," which layers ethereal guitar lines with vocals straight out of a Byzantine church. SOAD set the experimentation bar plenty high with Toxicity, but manage to clear it with regularity here, particularly on the dizzyingly layered "This Cocaine Makes Me Feel Like I'm in This Song" and the purposefully ugly "Violent Pornography," which jerks along on waves of anguished guitar contortions. Packing 11 songs into 36 minutes, Mezmerize doesn't offer much in the way of a breather, but it's a stimulating and effective way to build up listening stamina.
All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
Adjectives like "ambitious," "jagged," and "startling" have always defined System of a Down, and their third official full-length is no different. Prerelease, the band described Mezmerize as being the first part -- the first side -- of what's essentially a double album. The records' packaging would even slot together, making the eventual Mezmerize/Hypnotize whole. Appropriately then, there's an intro to System's first new material since 2001's brilliant Toxicity. On "Soldier Side" Daron Malakian and Serj Tankian harmonize as they do throughout the record, and Malakian's guitar has a mournful, Eastern air. But it's just a lull before "B.Y.O.B.," a thrash assault pierced with rabid and incredulous screams. "Why do they always send the poor?" Suddenly the gears switch, and the song stomps in crunchy half-time as its lyrics riff with a sick grin on cultural ignorance. The government's lying, System's saying, but "Blast off!/It's party time." The vocal exploration between Tankian and Malakian on Mezmerize is a thrill -- they spur each other on like a two-headed hardcore hero. Their intermingling voices make "Cigaro" more aggressive, frantic, operatic, and totally bananas; they'd be triumphant over the break in "Violent Pornography" if they weren't spitting out lines like "Choking chicks and sodomy." The fantastic "Pornography" is a rusty shiv of absurdity, another example of System's ability to effectively skewer society with little more than hyper guitar, blistering percussion, and weird turns of phrase. Their volatile mix of righteousness, wordiness, odd meters, and thrash has balanced System's activism since their self-titled debut, making them "unique heavy music" over the much more problematic "unique, heavily political music." And Mezmerize doesn't fail to be unique. "Old School Hollywood" essays the bizarre experience of a celebrity baseball game "Tony Danza cuts in line!" over keyboard effects from "Beat It" and a brutally simplistic rhythm, "This Cocaine Makes Me Feel Like I'm on This Song" is more twisted-tongue histrionics and explosive playing, and Tankian and Malakian's harmonies are the catalyst again! for making "Revenga" a truly feral epic. System of a Down -- what's another adjective for "awesome"?
Rolling Stone - David Fricke
1/2 Everything on Mezmerize hits and splits with viciously honed purpose.

1/2 Everything on Mezmerize hits and splits with viciously honed purpose.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/17/2005
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 827969064825
  • Catalog Number: 90648
  • Sales rank: 20,878

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Soldier Side (1:03)
  2. 2 B.Y.O.B. (4:15)
  3. 3 Revenga (3:48)
  4. 4 Cigaro (2:11)
  5. 5 Radio/Video (4:09)
  6. 6 This Cocaine Makes Me Feel Like I'm on This Song (2:08)
  7. 7 Violent Pornography (3:31)
  8. 8 Question! (3:20)
  9. 9 Sad Statue (3:25)
  10. 10 Old School Hollywood (2:56)
  11. 11 Lost in Hollywood (5:20)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
System of a Down Primary Artist
Daron Malakian Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Shavo Odadjian Bass, Bass Guitar, Group Member
Serj Tankian Keyboards, Vocals, Group Member
John Dolmayan Drums, Group Member
Technical Credits
Rick Rubin Producer, Audio Production
Dave Shiffman Engineer
Daron Malakian Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Serj Tankian Composer, String Arrangements
John O'Mahoney Digital Editing
Vlado Meller Mastering
Vartan Malakian Artwork
Mark Mann String Arrangements
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  • Posted May 13, 2012

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    Thinking music

    To the idiot that wrote that SOAD do not have intelligent lyrics, you are sadly mistaken my friend. They're music is indeed hard to interperate to the untrained ear, but once you get it, you'll hear songs about bad politics, retarded sex crazed Americans, wool being pulled over our eyes, etc. Amazing stuff.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    hard on guitar hero

    wowzerz

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AWSOME ALBUM!!!!

    Amazing album, but most of the other guys writing , I bet don't even listen to the lyrics . I do like the band a lot, but I like a lot of other bands much more like Nirvana, and Tool. Tool I think is better than SOAD because Maynard James Keenan (Lead singer) has better vocals than Daron Malakian, and Tool sings about better topics than SOAD. I still think SOAD is an awsome band cause their songs are so energetic, and amusing to listen to.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing

    Everything is excellent about this cd. I belive Serj Tankian is one of the Best vocalists in metal, because he can sing to the heaviest and most insane riffs (BYOB), haunting, slow, and melodic pieces that will give you chills (Lost in Hollywood), and everything in between. This is one of the few cd's where I can listen to every track without skipping any, but my favorite is probably Question! because it is probably the best of Serj's vocal performances (on this cd), with guitar riffs that make it ten times more beautiful and and powerful. The lyrics are all excellently written (ok, maybe not Radio/Video, but oh well), and they all have have great meanings behind them. Politics is the main theme in the lyrics. Two of the greatest sons dealing with this are Cigaro, a song about rivalry between world leaders hiding behind classic SOAD insanity, and Sad Statue, which tell how America is going down because of "a generation that didn't agree."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best SOAD EVER!!!

