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Parents recommendPopular with kids
No holding back on the world's problems.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 26 reviews

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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 byLD1018 May 17, 2021

Swearing, sexual stuff, but overall, pretty good.

Obviously, it’s got quite a bit of swearing, and it
has a song called “She’s Like Heroine”, which talks about a guy getting a piece of a*s, and yeah. Bit, it’s... Continue reading
Adult Written byJake W. April 23, 2018

Absolutely amazing album and band

Personally, System of a Down is a fantastic band. Ever since I was six I have been listening to their records. Although some of their songs, like Violent Pornog... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byThanos2 July 10, 2020
Kid, 9 years old November 15, 2018

It's the sequal to Memerize

This is pretty much the same as Mezmerize.

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?

Music details

  • Artist: System of a Down
  • Release date: November 22, 2005
  • Label: Sony Music
  • Genre: Rock
  • Parental advisory: Yes
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: July 15, 2015

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