• Record Label: Columbia
  • Release Date: May 17, 2005

Universal acclaim - based on 19 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 19
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 19
  3. Negative: 0 out of 19
  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. Entertainment Weekly
    It's heavy and hooky. [20 May 2005, p.73]
  4. Mezmerize doesn't fail to be unique.
  5. There is no other hard rock band around who can match the audacity, intensity, progressive nature, and accessibility of System of a Down, and with Mezmerize, they've simply topped themselves.
  6. Even if "Hypnotize" is simply more of the same, with SOAD operating at such astonishing creative and emotional heights, it'll still leave every other metal band on the planet scrabbling in the dust.
  7. Q Magazine
    Rarely are albums this thrillingly original. [Jul 2005, p.120]
  8. Spin
    Tankian remains the sort of agitprop trickster whom partisans on both side so fthe aisle are wise to distrust. [Jul 2005, p.101]
  9. Uncut
    Confirms System Of A Down as one of the most innovative bands in modern rock. [Jun 2005, p.110]
  10. New Musical Express (NME)
    If you want it to be, it's brilliant. It's also a record so ambitious, so angry, and so mad-as-a-goose that there are otherwise intelligent people who will hear it once and straight away deem it an interminable racket. [30 Apr 2005, p.61]
  11. Perhaps they're settling into their identity... Fast and furious often, melodic often, powerful often, diverse always.
  12. Mezmerize should be enough to keep A.D.D.-ers occupied for six months.
  13. Mezmerize is on par with 2001’s Toxicity as SOAD’s best offering to date.
  14. Mezmerize works as a synopsis of the most effective weapons in the band’s arsenal.
  15. Mezmerize's strongest moments are when the band drops the eccentricities and just rocks out.
  16. Who'd have thought you could describe a metal band as "intriguing"?
  17. At its reckless best, which is a lot, Mezmerize is thrilling confrontation, a graphic reflection of a nation tearing itself apart in anger, fear and guilt.
  18. While "smarter than most metal" sounds like faint praise, it may be the best way to describe the faintly praiseworthy System Of A Down.
  19. There’s no filler here; there’s barely space for a spare breath. But amidst the bombast, there are a few moments of clarity, and though fleeting, they’re certainly worth the wait.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 477 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 39 out of 477
  1. Deanna
    Mar 5, 2008
    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. Full Review »
  2. Dec 22, 2012
    Same as Hypnotize, BYOB,violent you know what,and This you know what makes me feel like I'm on this song are main reasons why I like this album.
  3. Mar 17, 2022
    Album stupendo,forse un pochino ripetitivo,ma merita,lo ascolto sempre, ormai le tracce le so a memoria!