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System of a Down To Release 'Mezmerize' May 17, 2005

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System of a Down has confirmed that Disc One ("Mezmerize") from the band's 2-disc set, "Mezmerize/Hypnotize," will be released on May 17, 2005. Disc Two ("Hypnotize") is expected to see a late fall release.

The first single from "Mezmerize/Hypnotize" will be the track "B.Y.O.B." [Bring Your Own Bombs] which will hit the airwaves this month. The song, which questions a president's involvement in the business of war, balances a near-R&B groove - "Everybody's going to the party have a real good time/Dancing in the desert blowing up the sunshine" - with the song's recurring demand, "Why don't presidents fight the war?/Why do they always send the poor?/Why do they always send the poor?"

System of a Down will relaunch their website - www.systemofadown.com ­ this evening. The revamped site will offer intriguing glimpses of the artwork for ³Mezmerize/Hypnotize,² much of which was designed and painted by Vartan Malakian, guitarist/producer Daron Malakian's father.

System of a Down wrote some thirty tracks for "Mezmerize/Hypnotize" and recorded them at producer Rick Rubin's Laurel Canyon studio between June and November of 2004. The album was produced by Rubin and Daron Malakian and mixed by Andy Wallace, who also mixed "Toxicity" and "Steal This Album!" The new songs are more complex, more progressive, more unorthodox, and more experimental than ever, while retaining the idiosyncratic, ironic and schizophrenic qualities that make System of a Down so distinctive. Topics include relationships, the evils of television and corporate mind control, the mysteries of life and death, and a surreal experience at a celebrity baseball game. Some of the song titles are "Radio Video," "Old School Hollywood," "Cigaro," "Lost in Hollywood," "Question," "Vicinity of Obscenity" and "Revenga." The decision to release the two discs six months apart was made simply to give fans time to get into and really live with the music from Disc One before plunging into Disc Two.

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1. Bold As Love writes:

Praise the lord

# Mar 7, 2005 @ 9:52 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. Ray5316 writes:

You know what I'm not even going to buy the cd now because they keep changing the date and it's getting me mad.

# Mar 7, 2005 @ 10:01 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. robert writes:

make up your minds first it was the 26th of april now its may 17th i might as well get an "advance copy" of the album on kazaa

# Mar 9, 2005 @ 2:24 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. robert writes:

make up your minds first it was the 26th of april now its may 17th i might as well get an "advance copy" of the album on kazaa if you know what i mean

# Mar 9, 2005 @ 2:25 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Without a G String writes:

10 bucks...I'll have it!!

# Mar 9, 2005 @ 4:09 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. RememberMetal? writes:

feh...most bands want their album out ASAP.......labels do this sh** so they can boast and preach and get airplay and video play maxed out before it hits the stores for $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ so i dont really feel compelled to blame the band...i imagine they have more than enough money to take care of themselves.....label people suck...flatout

# Mar 9, 2005 @ 4:39 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. cleanslate writes:

as long as they both come out by the end of the year, im fine with it.

# Mar 9, 2005 @ 10:08 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. DerailTheTrain writes:

here here clean slate and remembermetal?...i second that shhit

# Mar 10, 2005 @ 12:22 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. Bold As Love writes:

When the f*** are the going to release their single?

# Mar 10, 2005 @ 10:21 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. Bold As Love writes:

they*

# Mar 10, 2005 @ 10:21 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. Freydog writes:

Praise Jesus! SOAD is the best band ever. I'm happy as long as they dont change the mother f****** release date again, for christ's sake..... and yes, label people suck.

# Mar 10, 2005 @ 11:05 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. DerailTheTrain writes:

I heard Cigaro on the radio anfd almost had a car accident, that may be one of the fastes heavy songs i've heard on day time rock radio in monthes....the guitarist back up vocals are great and he's hilarious on this particular song...more power to em.

# Mar 11, 2005 @ 1:48 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. argh writes:

another release change date? the very first date i heard for this was LAST f***ING SEPTEMBER from revolver or some mag like that. argh. System makes it so hard to keep interested when they keep moving the date. used to be my favorite band, but not anymore. oh well, at least it has to come out sometime.

# Mar 12, 2005 @ 1:33 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. brokenwing13 writes:

Hey ARgh, just keep telling yourself "it's not going to be like 'Chinese Democracy."

# Mar 12, 2005 @ 6:36 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. Jereth127 writes:

These album had better be as good as Toxicity

# Mar 12, 2005 @ 8:37 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. cleanslate writes:

u know, i heard that B.Y.O.B. was supposed to air on March 1, and i havent heard it yet, and it's the 15th! system of a down needs to get their dates right. has anybody heard B.Y.O.B. yet?

# Mar 15, 2005 @ 10:42 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. metalldzppln writes:

i haven't heard B.Y.O.B but cigaro kicks a$$

# Mar 18, 2005 @ 5:20 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. Bold As Love writes:

B.Y.O.B. is supposed to come out on wedness the 23rd, they were just saying it would come out around march first; they weren't sure at that time.

