System of a Down - Mezmerize
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Based on 10 reviews
2005 Ratings: #83 / 367
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Based on 146 ratings
2005 Ratings: #56
May 17, 2005 / Release Date
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BradTasteMusic
68
BYOB is on here. This rating is an estimate though, I still have to figure out my full feels.
MusicSucks
65
The biggest problem with the 2005 releases of System of a Down seems to be the guitar tones. Holy Hell, what was Daron (or whoever did them) thinking? This is totally ruining the soundscape for me. I remembered these songs sounding alright from when I was younger and edgier...
Obviously, this is not something I'll want to listen to frequently but I do have to appreciate, once again, the way Serj does his thing. Throughout the record, his vocals alternate between calm, aggressive, huge, ... read more
PipePanic
90
While not as tightly performed or as well written as the rest of SOAD discography, but it's still a fantastic record none the less. It still has the intensity, the off the wall creativity, the tearing satirical bite of the lyrics, and the well performed instrumentation.

Favorite Jams: Cigaro, Violent Pornography, Question!

Lest Favorite: Soldier Side - Intro
88
Mezmerize is a great start to a double album. This record holds alot of System's best songs without a lot of weak points. Fire instrumentals, crazy energy, great vocals and writing all around.

Best: BYOB, Revenge, Radio/Video,Violent Pornography, Sad Statue

Worst: Old School Hollywood
ThrowBackG
72
In all fairness this was my favorite SOAD album two years ago. I couldn't get enough of it. However, jumping back into it I can kinda get the feeling they were ready for that hiatus of theirs. A bunch of really cool ideas are in the air and the end results are a mixed bag.

In my opinion the album is incredibly front loaded with some if their best material. Violent, dark, comical and somehow poignant. Well...with the exception of Cigaro. A love or hate track that's essentially 'Bounce' if it ... read more
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#20/Rolling Stone

Track List

  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 
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