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* MusicalPastiche: Several reviewers have suggested that "Lost in Hollywood" is the band's tribute to Music/{{Radiohead}}'s "[[Music/TheBends Street Spirit (Fade Out)]]".


* WordSaladLyrics: "Vicinity of Obscenity", much like "Bounce" from ''Music/{{Toxicity}}'', has some pretty weird lyrics about perverted sexual acts. Namely foot fetishes. Hmmm...

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* WordSaladLyrics: "Vicinity of Obscenity", much like "Bounce" from ''Music/{{Toxicity}}'', has some pretty weird lyrics about perverted sexual acts. Namely foot fetishes. Hmmm...Obscenity" is deliberately nonsensical; [[WordOfGod according to Serj]], Dadaism was the primary source of inspiration for the song.


'''''Mezmerize''''' and '''''Hypnotize''''' are the fourth and fifth albums by Music/SystemOfADown, respectively. Released months apart in 2005, both debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, and enjoyed extensive mainstream success thanks to the singles "B.Y.O.B." (stands for Bring Your Own Bombs), "Question!", "Hypnotize", and "Lonely Day". Originally intended as a DistinctDoubleAlbum, the records were split to reflect the band's choice to let their audience absorb each individual track rather than giving unfair attention toward the hits.

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'''''Mezmerize''''' ''Mezmerize'' and '''''Hypnotize''''' ''Hypnotize'' are the fourth and fifth albums by Music/SystemOfADown, respectively. Released months apart in 2005, both debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, and enjoyed extensive mainstream success thanks to the singles "B.Y.O.B." (stands for Bring Your Own Bombs), "Question!", "Hypnotize", and "Lonely Day". Originally intended as a DistinctDoubleAlbum, the records were split to reflect the band's choice to let their audience absorb each individual track rather than giving unfair attention toward the hits.


'''''Mezmerize''''' and '''''Hypnotize''''' are the fourth and fifth albums by Music/SystemOfADown, respectively. Released months apart in 2005, both debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, and enjoyed extensive mainstream success thanks to the singles "B.Y.O.B." (stands for Bring Your Own Bombs), "Question!", "Hypnotize", and "Lonely Day". Notably, "B.Y.O.B." won a UsefulNotes/GrammyAward the following year for Best Hard Rock Performance, and remains their only Top 40 hit to this day.

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'''''Mezmerize''''' and '''''Hypnotize''''' are the fourth and fifth albums by Music/SystemOfADown, respectively. Released months apart in 2005, both debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, and enjoyed extensive mainstream success thanks to the singles "B.Y.O.B." (stands for Bring Your Own Bombs), "Question!", "Hypnotize", and "Lonely Day". Notably, "B.Y.O.B." won Originally intended as a UsefulNotes/GrammyAward DistinctDoubleAlbum, the following year for Best Hard Rock Performance, and remains records were split to reflect the band's choice to let their only Top 40 hit to this day.
audience absorb each individual track rather than giving unfair attention toward the hits.



Guitarist Daron Malakian was the leading creative force on this album and co-produced it along with Music/RickRubin. This led to some tension within the band, especially since vocalist Serj Tankian, who had previously composed most of the songs, decided to focus more on his solo career during the production and recording. The band has not released an album since, mainly due to Serj's reluctance to overcompensate and to put out something poor in quality. However, after an extended hiatus, the members have still continued to perform together live since 2009, and each band member has had successful solo careers.

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Guitarist Daron Malakian was the leading creative force on this album and co-produced it along with Music/RickRubin. This led to some tension within the band, especially since vocalist Serj Tankian, who had previously composed most of the songs, decided to focus more on his solo career during the production and recording. The band has not released an album since, mainly due to Serj's reluctance to overcompensate and to put out something poor in quality. quality, since it is regarded as a ToughActToFollow. However, after an extended hiatus, the members have still continued to perform together live since 2009, and each band member has had successful solo careers.
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Notably, "B.Y.O.B." won a UsefulNotes/GrammyAward in 2006 for Best Hard Rock Performance, and remains their only Top 40 hit to this day.


