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Political, explicit, and absurdist.
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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Depends on your politics and sense of humor.


Violent imagery in a socio-political context.


Many sexual references, including frank mention of STDs.


Gleefully off-color.



Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Several references to drugs.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this CD contains four-letter words and violent imagery, sometimes in the context of socio-political commentary and sometimes not.

What's the story?

MEZMERIZE, the fourth album of System of a Down, is generously laced with four-letter-words, explicit sexuality, violent imagery, radical political commentary, drug and STD references -- all presented in the context of absurdist poetry and excellent (some might even say visionary) instrumental arrangements. Compared with the band's previous CDs, the songs are more overtly political and less surreal, although they still qualify for their absurdist credentials with lyrics like "There's something wrong with me, I hope your stepson doesn't eat the fish" (on "This Cocaine Makes Me Feel Like I'm On This Song"). But most of the lyrics are edgy, overt, and sarcastic, with in-your-face slams at the U.S. government and the Hollywood celebrity machine.

Is it any good?


Musically, Mezmerize is, well, mesmerizing. The band explores influences as diverse as the Beach Boys, Eastern European waltzes, Greek wedding music, Latin-sounding melodies, hip-hop beats, and primal pounding. You won't find much music that's more diverse or interesting on record-store shelves these days, and if you're going to break down and let the kids get one explicit CD (the edited version really isn't worth the trouble), this might be the one to consider.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the socio-political commentary and have an honest discussion about the explicit topics and words. Also, which of the songs could be described as absurd and why?

Music details

Artist:System of a Down
Release date:May 17, 2005
Label:Sony Music
Genre:Alternative Rock
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:Yes

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Adult Written byHot Fuss February 10, 2014

The mezmerizing downfall of SOAD.

Before this record, System made classics like their 1998 eponymous and 2001's Toxicity - even Steal This Album! was alright. But Mezmerize is full of weak filler tracks that were made to annoy the f*ck out of anyone. Even though their music is great, this album is not for kids. As a metal act, SOAD aren't going to give heed to parents. This album isn't as profane as Steal This Album! or the self-titled, but it isn't the clean Toxicity. F--k appears multiple times on the album, including in "B.Y.O.B" and "Violent Pornography", while "Cigaro" contains the use of the word s--t. The album is also filled with sexual references; however, they are used metaphorically. Lyrics like "My cock is much bigger than yours" and "Violent pornography, chokin' chicks and sodomy", along with references to gonnorhea, are incredibly sexual. With some anti-war tracks, the album does gleefully depict acts of violence without repercussion - all metaphorically. "This Cocaine..." is a godawful song about acid tripping, and the album shows the downfall of what was once a promising alt-metal act.
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 15 years old Written byrallos April 5, 2012

NOT 17+

Honestly in the entire album, there are only 7 different lines with swear words (although some are repeated) and they are: "Where the f**k are you?", "My c**k is much bigger than yours", "My s**t stinks much better than yours", "Everybody, everybody, everybody f**ks", "The kind of s**t you get on tv", "All you maggots smoking fags", and "All you bitches throw your hands in the air", so I don't think this is too bad. Most of the sex and violence is in the song "Violent Pornography" with a chorus that says, "It's a violent pornography, chokin' chicks and sodomy, the kind of s**t you get on your tv". However, there are positive messages, and this album doesn't have THAT bad of content - I've loved it since I was 10.
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Adult Written byidk lol August 11, 2011

Daron Malakian, I hate you!!!

First of all, this album is okay. Daron took on as a lead vocalist, and he is terrible. I recommend not buying this, because Malakian made it crap. It was better when serj tankian wrote the music, because it was more passionate and appropriate. That guy, Daron, made system of a down into a glorified mix of eminem and bieber, and its total crap!!!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models


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