Mezmerize - System Of A Down
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  • Summary: Rick Rubin co-produced this first of two planned 2005 releases for SOAD (with 'Hypnotize' coming in the fall).
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  1. Positive: 19 out of 19
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  1. 'Mesmerize' is a frantic, frenetic brutal assault on the senses. It mashes up the most intense hardcore, the fiercest fire-starting punk rock with ridiculously complex riffing that’s like amphetamine prog.
  2. You'll be left wondering why other bands aren't so daring.
  3. Mezmerize doesn't fail to be unique.
  4. Mezmerize should be enough to keep A.D.D.-ers occupied for six months.
  5. 80
    Confirms System Of A Down as one of the most innovative bands in modern rock. [Jun 2005, p.110]
  6. Mezmerize's strongest moments are when the band drops the eccentricities and just rocks out.
  7. While "smarter than most metal" sounds like faint praise, it may be the best way to describe the faintly praiseworthy System Of A Down.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 29 out of 254
  1. Deanna
    Mar 5, 2008
    10
    Possibly SOAD's best album. It is pretty much perfect. Some people say it is too political. 2 of the songs are Violent Pornography and Possibly SOAD's best album. It is pretty much perfect. Some people say it is too political. 2 of the songs are Violent Pornography and This Cocaine Makes Me Feel Like I'm On This Song. Political? Not so much. It really has something fror everyone. If you like fast, in-your-face songs, then B.Y.O.B. might be the song for you. If you like slow, depressing, skip to Lost In Hollywood. And there is everything inbetween. Expand
  2. zippitydoodah
    Jul 6, 2005
    10
    Nothing like it! Totally innovative and original. What a unique sound!
  3. LukeM
    Nov 1, 2005
    10
    absolutely awesome!!! my 1st SOAD album-the one that hooked me in... I now own all of them and think this is one of the best along side their 1st
  4. panos
    May 31, 2005
    9
    Warning: Its not an experiment but a full assault to all your senses. Heavy, aggressive, melodic. Its a powerfull mix of punk and heavy metal Warning: Its not an experiment but a full assault to all your senses. Heavy, aggressive, melodic. Its a powerfull mix of punk and heavy metal dedicated to all the people that are still have a rebel teen beat in their minds. All the others will (thankfully...) pass away. Screw them! Expand
  5. Mislav
    Dec 6, 2007
    9
    Awesome album. That is the most accurate (and only slightly biased) way to describe it.
  6. Matt
    Jun 9, 2005
    8
    Hard hitting political messages in a time when the U.S. is in big trouble because of Bush.
  7. jakepissoff
    May 20, 2005
    0
    i never thought id see the day that system of a down comes out with a shitty cd....ive been into system since their jaw-dropping debut....i i never thought id see the day that system of a down comes out with a shitty cd....ive been into system since their jaw-dropping debut....i was there when they did something unbelievable and actually followed it up amasingly....but this is just horrible....too much deron's shitty voice....too poppy not hard at all anymore....they just barely hang on to some of their old syle with byob, cigaro, and this cocain....but i think that the songs that really kill system of a down are the last 2 songs...."old school hollywood baseball?!?!?" that is not system at all....to all of you new school system fans, i hope your all happy that you killed possibly the greatest and most original bands ever. Expand

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