Hypnotize

Common Sense Media says

No holding back on the world's problems.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

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

Violence

Some violent imagery with an anti-violence message.

Sex

Some vivid imagery.

Language

A lot of strong language used to make important points.

Consumerism

Nothing obvious.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Graphic drug references with an anti-drug message.

Parents Need to Know

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

Parents say

Kids say

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?

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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.

Families can talk 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

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Kid, 11 years old April 9, 2008
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i loved this!!!!

Teen, 13 years old Written byThatAwkwardGirl October 16, 2011
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11
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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 wrong with kids knowing about how messed up the world is?
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Teen, 16 years old Written byerica921 April 5, 2013
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16
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Rate all rock/metal music common sense media

SOAD ROCKS CHOP SUEY, **** THE SYSTEM, SUGAR, SPIDERS, INNERVISION, CIGARO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I WANT COMMON SENSE MEDIA TO RATE ALL ROCK/METAL MUSIC
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Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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