Mezmerize (album)

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Mezmerize
Studio album by System of a Down
Released May 17, 2005
Recorded June - November 2004, The Mansion and Akademie Mathematique of Philosophical Sound Research, Los Angeles, California
Genre Alternative metal, heavy metal
Length 36:06
Label American
Producer Rick Rubin, Daron Malakian
System of a Down chronology
Steal This Album!
(2002)
Mezmerize
(2005)
Hypnotize
(2005)
Singles from Mezmerize
  1. "B.Y.O.B."
    Released: March 29, 2005
  2. "Question!"
    Released: August 29, 2005
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 85/100 [1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [2]
Entertainment Weekly A− [3]
Kerrang! 5/5 stars
People 3/4 stars[4]
Pitchfork Media 7.1/10[5]
PopMatters 9/10[6]
Robert Christgau (1-star Honorable Mention)[7]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[8]
Stylus B− [9]

Mezmerize is the fourth studio album by Armenian American rock band System of a Down. It is the first half of the Mezmerize/Hypnotize double album. It was released on May 17, 2005, six months before Hypnotize, on American Records. The album has sold over 10 million copies worldwide since its release.[citation needed]

Background[edit]

Mezmerize was well received by critics, scoring 85 at Metacritic based on 19 reviews.[1] The album debuted at number one in at least 12 countries,[10] including the US Billboard 200, with 453,000 copies,[11] and has since been certified Platinum by the RIAA. It was chosen as one of Amazon.com's Top 100 Editor's Picks of 2005. The hit single "B.Y.O.B." won a Grammy Award in 2006 for Best Hard Rock Performance.

Despite the time difference between releases, the album actually takes its name from the lyrics in the song "Hypnotize"; Mezmerize and Hypnotize were recorded within the same time frame. The album features guitarist Daron Malakian sharing most of the vocal work with vocalist Serj Tankian, splitting the vocals at least halfway on most of the tracks.

The Japanese version of the album contains a slightly different mix of "Soldier Side (Intro)" with strings, 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 the father of guitarist Daron Malakian, Vartan Malakian.

Soundtrack Appearances[edit]

"B.Y.O.B." Appeared In Guitar Hero World Tour.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Soldier Side - Intro"   Malakian Malakian 1:03
2. "B.Y.O.B." ("Bring Your Own Bombs") Malakian, Tankian Malakian 4:15
3. "Revenga"   Malakian, Tankian Malakian 3:48
4. "Cigaro"   Malakian, Tankian Malakian 2:11
5. "Radio/Video"   Malakian Malakian 4:09
6. "This Cocaine Makes Me Feel Like I'm on This Song"   Malakian, Tankian Malakian 2:08
7. "Violent Pornography"   Malakian Malakian 3:31
8. "Question!"   Tankian Tankian, Malakian 3:20
9. "Sad Statue"   Malakian, Tankian Malakian 3:25
10. "Old School Hollywood"   Malakian Malakian 2:56
11. "Lost in Hollywood"   Malakian, Tankian Malakian 5:20
Total length:
36:06

Personnel[edit]

System of a Down

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b [1]
  2. ^ Loftus, Johnny. "Mezmerize: System of a Down". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-11-30. 
  3. ^ Sinclair, Tom (May 16, 2005). "Mezmerize Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2009-11-30. 
  4. ^ Arnold, Chuck (2005-06-27). "Picks and Pans Review: System of a Down (Mezmerize)". People. Retrieved 2013-08-25. 
  5. ^ Byrom, Cory D. (2005-11-21). "System of a Down: Mezmerize / Hypnotize". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2012-01-29. 
  6. ^ Begrand, Adrien (2005-05-25). "System Of A Down: Mezmerize". PopMatters. Retrieved 2009-11-30. 
  7. ^ "CG: system of a down". RobertChristgau.com. Retrieved 2012-03-22. 
  8. ^ Fricke, David (2005-06-02). "System of a Down: Mezmerize". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2007-04-28. Retrieved 2012-01-29. 
  9. ^ Pemberton, Rollie (2005-07-22). "System Of A Down: Mezmerize". Stylus Magazine. Retrieved 2009-11-30. 
  10. ^ System Of A Down Mezmerizes Music Fans Worldwide
  11. ^ [2]
  12. ^ a b Epstein, Dan (July 2008). Guitar World Interview with Daron Malakian: "A Scar Is Born". Guitar World. 
  13. ^ australian-charts.com
  14. ^ hitparade.ch
  15. ^ Finnish charts
  16. ^ charts.org.nz
  17. ^ Polish charts
  18. ^ "Austrian album certifications – System of a Down – Mezmerize" (in German). IFPI Austria.  Enter System of a Down in the field Interpret. Enter Mezmerize in the field Titel. Select album in the field Format. Click Suchen
  19. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2005 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. 
  20. ^ "Ultratop − Goud en Platina – 2007". Ultratop & Hung Medien / hitparade.ch. 
  21. ^ "Brazilian album certifications – System of a Down – Mezmerize" (in Portuguese). Associação Brasileira dos Produtores de Discos. 
  22. ^ "Brazilian album certifications – System of a Down – System of a Down" (in Portuguese). Associação Brasileira dos Produtores de Discos. 
  23. ^ "Canadian album certifications – System of a Down – Mezmerize". Music Canada. 
  24. ^ a b The first web page presents the sales figures, the second presents the certification limits:
  25. ^ "French album certifications – System of a Down – Mezmerize" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. 
  26. ^ "Les Albums Or :" (in French). Infodisc.fr. Retrieved October 13, 2012. 
  27. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (System Of A Down; 'Mezmerize')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
  28. ^ "Irish album certifications – System Of A Down – Mezmerize". Irish Recorded Music Association. 
  29. ^ "New Zealand album certifications – System of a Down – Mezmerize". Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. 
  30. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (System Of A Down; 'Mezmerize')". Hung Medien. 
  31. ^ "American album certifications – System of a Down – Mezmerize". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
Preceded by
Stand Up by Dave Matthews Band
Billboard 200 number-one album
May 29, 2005 – June 4, 2005
Succeeded by
Out of Exile by Audioslave
Preceded by
Il Divo by Il Divo
Australian ARIA Albums Chart number-one album
May 30 – June 5, 2005
Succeeded by
Monkey Business by The Black Eyed Peas