    SOAD is one of my favorite bands. They're just AWESOME!!! Buy EVERY CD they have!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    SOAD IS THE BEST BAND IN THE WORLD!!

    This CD is pretty much the best CD in a while , and defininitely the best of 05. all the songs are hard rocking and the folow up shouldnt be dissapointing either, as i have heard the song hypnotise on thier mezmerize tour and it is amazing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    it sucks

    system of a down doesn't have the great vocals like other metal bands do. they sound more like being at a carnival. this cd got me really bored after a while.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best Album So Far

    This album is excellent... not only because of it's headbang-inducing guitar thrashing and crazy, sudden pace changes, but because of it's lyrics... they really are saying something big (OK, excluding 'Cigaro'), especially with the moving and disturbing finale, 'Lost In Hollywood'. This is one of my favorite albums of the year, and I truely can not wait for the follow-up. Pick this up now, and I guarantee you will be lost in the haunting lyrics and the beauty they bring to the music.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    i love it

    ok, so it's not as good as toxicity, but it is still really good. looking forward to Hypnotize

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    IT SUCKS!

    This album was a major disapointment. I figured theyd make a better album than the last but instead they made one that was even worse than steal this album. Some of the songs are just plain annoying. Like violent pornagraphy gets old as soon as you start to listen to it. Plus, their so called hit B.Y.O.B. is another song that gets old really damn fast. I think system of a down needs to really think before they make their next album and think about righting better lyrics and better music.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Rock On

    This is one of those cd's I get in trouble by the old lady for listening to too much. It's hard not to like this style of music and SoaD change styles more times in one song than a Christina Aguilera hairdo. There are very few bands that have affectively mixed rap-sounding bass with heavy metal guitar, but SoaD is able to do it with ease. One wouldn't be unhappy buying this cd.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Disapointed

    i was really disapointed with this album. its ok at first but after about the second time u listen to it it gets old and boring. evrybdy seems to like B.Y.O.B. but i think that song definetly gets old fast. I think this cd had potential but didnt follow through.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    SOAD hits it yet again!

    System yet agains puts out a great cd! With a singles like B.Y.O.b. and Cigaro how can you not resist this band? System brings the heavy metal sound along with a unique sound that i have only heard from them. Mezmerize proves that a heavy metal band can still put an album on the charts.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Ok

    Well, i will always have a space in my heart for toxicity, i think that this album is one of the better of SOAD's other albums.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Whoa.

    My dad got me this CD and I didn't know what to really expect of it, because I had never even heard of these guys. On my first listen, I fell in love with this band. The music is just out of this world! The singing is amazing and you hear nothing like it anywhere else, their lyrics sound like complete nonsense but if you listen close enough they have deeper meanings, the drums are "whoa", and that goes for the awesome guitars. System of a Down is a heavy metal band that has a very unique sound you hear nowhere else. So, if you like System of a Down or heavy metal, or just have an open-mind to music in general, then I recommend this CD. Listen to the samples, and if you like what you hear, then BUY IT: YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED!!!! (I sure wasn't.)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    a great album

    i've been a rock and rap fan since the day i was born. i've listened to the greatests from jimmy hendrix to metallica now i have to say since the day system of a down came out, they are now a member of the greatest rock bands ever.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not everyone will get it. Get it??

    Bottom line. This album is much more than most people can handle or understand. People are used to getting fed "music" that passes easily through their brainless heads so that there's nothing left but simple, idiotic excuses for art!! God forbid a band actually create something so original, so complex, so utterly unique that it leaves most people left stammering with nothing better to say than, "uh, uh, it sucks. It doesn't even sound like music." If this is your opinion of the album then you're one of two things: either a fan of Bo Bice or completely missing the point. If you don't like this album, you don't get it!!!! Get it?? This album rules. Sorry it doesn't sound like Creed or Mudvayne. The guys in SOAD are simply too talented to sound so contrived!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    amazing

    the only problem i have with this album is its ungodly shortness. but in this albums case, that deosn't matter becasue its so intense you'd get burned out. Musically, it blows all other SOAD away, because in my opinion all of SOAD's old work seemed like half songs, like ideas just thrown in. Every song on Mesmerize is memorable.. and awesome

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wow Outstanding

    This Album Is Breathtaking Its just that simple its the best album of system of a down SO BUY IT

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Growth

    Some serious growth on the part of the band. They are definitely drawing from some diverse influences. I see a little bit of everything from Slayer to Mike Patton era Faith No More and Mr. Bungle. Its notably different from their other releases. Some songs are mediocre, but overall, I enjoyed this release. I like the Daron Malakian (guitar player) directed approach.

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