System Of A Down-Hypnotize
Studio album by System of a Down
Released November 22, 2005
Recorded The Mansion
Laurel Canyon, Los Angeles, California
Akademie Mathematique of Philosophical Sound Research
Los Angeles, California
Genre Alternative metal, hard rock, progressive rock
Length 39:46
Label Columbia (UK)
American/Columbia (U.S.)
Producer Rick Rubin, Daron Malakian
Professional reviews
  • AbsolutePunk (91%) link
  • Allmusic Star fullStar full.pngStar full.pngStar full.pngStar half.png link
  • E! Online (B) link
  • Entertainment Weekly (B+) link
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  • Pitchfork Media (7.9/10) link
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  • Stylus Magazine (C) link
System of a Down chronology
Singles from Hypnotize
  1. "Hypnotize"
    Released: October/November 2005
  2. "Lonely Day"
    Released: March 2006
  3. "Kill Rock 'n Roll"
    Released: 2006

Hypnotize is the fifth album by System of a Down and the second half of the Mezmerize/Hypnotize double album before taking their hiatus to work on their individual solo projects. It was released on November 22, 2005, six months after the release of companion album Mezmerize.


The album opened at #1 on the Billboard 200 with 320,000 copies on November 22, 2005. The album was certified gold and platinum by the RIAA on December 13, 2005.[1]

Entertainment Weekly (No. 851, p. 100) - "[T]hey're flaunting a heretofore underexplored sensitive side, offsetting their trademark stampeding riffology with flashes of delicate lyricism." - Grade: B+

Rolling Stone (No. 988, p. 117) - 3.5 out of 5 stars - "Hell immediately runneth over on Malakian's scoured-staccato guitars and Dolmayan's furious hammering."

Spin (p. 62) - Ranked #20 in Spin's "40 Best Albums Of 2005."

Uncut (p. 109) - 3 stars out of 5 - "System succeed through their skill at wielding complex, progressive heaviness in a pop context."

"Pop!! Magazine" (p. 203) - 9.4 out of 10 stars - "SOAD is a great band and the second half of the Mezmerize/Hypnotize album did not fail to again show what they are made of."

Track InformationEdit

On the outro of the track "Lonely Day", the sound of a bomb dropping is heard. This sound is also heard multiple times in "Soldier Side" and at the outro of the song "Soldier Side - Intro" on their previous album "Mezmerize".

Track listingEdit

# TitleLyricsMusic Length
1. "Attack"  Serj Tankian, Daron MalakianMalakian 3:06
2. "Dreaming"  Malakian, TankianMalakian, Shavo Odadjian 3:59
3. "Kill Rock 'n Roll"  MalakianMalakian 2:28
4. "Hypnotize"  Malakian, TankianMalakian 3:09
5. "Stealing Society"  Malakian, TankianMalakian 2:58
6. "Tentative"  Malakian, TankianMalakian 3:36
7. "U-Fig"  Tankian, MalakianMalakian, Odadjian 2:55
8. "Holy Mountains"  Tankian, MalakianMalakian 5:28
9. "Vicinity of Obscenity"  TankianTankian 2:51
10. "She's Like Heroin"  MalakianMalakian 2:44
11. "Lonely Day"  MalakianMalakian 2:47
12. "Soldier Side"  Malakian  3:40

DualDisc edition — DVD sideEdit


System of a Down is:

  • Produced by Rick Rubin and Daron Malakian
  • Mixed by Andy Wallace
  • Engineered by David Schiffman
  • Editing by Jason Lader and Dana Neilsen
  • Assistant Engineer: Phillip Broussard
  • All Artwork by Vartan Malakian
  • Design: System of a Down and Brandy Flower
  • String Arrangement: Serj Tankian and Mark Mann
  • Worldwide Representation: Velvet Hammer Music and Management Group
  • Mix Protools Engineer: John O'Mahony
  • Mix Assistant Engineers: Steve Sisco (Soundtrack) & Joe Peluso (Enterprise)
  • Album Production Coordinator: Lindsay Chase / Braden Asher
  • Recording Location: The Mansion in Laurel Canyon, Los Angeles, CA and Akademie Mathematique of Philosophical Sound Research, Los Angeles, CA
  • Mixed at Soundtrack Studios, New York, NY And Enterprise Studios, Los Angeles, CA
  • Mastered by Vlado Meller at Sony Music Studios, New York, NY

Chart performanceEdit


Year Chart Position
2005 Billboard 200 1
UK Albums Chart 11
Australian ARIA Top 50 3
Canadian Album Chart 1
New Zealand Top Album Chart 1


Year Single Chart Position
2005 "Hypnotize" Billboard Hot 100 57
Modern Rock Tracks 1
Mainstream Rock Tracks 5
2006 "Lonely Day" The Billboard Hot 100 2
Modern Rock Tracks 10
Mainstream Rock Tracks 10
Australian ARIA Top 50 37
"Kill Rock 'n Roll" Mainstream Rock Tracks 38


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