System of a Down
Release date: November 22nd 2005
SOAD metal
Rating: 69/100
Reviewed by:
Thomas Nielsen
December '05

Right, this is where the hype ends from me. As you might remember, my nose was in the gravel in respect when the first part of SOAD’s twin release “Mezmerize”/”Hypnotize” was released earlier this year. Not quite so this time around. I read all these reviews that praise this album, and I have to disagree.  

“Hypnotize” is simply not as inciting and catchy as “Toxicity” and “Mezmerize”, and where the latter incorporated Daron Malakian’s voice to a suitable degree, his at length annoying vocal performance is represented in abundance on “Hypnotize”. It’s just a tad too much. Terj is just the better singer of the two, please face it, Daron.  

To put it bluntly, only three songs really cut it on “Hypnotize”, namely the opening track “Attack”, the extremely atmospheric yet aggressive “ Holy Mountains ” and the mad “Vicinity of Obscenity”. Download those three from somewhere and don’t worry too much about the rest.  

Recommended: “Attack”, “ Holy Mountains ” and “Vicinity of Obscenity”