“Welcome to the soldier's side. There is no one here but me.”
—Soldier Side - Intro
Mezmerize is the 4th album from the band System of a Down. It was released on May 17th, 2005. It is the first part of their Mezmerize/Hypnotize double album, being released 6 months before Hypnotize. According to Wikipedia (where some of this information was found), the album sold 10 million worldwide. It may not be true because there needs to be citation, but oh well.
The album was produced by none other than Rick Rubin—who has produced Slayer's Reign in Blood, Metallica's Death Magentic, and a whole bunch of other heavy metal albums—in his own studio, called The Mansion, between June and November of 2004.
As with a lot of their other stuff, the only thing that seems to change is the snare on the drums. But I can't really complain; it's their signature song. It's like asking AC/DC to change their sound. It fits them. So I wouldn't complain about it. The bass is needed for each song, and the loud, c-tuned guitars make things feel awesome to the ears.
Each track, minus This Cocaine Makes Me Feel Like I'm on This Song, is unique in its own way. They're all great music and great lyrics that talks about SOAD's previous topics of war/politics, Hollywood, and nostalgia. B.Y.O.B talks about the Iraqi War and the oil supply (at least in my perspective). While there are some songs like Radio/Video talks about Daron's childhood friends seeing him on the T.V. and hearing him on the radio.
A weird thing that I'll admit, but I think that a good album needs great transitioning to different tracks. Meaning that each track doesn't delay on transitioning to the next track or too fast (a millisecond). And this, along with Hypnotize, has great transitioning. Each transition is probably more than a millisecond, but it feels that it is necessary to have the short transition.
If you're starting to listen to SOAD, listen to Mezmerize. You won't regret the sweet revenge this album gives.
Reviewed by Fatal Disease