Review: System of a Down - Mezmerize
Don't get me wrong, Mezmerize isn't a bad album. It's just not up to the standard that SOAD set with Toxicity. Serj Tankian's quick, jumpy vocals still make things interesting, but the music that supports him is only interesting in a few places, such as the ska-tinged "Radio/Video" or the breakneck "This Cocaine Makes Me Feel Like I'm on This Song." Other tracks, such as "Sad Statue" back off the heaviness and allow Tankian's voice to do more than just deliver the words. When he becomes both rhythm and melody is when Mezmerize is at its best. But most of the time, it's just slighty above-average, chunky alt metal. After the strength of Toxicity and the musical strength of Steal This Album (especially considering it's essentially like an album of b-sides), Mezmerize is a step backwards.
Perhaps Mezmerize is just a set-up for the next album due this Fall. If so, it's a clever trick. If not, it's just a shame.