System of a Down: Robert Sebree
Tom Sinclair
November 21, 2005 AT 05:00 AM EST

Hypnotize (Music - System of a Down)

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
genre
Rock

We gave it an B+

When it comes to freakazoid operatic metal, no one beats System of a Down. On Hypnotize, the sequel to this year’s Mezmerize, the band decimates musical clichés with brutal tracks like ”Kill Rock ‘n’ Roll.” At the same time, they’re flaunting a heretofore underexplored sensitive side, offsetting their trademark stampeding riffology with flashes of delicate lyricism. It’s a strange brew that may not be everyone’s cup of tea; still, there’s no denying these cats have their singular system down pat.

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