This Is The Bar
Occasionally, some artistâ€šÃ„Ã´s work becomes amplified over time instead of weakening. Thus is the case with the third album Mezmerize from mainstream anomalies System of a Down.Systemâ€šÃ„Ã´s sound has been enhanced encompassing the best parts of punk and metal into a refreshingly exciting musical experience. Choice pieces of splintered heavy rock subgenres are distributed amidst eleven ambitious tracks. â€šÃ„ÃºB.Y.O.B.â€šÃ„Ã¹ consists of both satirical political commentary and death metal screams: â€šÃ„ÃºWhy do they always send the poor?â€šÃ„Ã¹ The alternating shifts from sweet ska to power metal in â€šÃ„ÃºRadio/Videoâ€šÃ„Ã¹ are reminiscent of the spastic genre hopping Mr. Bungle made famous. Even further away are the electronic swoops and robot-style vocals throughout â€šÃ„ÃºOld School Hollywood.â€šÃ„Ã¹
Along side John Dolmayanâ€šÃ„Ã´s pulverizing blast-beats the most noticeable changes are in the vocals. As was the case sporadically on Toxicity guitarist Daron Malakian now contributes backing/lead vocals on nearly every song. Daron and lead singer Serj Tankianâ€šÃ„Ã´s voices contrast in just the right way. The shrill vibrating tone from Serj melds irreplaceably into Daronâ€šÃ„Ã´s quivering high pitch, the two emphatically belting â€šÃ„ÃºDo we, do we know / When we fly / When we, when we go / Do we dieâ€šÃ„Ã¹ on â€šÃ„ÃºQuestion!â€šÃ„Ã¹
In fact, all writing credits herein are split between the two. The most amazing of which is â€šÃ„ÃºViolent Pornography.â€šÃ„Ã¹ That song is the argument, case and point for Systemâ€šÃ„Ã´s stupefying popular acceptance. It is simultaneously silly (near yodeling from Serj), poignant (lyric: â€šÃ„ÃºItâ€šÃ„Ã´s a violent pornography / choking chicks and sodomy / the kind of shit you get on your tvâ€šÃ„Ã¹), and infectious. All this, plus the 2nd half of this double album Hypnotize later this year? Hot damn.