Hypnotize - (Import CD)
System of a Down
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- Rock & Pop
- Hard Rock
- Mono / Stereo
- Daron Malakian; Rick Rubin; Rick Rubin
- Hypnotize [PA] [Digipak]
System of a Down: Shavo Odadjian (bass instrument); Daron Malakian, Serj Tankian, John Dolmayan.
Personnel: Daron Malakian (vocals, guitar); Serj Tankian (vocals, keyboards); John Dolmayan (drums).
Audio Mixer: Andy Wallace.
Recording information: Akademie Mathematique Of Philosophical Sound Research,; The Mansion In Laurel Canyon, Los Angeles, CA.
Editors: Dana Nielsen; Jason Lader.
Just when it seemed that System of a Down couldn't do anything to improve on their standing as the most unique and ambitious band in the alternative metal world, they decided to drop their sprawling, Rick Rubin-produced double album by releasing each disc separately. Early 2005 saw the arrival of MESMERIZE. After that album gained significant exposure via tours, radio, and videos, the album's counterpart, HYPNOTIZE, was released in late November. The albums were recorded in the same sessions--so there is a strong sense of musical cohesion, and even the CD packages themselves are designed to fit together to form one set.
"Attack" and "Dreaming" the first songs on HYPNOTIZE, are classic System of a Down with their furious riffage, schizophrenic song structures, and the slinky, nasal vocals of lead singer Serj Tankian. The band knows how to craft a hook ("Kill Rock 'N Roll," "She's Like Heroin"), raise political consciousness ("Stealing Society" is about the Armenian genocide), and rock with the ferocity of the heaviest speed and thrash metal bands. In short, System of a Down seems capable of doing anything, and HYPNOTIZE is further, indisputable proof of that fact.
- Country of Origin
- Columbia (USA)
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- System of a Down
- Songs / Tracks
- [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Attack
- [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Dreaming
- [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Kill Rock 'N Roll
- [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Hypnotize
- [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Stealing Society
- [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Tentative
- [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] U-Fig
- [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Holy Mountains
- [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Vicinity of Obscenity
- [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] She's Like Heroin
- [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Lonely Day
- [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] Soldier Side
- Studio / Live
Rolling Stone (No. 988, p.117) - 3.5 out of 5 stars - "...Hell immediately runneth over on Malakian's scoured-staccato guitars and Dolmayan's furious hammering...."
Spin (p.102) - "[The first album's] tracks, all around four minutes long, ricochet through a clutch of ideas, compressing what might otherwise be prog-rock suites into jump-cut barrages. That strategy certainly keeps the songs moving..." -- Grade: B
Spin (p.62) - Ranked #20 in Spin's "40 Best Albums Of 2005" - "America's most compelling metal band hones a mash-up of Cali-punk absurdism, political outrage, and jump-cut headbanging."
Entertainment Weekly (No. 851, p.100) - "...[T]hey're flaunting a heretofore underexplored sensitive side, offsetting their trademark stampeding riffology with flashes of delicate lyricism...." - Grade: B+
Uncut (p.109) - 3 stars out of 5 - "System succeed through their skill at wielding complex, progressive heaviness in a pop context."
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