Studio album by System of a Down
Released May 16, 2005 (EU)
May 17, 2005 (U.S.)
May 18, 2005 (JP)
Recorded The Mansion
Laurel Canyon, Los Angeles, California
Akademie Mathematique of Philosophical Sound Research
Los Angeles, California
Genre Alternative metal, art rock, hard rock
Length 36:15
Label Columbia (UK)
American/Columbia (U.S.)
Sony Music Japan (JP)
Producer Rick Rubin, Daron Malakian
Professional reviews
  • Allmusic (4.5/5) link
  • Audio Video Revolution (8/10) link
  • Entertainment Weekly (A-) link
  • Kerrang! (5/5)
  • Pitchfork Media (7.1/10) link
  • PopMatters (9/10 link
  • Rolling Stone 3.5/5 link
  • Stylus Magazine (B-) link
System of a Down chronology
Singles from Mezmerize
  1. "B.Y.O.B."
    Released: March 29, 2005
  2. "Question!"
    Released: August 29, 2005

Mezmerize is the fourth studio album by System of a Down and the first half of the Mezmerize/Hypnotize double album. It was released on May 17, 2005, six months before Hypnotize.

Album informationEdit

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 album debuted at number one in at least twelve countries[1], including the US Billboard 200, and has since been certified Platinum by the RIAA. It was also chosen as one of's Top 100 Editor's Picks of 2005. The album has sold over 4 million copies worldwide since its release.

The vinyl pressing contains a slightly different mix of 'Soldier Side (Intro)' without strings.


  • Rolling Stone (No. 975, pp.67-70) - 3.5 stars out of 5 - "[E]verything on Mezmerize hits and splits with viciously honed purpose."
  • Spin (p.101) - "Moods are muddled even more artfully on Mezmerize." - Grade: B+
  • Robert Christgau - "Firm in their convictions and (relatively) simple in their art-rock" Grade: 1-star honorable mention

Track listingEdit

# TitleLyricsMusic Length
1. "Soldier Side - Intro"  Daron MalakianMalakian 1:03
2. "B.Y.O.B."  Malakian, Serj TankianMalakian 4:15
3. "Revenga"  Malakian, TankianMalakian 3:48
4. "Cigaro"  Malakian, TankianMalakian 2:11
5. "Radio/Video"  MalakianMalakian 4:09
6. "This Cocaine Makes Me Feel Like I'm on This Song"  Malakian, TankianMalakian 2:08
7. "Violent Pornography"  MalakianMalakian 3:31
8. "Question!"  TankianTankian, Malakian 3:20
9. "Sad Statue"  Malakian, TankianMalakian 3:25
10. "Old School Hollywood"  MalakianMalakian 2:56
11. "Lost in Hollywood"  Malakian, TankianMalakian 5:20


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 2
Australian ARIA Top 50 1
Canadian Album Chart 1
New Zealand Top Album Chart 1


Year Single Chart Title Chart Position
2005 "B.Y.O.B." The Billboard Hot 100 27
Modern Rock Tracks 4
Mainstream Rock Tracks 4
"Question!" Modern Rock Tracks 9
Mainstream Rock Tracks 7


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