Hypnotize (Music - System of a Down) When it comes to freakazoid operatic metal, no one beats System of a Down. On Hypnotize , the sequel to this year's Mezmerize , the… Hypnotize (Music - System of a Down) When it comes to freakazoid operatic metal, no one beats System of a Down. On Hypnotize , the sequel to this year's Mezmerize , the… 2005-11-22 System of a Down Rock
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Hypnotize (2005)

System of a Down | SYSTEM GO (From left) Shavo Odadjian, Daron Malakian, Serj Tankian, and John Dolmayan
Image credit: System of a Down: Robert Sebree
SYSTEM GO (From left) Shavo Odadjian, Daron Malakian, Serj Tankian, and John Dolmayan
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Nov 22, 2005; Lead Performance: System of a Down; Genre: Rock

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.

Originally posted Nov 18, 2005 Published in issue #851 Nov 25, 2005 Order article reprints