Mezmerize (Explicit Version) CD (2005)

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Mezmerize is disc one of System Of A Down's upcoming two disc set Mezmerize/Hypnotize. The thirty tracks that make up the set are more complex, more progressive, more unorthodox and more experimental than ever, while retaining the idiosyncratic, ironic and schizophrenic qualities that make System Of A Down so distinctive.


Label Cbs/epic/wtg Records
SKU 63920430
UPC 827969064825
UPC 14 00827969064825
Format CD
Release Date 5/17/2005
Author System Of A Down
Compilation Appearance Dracula 2000 (ost)
Compilation Appearance Ozzfest 2001 The Second Millenium
Associated Artist/Work Reedom
Associated Artist/Work Vitamin String Quartet
Technical Info
Engineer Dave Shiffman
Producer Rick Rubin; Daron Malakian; Rick Rubin; Daron Malakian
CatalogID 90648
Lable Name Columbia (USA)
Released 05/17/2005
Original Release 2005
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00827969064825
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Daron Malakian (vocals, guitar); Serj Tankian (vocals, keyboards); Shavo Odadjian (bass guitar); John Dolmayan (drums).
Audio Mixer: Andy Wallace.
Editors: Dana Nielsen; Jason Lader.
Many rock bands talk endlessly about their "sound," refining a basic formula until it's either perfect or perfectly boring. System of a Down, however, developed a loyal fanbase with the opposite approach--the group mixes genres so freely that describing what their music sounds like is nearly impossible. Sure, SOAD is, at its core, a metal band, but on MEZMERIZE's first two songs alone, vocalist/guitarist/mastermind Daron Malakian and crew zigzag their way though Beach Boys-like stacked vocal harmonies, Anthrax-esque hardcore thrash, Cameo-style funk, and prog rock of a CARESS OF STEEL-era Rush variety. "Revenga" adds a touch of swooping Freddie Mercury vocal drama to the mix, while "Sad Statue" sports a guitar riff that sounds like a Greek bouzouki. Even sharper, tighter, and more ambitious than System of a Down's previous albums, MEZMERIZE makes for a consistently surprising listen.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (No. 975, pp.67-70) - 3.5 stars out of 5 - "[E]verything on MEZMERIZE hits and splits with viciously honed purpose..."
Spin (p.101) - "Moods are muddled even more artfully on MEZMERIZE." - Grade: B
Disc 1
1 Soldier Side [Intro]
2 B.Y.O.B.
3 Revenga
4 Cigaro
5 Radio/Video
6 This Cocaine Makes Me Feel Like I'm On This Song
7 Violent Pornography
8 Question!
9 Sad Statue
10 Old School Hollywood
11 Lost In Hollywood
Product Attributes
Artist System Of A Down
Label Cbs/epic/wtg Records
Music Format Compact Disc

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