# Mar 20, 2005 @ 3:59 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. Bold As Love writes:

wednesday*

# Mar 20, 2005 @ 4:00 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. KILLurROCKnROLL writes:

frankly Ray I dont think SOAD will care if u buy their album or not cause ur havin a b***h bout the release date. Obviously they aint gonna release an album in september when it was first said when the song choice for the albums wasnt complete, wasnt gonna happen in march cause it hadnt been mixed yet so instead of whinging why not look at logiv and use ure f***ing brain. I for one have been looking forward to this album since toxicity, ive heard some of their new songs: cigaro, kill rock 'n' roll and holy mountain. all of which are fantastic and i cant wait to hold that album in my hands. And dont go downloading it off kazaa, whats the point? U can never say you own the actual album

# Mar 22, 2005 @ 12:15 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. MyShtStnksBtrThnUrs writes:

i cant wait til that cd comes out. im not blaming the band, at least they MADE the cd. its really not there fault that it didnt come out when planned. it doesnt make the album any worse, it just makes me want it even more. but whatever, i cant wait.

# Mar 23, 2005 @ 1:36 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. Mike writes:

I heard BYOB for the first time tonight. Holy sh**t people, it is the best song I've heard on the radio in years, seriously. The song blew me away. For sure my favorite system song. I cant wait to get the CD, its going to be so awesome.

# Mar 23, 2005 @ 2:50 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. malakian-obsessed writes:

O MY F*#*ing GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Just heard BYOB on my way home TWICE on the radio..the comment above me is NOT exaggerating when he says it's one of the best songs to hit airplay in the pasat years!!....i dont know if it's the best SOAD song, but it' s definitely in my top 3 SOAD songs...that sh** is TIIIIIGGGGHHHHHTTTTT!!!

# Mar 23, 2005 @ 4:52 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. Andrew writes:

Anyone interested in hearing bring your own bombs, check out this link- http://members.aol.com/ramo41886/byobradio.zip, its a good song, some good riffs and better musicianship than any system song i have ever heard in my opinion, i like it!

# Mar 23, 2005 @ 10:23 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. SystemJinx writes:

Thanks Andrew... Don't know about ya'll but I hear absoluletly nothing "R&B" about this... It's weird... It's creazy... Hell it's System to tha maxx... Lovin' it!

# Mar 23, 2005 @ 3:00 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. Andrew writes:

Yea it is very weird, you dont hear a song like this everyday

# Mar 23, 2005 @ 7:20 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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27. billy writes:

yeah man i heard byob on the radio for the first time on the radio a few hrs ago, awesome! i needed to hear it again though when i got home so thanks for the link andrew that was key

# Mar 23, 2005 @ 9:20 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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28. Josh writes:

This song is the sh**. Nuff' said.

# Mar 24, 2005 @ 2:57 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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29. krux power writes:

byob is sweet man!t sounds heavier to me i like it.. cant wait for the rest of the cd ...

# Mar 24, 2005 @ 6:16 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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30. Tankian Fan writes:

Thanks andrew that was kick-ass. A real good songs with some different ideas to the previous but with the same system trademark sound. Definately measures up to the great songs of the previous 3 record. Can't wait for the album to come out. I dont mind the date, judging by this song its worth waiting for!!!

# Mar 24, 2005 @ 6:56 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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31. Sigh... writes:

You guys are delusional, star-crazed morons. System of a Down completely sucks now. B.Y.O.B. is one of the worst songs I've heard in my 32 years. You kids need to learn a thing or two about real rock.

# Mar 24, 2005 @ 6:51 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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32. PWRLFTR_385 writes:

Sigh can suck all our c***s cuz system of a down is one of the, if not greatest band ever.....

# Mar 24, 2005 @ 11:08 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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33. RememberMetal? writes:

unless "sigh" is a 19 year old(obviously 32) 110 lb 5.4 inch tall girl (probably not) i want no part of the c***sucking....but thanks for the offer pwrlftr

Furthermore it's only because your so condtioned to love that radio-ready filth with conventional time signatures and the uber-simple verse-chorus-verse-chorus-verse-BIG HIGH DRAMA FINAL CHORUS-fade format.....i dunno maybe something like chopsuey.....a good song but a very tired format........ that you arent open-minded enough to handle something a little bit left of center. what is real rock sigh????

kindly go f*** yourself.

# Mar 25, 2005 @ 9:27 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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34. crap writes:

awesome song.where the f*** were you

# Mar 25, 2005 @ 11:06 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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35. crap writes:

sigh your crap

# Mar 25, 2005 @ 11:09 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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36. Mischief433 writes:

BYOB IS AMAZING! it's hard to find to download right now, we had todo a live recording from a BBC radio station web brodcast.... BUT WOW...

# Mar 25, 2005 @ 6:03 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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37. brokenwings13 writes:

The song isn't that bad, but it ain't that good either.

# Mar 25, 2005 @ 9:33 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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38. Mike writes:

byob is a great song, here is another link where you can get it http://www.angelfire.com/rebellion2/se7en/System_of_a_Down_-_B.Y.O.B.__Full_.mp3

# Mar 26, 2005 @ 11:15 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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39. BLACKDOG writes:

They keep changing the release date so it's difficult for me to maintaine interest.

# Mar 26, 2005 @ 11:46 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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40. Cynic writes:

It should be cool, I mean how many times do we hear "The new songs are more complex, more progressive, more unorthodox, and more experimental than ever"??

Normally all I hear is "Yeah our new album is gonna be a total slap in the face to our fans, we are gona sell out and go mainstream cuz thats where the $$$ is, the kids are gonna lap this up...."

# Mar 27, 2005 @ 1:59 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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41. PWRLFTR_385 writes:

i agree with cynic, well said. Does anyone know where to find the non-live version of "holy mountain"? i have only head the live version and it kicks total a$$ so im hoping to find the real deal.

# Mar 27, 2005 @ 6:12 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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42. Bold As Love writes:

andrew thanks for the link, byob is a pretty sick song

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