* BreatherEpisode: Hypnotize in general has a lot of gloomy, slow songs. However, it also includes "Kill Rock 'N Roll", an upbeat number about [[BadPeopleAbuseAnimals running over a bunny]], "Vicinity of Obscenity", a piece of WordSaladHumor which encourages the listener to [[ADateWithRosiePalms "beat the meat"]].

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* BreatherEpisode: Hypnotize in general has a lot of gloomy, slow songs. However, it also includes "Kill Rock 'N Roll", an upbeat number about [[BadPeopleAbuseAnimals running over a bunny]], and "Vicinity of Obscenity", a piece of WordSaladHumor which encourages the listener to [[ADateWithRosiePalms "beat the meat"]].


* BreatherEpisode: Hypnotize in general has a lot of gloomy, slow songs. However, it also includes "Vicinity of Obscenity", a piece of WordSaladHumor which encourages the listener to [[ADateWithRosiePalms "beat the meat".]]

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* BreatherEpisode: Hypnotize in general has a lot of gloomy, slow songs. However, it also includes "Kill Rock 'N Roll", an upbeat number about [[BadPeopleAbuseAnimals running over a bunny]], "Vicinity of Obscenity", a piece of WordSaladHumor which encourages the listener to [[ADateWithRosiePalms "beat the meat".]]meat"]].



* QuestioningTitle: "Question!" is [[ZigZaggingTrope zig-zags this]].

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* QuestioningTitle: "Question!" is [[ZigZaggingTrope zig-zags this]].

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* BreatherEpisode: Hypnotize in general has a lot of gloomy, slow songs. However, it also includes "Vicinity of Obscenity", a piece of WordSaladHumor which encourages the listener to [[ADateWithRosiePalms "beat the meat".]]


Guitarist Daron Malakian was the leading creative force on this album and co-produced it along with Music/RickRubin. This led to some tension within the band, especially since vocalist Serj Tankian, who had previously composed most of the songs, decided to focus more on his solo career during the production and recording. The band has not released an album since, mainly due to Serj's reluctance to overcompensate and to put out something poor in quality. However, after an extended hiatus, the members have still continued to perform together live since 2009, and Serj, Shavo and Daron have had successful solo careers.

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Guitarist Daron Malakian was the leading creative force on this album and co-produced it along with Music/RickRubin. This led to some tension within the band, especially since vocalist Serj Tankian, who had previously composed most of the songs, decided to focus more on his solo career during the production and recording. The band has not released an album since, mainly due to Serj's reluctance to overcompensate and to put out something poor in quality. However, after an extended hiatus, the members have still continued to perform together live since 2009, and Serj, Shavo and Daron have each band member has had successful solo careers.



* AlbumTitleDrop: ''Mezmerize'' is named for a lyric in "Hypnotize", which is on the ''Hypnotize'' side of the album: "''Mezmerize the simple-minded/Propaganda leaves you blinded''". Weirdly, the title drop for ''Hypnotize'' in the song comes ''before'' the title drop for ''Mezmerize'', even though ''Mezmerize'' was released first; this may be because the band originally intended to release ''Hypnotize'' first but switched halfway through.

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* AlbumTitleDrop: ''Mezmerize'' is named for a lyric in "Hypnotize", which is on the ''Hypnotize'' side of the album: "''Mezmerize the simple-minded/Propaganda leaves you blinded''". Weirdly, the title drop for ''Hypnotize'' in the song comes ''before'' the title drop for ''Mezmerize'', even though ''Mezmerize'' was released first; this may be because the band originally intended to release ''Hypnotize'' first but switched halfway through.


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* QuestioningTitle: "Question!" is [[ZigZaggingTrope zig-zags this]].


* ThroughTheEyesOfMadness: The music video for "Question!", which first shows life metaphorically as though it is a play, with a young couple falling in love before the woman eats a berry and dies and gets carried away by HorsemenOfTheApocalypse. It then shifts to show reality; the woman died during childbirth, and the baby is born to symbolize the renewal of life.

