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Hypnotize Music Poster Image
No holding back on the world's problems.
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Parents say

age 12+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 25 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

Strong positive message about making a difference and not wasting your life.


Some violent imagery with an anti-violence message.


Some vivid imagery.


A lot of strong language used to make important points.


Nothing obvious.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Graphic drug references with an anti-drug message.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that System of a Down uses strong language to get important points across.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byidk lol July 7, 2011

Sample the other stuff

I would definitely listen to mezmerize and toxicity before listening to this.
Adult Written byBilly Shears April 9, 2008

A strong effort.

Believe it or not, I bought this album the day it came out. Yes, a person in adulthood can still enjoy this album. It doesn't break any new boundaries in m... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byThatAwkwardGirl October 16, 2011

Amazing Song, Amazing Band

Okay, SOAD is an incredible band. I love Serj!! :D Anyways... "No holding back on the world's problems" means it's for 16+?? What's wro... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old April 9, 2008

What's the story?

On HYPNOTIZE, System of a Down once again delivers strong, elegant, and innovative music that stretches the definition of rock & roll. Jumping from one unrelated rhythmic and harmonic idea to another is the band's trademark, along with a highly developed political consciousness expressed via gleefully shouted obscenities. Lyrical content will be troublesome for some parents, as these guys do not shy away from strong language or visceral imagery, but they use the power of taboo words to make vivid points about politics, drug abuse, socio-economic issues, and sexism. It's also a sure bet that shouting those words at full volume into a microphone is a WHOLE lot of fun...which is why we don't recommend this CD for kids and young teens.

Is it any good?

Fans will not be disappointed in songs like "U-Fig," which veers wildly back and forth between folk-rock guitar riffs and punk-rock screaming. Somehow, the rhythm section keeps up -- Shavo Odadjian and John Dolmayian hold the fort on bass and drums, providing the glue that holds these erratic and interesting arrangements together. Daron Malakian, credited with writing (or co-writing) all of the music and most of the lyrics, continues to grow more stylistically diverse, employing Middle Eastern/South Asian harmonic styles and rhythms influenced by music from all over the world. Everyone delivers exceptional performances, and the album maintains its passionate energy from beginning to end.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about issues of the world, with lots to talk about, as the band decries drug abuse, sexism, political scandal, war, and the downside of living a wasteful life. Also, could the language be toned down with same impact?

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