Release date
22 Nov 2005
Running length
19 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Hypnotize 3:09 693,147
1 Attack 3:05 436,667
2 science (live from the hurricane festival - explicit) 2:37 3,685
2 Dreaming 3:59 401,436
3 Kill Rock 'n' Roll 2:28 64,501
3 Kill Rock 'n Roll (Clean Album Version) 2:27 242
3 Kill Rock 'n Roll (Explicit Album Version) 2:27 1,388
5 Stealing Society (Clean Album Version) 2:57 290
5 Stealing Society (Explicit Album Version) 2:57 1,194
6 Tentative 3:36 385,000
7 U-Fig 2:54 367,994
8 Holy Mountains 5:27 391,706
9 Vicinity of Obscenity 2:51 409,485
10 She's Like Heroin (Explicit Album Version) 2:43 1,089
10 She's Like Heroin (Clean Album Version) 2:43 40
11 Lonely Day 2:47 930,672
12 Soldier Side 3:40 441,561
13 Psycho (Live at The Astoria - Explicit) 4:04 182

About this album

Hypnotize is the fifth album by System of a Down and the second half of the Mezmerize/Hypnotize double album before their hiatus. It was released on November 22, 2005, six months after the release of companion album Mezmerize.

The album was released on both CD and DualDisc; the latter contains behind-the-scenes footage showing the making of Mezmerize and Hypnotize, the music videos for the songs “B.Y.O.B. ” and “Question!”, and the entire album in enhanced stereo (LPCM at 16-bit/48KHz versus the CD standard of 16-bit/44.1KHz). The album case was printed with soy inks on recycled paper. Inside the booklet the words, “We don’t have to cut forests to make paper anymore.” can be read.

The artwork is by guitarist/singer Daron Malakian’s father, Vartan Malakian. The packaging for Hypnotize is specially designed to physically join Mezmerize and Hypnotize together, forming one unified product with continuous artwork. The additional panel on the Hypnotize slots into the inside of the Mezmerize digipak case, which opens on the left side instead of the right.

According to bassist Shavo Odadjian, the album was originally set to open with an instrumental track called “Hezze,” but was instead dropped entirely in favor of beginning with “Attack.” “We wanted to start out the album really heavy,” Odadjian explained. It is expected that “Hezze” will be released sometime in the future on an EP.

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