Hypnotize is the fifth album by System of a Down and the second half of the Mezmerize/Hypnotizedouble album. It was released on November 22, 2005, six months after the release of companion album Mezmerize. Mezmerize and Hypnotize both debut at number #1 on the Billboard chart making the band one of the few to achieve this with two albums on the same year. Hypnotize would be System of a Down’s last studio album before their four year hiatus from August 2006 to November 2010.

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.”

Since its release, Hypnotize has sold 8 million copies worldwide.

Studio album by System of a Down
Released November 22, 2005
Recorded 2004-2005, The Mansion
Laurel Canyon, Los Angeles, California
Akademie Mathematique of Philosophical Sound Research
Los Angeles, California
Genre Alternative metal, progressive rock, art rock
Length 39:46
Label American Recordings
Producer Rick Rubin, Daron Malakian

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