Mezmerize 's strongest moments are when the band drops the eccentricities and just rocks out: On the two-minute "Cigaro", Serj Tankian's dominating vocals go from growl to howl while the band thrashes along behind him, and single "Question!
For the most part, the same holds true on Hypnotize , with musical mannerisms working best when they're accenting songs rather than controlling them. As the less ambitious of the two albums, Hypnotize is at once more aggressive and more restrained. Later, on "Holy Mountain", the band syncs up, firing every beat, every stroke, and every syllable together, punching their way through the track.
On the band's second album, 's Toxicity , Malakian's voice was a welcome accent to front man Serj Tankian's commanding, operatic howls and barks. But now, Malakian sings on every song, in some cases as the lead vocalist. Tankian's voice has always been one of the most unique aspects of the band, and to hear him step aside for Malakian's whiny, nasally drawl is a disappointment.
The fact that his voice is generally clear and easy to understand only accentuates an underlying problem that has haunted the band from day one: terrible lyrics. At some point, the words just become unintentional comedy. At their best, they're nonsensical and garbled; at their worst, they're full of forced rhymes, juvenile shock tactics, and failed intellectualisms.
Mezmerize give us "B. They were older teenagers and had Kiss all over the walls in their bedrooms. I remember being so afraid of Kiss, and it just stuck. Kiss started the metal attitude, metal theatrics and metal fashion — they contributed to that a lot. I was listening to that album in my car with my girlfriend a few months back. When I put it on, I said: 'This album is extremely special to me.
In the same interview Daron Malakian talked about "Violent Pornography" "non-stop disco" lines:. The Japanese version of the album contains alternate mixes of "Soldier Side Intro " and "Lost in Hollywood", the former with additional strings and the latter containing slightly different background vocals, while the leaked MP3 version of "Cigaro" contains a 4-stick hit intro not present in the retail version. The album artwork is done by Vartan Malakian , the father of guitarist Daron Malakian.
Mezmerize was acclaimed by critics, scoring 85 at Metacritic based on 19 reviews, indicating "universal acclaim". It was chosen as one of Amazon. The hit single "B. All lyrics written by Daron Malakian and Serj Tankian , except where noted. All music written by Daron Malakian, except where noted. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. System of a Down. Retrieved January 10, Retrieved January 11, Retrieved Retrieved 22 December Entertainment Weekly.
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