System Of A Down - Hypnotize
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  • I’m not positive but I believe that both were completed at the same time, the band just held on to Hypnotize for a few months before actually releasing it so therefore it makes sense that the sounds are similar and compatible
  • Mezmerize, in my opinion had some excellent songs and Hypnotize does as well – these would actually have to be my favorite System Of A Down albums which is surprising because most fans don’t really care for these albums for some reason, I can’t really understand what – the big complaint is about Malakian taking on more of a lead vocal role, but I still think that it’s primarily led by Tankian as it always has been
  • The Good – I know that I’ve said this in a lot of my reviews of this band, but once again, the balance of this record is excellent
  • It starts off with a very aggressive tone from songs like Attack or Stealing Society but it definitely gives way to very melodic and slower songs like Lonely Day and Soldier Side
  • The Bad – To be honest I really don’t have any complaints for this album, I think it’s a great match for Mezmerize and I think just about every song on here is great


    • by Grimmy101
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      Overview – Hypnotize, the second half of System Of A Down’s double album release Mezmerize/Hypnotize, is a good album to pick off where Mezmerize left off and continue in a similar style, feel, and sound as the aforementioned album. I’m not positive but I believe that both were completed at the same time, the band just held on to Hypnotize for a few months before actually releasing it so therefore it makes sense that the sounds are similar and compatible. Mezmerize, in my opinion had some excellent songs and Hypnotize does as well – these would actually have to be my favorite System Of A Down albums which is surprising because most fans don’t really care for these albums for some reason, I can’t really understand what – the big complaint is about Malakian taking on more of a lead vocal role, but I still think that it’s primarily led by Tankian as it always has been. It’s hard for me to contrast Hypnotize and Mezmerize because they’re similar, yet they’re also very distinct from each other, but I’m not too

      sure how to word the difference. I could say that Mezmerize is a bit more of the serious album with more mature songwriting while Hypnotize is slightly more spontaneous and just has some extremely catchy riffs and melodies, but obviously there’s exceptions to this statement. There’s not really a clear way for me to describe the main differences between the two sides of the album, but there is one, I can say that at least – the only way is to listen to both yourself and figure out what that is.

      The Good – I know that I’ve said this in a lot of my reviews of this band, but once again, the balance of this record is excellent. It starts off with a very aggressive tone from songs like Attack or Stealing Society but it definitely gives way to very melodic and slower songs like Lonely Day and Soldier Side. The melodies on some of these songs, particularly Kill Rock ‘N Roll or She’s Like Heroin are some of my favorites from either side of the album and there songs ...


      • that I really could just listen to over and over without getting extremely tired of them. In fact, aside from U-Fig, I have to say that I really like just about every song on this side of the record – each has something which definitely makes it stand out. Also, as I hit on in the overview, Malakian takes a much larger role as a singer, but I personally don’t feel he just overwhelms and dominates Tankian on the album – their duties seem to be shared pretty equally. This statement is a bit biased since I do prefer Malakian’s writing by far, so I really don’t mind if he plays a large role on the album but apparently a lot of fans do since they weren’t too pleased with all of the vocal work he did on this album. It’s hard for me to put a one word label or description on some of these songs, but some of them sound very “playful” for lack of a better word, they’re sort of just fun songs that really have a great
        energy behind them that obviously would translate well if they were played live. Yet at the same time there are some very dark songs on this album which have some pretty emotional parts and tones to them, particularly Soldier Side. Although nothing on this album touches the dark sound of Lost In Hollywood from Mezmerize, that would have to be the gem from that album in my opinion.

        The Bad – To be honest I really don’t have any complaints for this album, I think it’s a great match for Mezmerize and I think just about every song on here is great. I’m not a huge fan of U-Fig but it just doesn’t really strike me as anything that great, but all of the other songs on here I really enjoy and think they’re well written, a lot of my favorite System songs come off of this album, or at least one of the two sides of this double album. I don’t understand why so many fans complain about Malakian’s increased role on this album, I personally think it works and fits great.




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