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* ThroughTheEyesOfMadness: The music video for "Question!", which first shows life metaphorically as though it is a play, with play: a young couple falling falls in love before the woman eats a berry and dies berry, dies, and gets carried away by HorsemenOfTheApocalypse. It then shifts to show reality; the woman died during childbirth, and the baby is born to symbolize the renewal of life.


* AlbumTitleDrop: ''Mezmerize'' is named for a lyrically in "Hypnotize", which is on the ''Hypnotize'' side of the album: "''Mezmerize the simple-minded/Propaganda leaves you blinded''". Weirdly, the title drop for ''Hypnotize'' in the song comes ''before'' the title drop for ''Mezmerize'', even though ''Mezmerize'' was released first; this may be because the band originally intended to release ''Hypnotize'' first but switched halfway through.

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* AlbumTitleDrop: ''Mezmerize'' is named for a lyrically lyric in "Hypnotize", which is on the ''Hypnotize'' side of the album: "''Mezmerize the simple-minded/Propaganda leaves you blinded''". Weirdly, the title drop for ''Hypnotize'' in the song comes ''before'' the title drop for ''Mezmerize'', even though ''Mezmerize'' was released first; this may be because the band originally intended to release ''Hypnotize'' first but switched halfway through.

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[[caption-width-right:300:''Why don't presidents fight the war? Why do they always send the poor?'']]

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[[caption-width-right:300:''They disguise it, hypnotize it, Television made you buy it'']]


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* AlbumTitleDrop: ''Mezmerize'' is named for a lyrically in "Hypnotize", which is on the ''Hypnotize'' side of the album: "''Mezmerize the simple-minded/Propaganda leaves you blinded''". Weirdly, the title drop for ''Hypnotize'' in the song comes ''before'' the title drop for ''Mezmerize'', even though ''Mezmerize'' was released first; this may be because the band originally intended to release ''Hypnotize'' first but switched halfway through.


Guitarist Daron Malakian was the leading creative force on this album and co-produced it along with Music/RickRubin. This led to some tension within the band, especially since vocalist Serj Tankian, who had previously composed most of the songs, decided to focus more on his solo career during the production and recording. The band has not released an album since, mainly due to Serj's reluctance to overcompensate and to put out something poor in quality. However, after an extended hiatus, they have still continued to perform together live since 2009 and have had successful solo careers.

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Guitarist Daron Malakian was the leading creative force on this album and co-produced it along with Music/RickRubin. This led to some tension within the band, especially since vocalist Serj Tankian, who had previously composed most of the songs, decided to focus more on his solo career during the production and recording. The band has not released an album since, mainly due to Serj's reluctance to overcompensate and to put out something poor in quality. However, after an extended hiatus, they the members have still continued to perform together live since 2009 2009, and Serj, Shavo and Daron have had successful solo careers.



* Daron Malakian vocals, guitars, bass,[14] keyboards [14]

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* Daron Malakian vocals, guitars, bass,[14] keyboards [14]bass, keyboards



* BookEnds: "Soldier Side (intro)" and "Soldier Side" on either album.

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* BookEnds: {{Bookends}}: "Soldier Side (intro)" and "Soldier Side" on either album.


* NonAppearingTitle: "This Cocaine Makes Me Feel Like I'm on This Song". Considering the fact that this song is a weird AntiDrug song, this makes the title all the more ironic.

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* NonAppearingTitle: "This Cocaine Makes Me Feel Like I'm on This Song". Considering the fact that this song is a weird AntiDrug [[DrugsAreBad Anti-Drug]] song, this makes the title all the more ironic.





''Tropers... [[TVTropesWillRuinYourLife all grow up to die]]... there is no one here but me...''

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''Tropers...!!''Tropers... [[TVTropesWillRuinYourLife all grow up to die]]... there is no one here but me...''

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