For those among us who like their music hard, fast, nonconfirmist and unforgiving, Hypnotize could well be the album for you. Once again, the band manages to seamlessly mix political statement with ear splitting guitar, and often bizarre arrangements – with the explosive consequences which have now become their trademark (see album highlight Visions of Obscenity).
This may, however, also be the problem with the album: it is almost predictably unpredictable. Adjacent songs such as the title track, Kill Rock and Roll and Stealing Society tend to merge together in a plethora of guitar distortion and hollering, which, guys, it wouldn’t hurt to break up once in a while.
I am sure that, despite its somewhat stagnant feel, Hypnotize will strike all the right chords with the large and loyal fanbase that the group has accumulated over the past few years.
However, if you are not a hardened fan of SOAD, I certainly would not recommend this album. The band’s eponymous debut and their second effort, Mezmerize, are easier on the ear, and give a far better representation of just what this group can do with a 12 track L.P.
Reviewed by Gemma Day