System Of A Down’s new album Hypnotize debuts at Number One on the Billboard charts with first week sales of over 320,185. The new album continues follows the success of part one of the Mezmerize/Hpnotize double ablum set, Mesmerize, which debuted at Number One in May. System of a Down is the first band in the history of the chart to score two No 1 debuts with new studio albums in a single calendar year.
Hypnotize, the fifth studio album from System Of A Down, is the group’s third to debut at No 1. Toxicity, the watershed release that brought the band its first major success, debuted at No 1 the week ending September 9, 2001 with first week’s sales of 222,037. The album has gone on to sell more than 6 million copies worldwide. Global sales for System Of A Down albums and singles now total more than 16 million records.
System Of A Down : Hypnotize track listing:
3. Kill Rock n Roll
5. Stealing Society
8. Holy Mountains
9. Vicinity of Obscenity
10. She’s Like Heroin
11. Lonely Day
12. Soldier Side
Guitarist Daron Malakian, who coproduced both albums with Rick Rubin, said that the band’s appeal is that they don’t compromise. What we’re doing right is basically not compromising our real emotions through our music, Malakian said. We’ve stayed honest–you know, when I’m sitting at home writing the songs, I don’t sit there and say, Well, what’s gonna be the hook? and What’s not gonna be the hook? I mean, sometimes the songs just, like, fly right through me, and I have no idea where they came from. I didn’t think about it at all.
The U.S. music press corps, from the underground to the mainstream, has been universal in its praise for System Of A Down and Mezmerize/Hypnotize:
Rock’s heaviest oddballs drop bombs and blow minds on the second disc of their Mezmerize/Hypnotize project. (***1/2)
– David Fricke, Rolling Stone, December 1, 2005
Much of this hard-rock rampage, a sequel to May’s Mezmerize, sounds like a war zone, with strafing guitars and machine-gun beats piercing a darkness pregnant with tension and aggression. (***)
– Edna Gundersen, USA Today, November 22, 2005
… the band’s best album so far …
– Ben Ratliff, New York Times, November 21, 2005
It’s a measure of the band’s tenacity and integrity that what seemed like an impenetrable foreign tongue when they introduced it seven years ago has become a universal language. (***1/2)
– Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, November 20, 2005
a double album masterpiece
– Mikael Wood, Revolver, December 2005
With Mezmerize and now Hypnotize, System accelerate their shifts from pummel to tune to rant to majesty, so that three-minute songs can sound like epics.
– Jon Pareles, Blender, December 2005
source: American/Columbia Records
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