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Encyclopedia > Hypnotize (System of a Down song)
"Hypnotize"
Single by System of a Down
From the album Hypnotize
Single Released October/November, 2005
Single Format Vinyl, CD
Recorded ???
Genre Alternative metal
Song Length 3:09
Record label American Recordings
Producer Rick Rubin
Chart positions #48 (UK)
#61 (USA)
System of a Down single chronology
"Radio/Video"
(2005)
"Hypnotize"
(2005)
"Lonely Day"
(2006)

"Hypnotize" is the lead single for System of a Down's latest album of the same title, which was released on November 22, 2005 (see 2005 in music). The video was filmed on September 28, 2005, at the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Image File history File links Hypnotizesingle. ... System of a Down (also referred to as System or SOAD) is an alternative metal band from Hollywood (California), formed in 1995. ... Hypnotize is the fifth album by System of a Down and the second half of the Mezmerize/Hypnotize double album. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A gramophone record, (also phonograph record - often simply record) is an analog sound recording medium: a flat disc rotating at a constant angular velocity, with inscribed spiral grooves in which a stylus or needle rides. ... CD may stand for: Compact Disc Canadian Forces Decoration Cash Dispenser (at least used in Japan) CD LPMud Driver Centrum-Demokraterne (Centre Democrats of Denmark) Certificate of Deposit České Dráhy (Czech Railways) Chad (NATO country code) Chalmers Datorförening (computer club of the Chalmers University of Technology) a 1960s... Musical genres are categories which contain music which share a certain style or which have certain elements in common. ... Alternative metal is an eclectic form of rock music that gained popularity in the early 1990s alongside grunge. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... American Recordings is a Los Angeles-based record label headed by record producer Rick Rubin. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the performers, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... Frederick Jay Rubin (born 1963), is a Jewish-American record producer best known for his work with rap and heavy metal, as well as the America albums with Johnny Cash. ... Top 40 is a radio format based on frequent repetition of songs from a constantly-updated list of the forty best-selling singles. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Lonely Day is the second single from the 2005 album Hypnotize by the alternative metal band System of a Down. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A collection of various CD singles In music, a single is a short record, usually featuring one or two tracks as A-side, often accompanied by several B-sides, usually remixes or other songs. ... System of a Down (also referred to as System or SOAD) is an alternative metal band from Hollywood (California), formed in 1995. ... An album is a collection of related audio tracks distributed to the public. ... Hypnotize is the fifth album by System of a Down and the second half of the Mezmerize/Hypnotize double album. ... November 22 is the 326th day (327th on leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... See also: 2005 in music (UK) 2005 in music (Switzerland) Other events of 2005 List of years in music 2000s in music Events January 22 - Tsunami Relief concert held at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales - the largest live music event in the UK since the Live Aid concert of 1985. ... A frame from Bob Dylans Subterranean Homesick Blues video. ... September 28 is the 271st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (272nd in leap years). ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Van Andel Arena is a 10,834-seat multi-purpose arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan. ... Flag Nickname: Furniture City Location Location of Grand Rapids within Kent County, Michigan Coordinates: Government Country State County United States Michigan Kent Mayor George Heartwell Geographical characteristics Area 45. ...

Contents


Music

As in many Mezmerize/Hypnotize songs, guitarist Daron Malakian accompanies Serj Tankian in the vocal sections. Serj and Daron perform a descent harmony in the refrain before and after the instrumental bridge. The combination of the two vocalists gives the song a considerable vocal range, with Serj handling the lower verses and Daron delivering the high parts of the refrains.


Musically, "Hypnotize" is somewhat of an enigma. It is difficult to decide whether the key is F# minor or F# major. The opening guitar riff and early verses use an upbeat melody that follows the F# major scale, but with a flatted sixth (a D instead of a D#). This produces a direct switch from a major key to the minor key of the same name. Even stranger is the minor-key bridge, which loyally follows the chords expected from an F# minor song (F#m, D, Bm, E, A, and C#). Musical discontinuities like this can be found all over the song.


The Eastern-themed instrumental bridge contains at least four overdubbed clean guitar tracks and a well-crafted, syncopated rhythm. The song leads up to a massive crescendo, then ends with a repeated portion of the opening riff with soft singing by Malakian.


Music video

The music video is mostly footage from one of the band's September 2005 concerts, (filmed at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan) but includes a CGI scene of painting along with the music; the audio is dubbed over with the studio track. The beginning and ending of the video show a helicopter spraying red matter across a city. This could possibly be the pesticide referred to in the song Attack of the same album. The Van Andel Arena is a 10,834-seat multi-purpose arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan. ... Flag Nickname: Furniture City Location Location of Grand Rapids within Kent County, Michigan Coordinates: Government Country State County United States Michigan Kent Mayor George Heartwell Geographical characteristics Area 45. ... Attack is an airplay-only single by System of a Down from their latest album, Hypnotize, which was released on November 22, 2005 (see 2005 in music) as the follow up their previous album released only six months prior, Mezmerize. ...


The video has at least 2 parts that contains women flashing their visible breasts, one in 1:50 and another in 1:52. Both show them for a half a second.


Subject Matter

It is believed that the lyrics deal with the fact that Americans are not active in the politics of their country, unlike the chinese students who protested at Tiananmen Square. This is a strong argument simply because the lyrics include the lines "was fashion the reason why they were there?" This reveals the fact that some Americans are more interested in material things rather than political change. Drummer John Dolmayan has stated in an interview with Uranium that if System of a Down's members were to clarify what the songs, albums, and lyrics mean, people would not "think for themselves." In that light, there is no one way to interpret Hypnotize. The chorus is unrelated with the rest of the song: in an interview with MTV, Daron stated that the song was written while he was actually sitting in his car waiting for his girlfriend. MTV (Music Television) is a cable television network headquartered in New York City. ...


External links

  • "Hypnotize" lyrics on the band's official website
  • Video
System of a Down
Serj Tankian | Daron Malakian | Shavo Odadjian | John Dolmayan
Andy Khachaturian
System of a Down discography
Albums: System of a Down | Toxicity | Steal This Album! | Mezmerize | Hypnotize |
Demos: Demo Tape 1 | Demo Tape 2 | Demo Tape 3 |
Singles: Sugar | Spiders | War? | Metro | Prison Song | Chop Suey! | Toxicity | Aerials | Innervision | Boom! | I-E-A-I-A-I-O | B.Y.O.B. | Question! | Radio/Video | Hypnotize | Lonely Day | Kill Rock & Roll
Related articles
Serart | Serjical Strike | Scars on Broadway | EatUrMusic | Axis of Justice
Categories
System of a Down | System of a Down songs

 
 

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