System of a Down's Mezmerize — the first half of their double album Mezmerize/Hypnotize — doesn't hit stores until May 17, but already there are plenty of details emerging about the LP.
The first single, "B.Y.O.B.," is making a splash on rock radio, and the band shot a combustible video for the song in Los Angeles last month (see "System Of A Down Shoot Fiery 'B.Y.O.B. Clip, Find Inspiration In Fistfights"). While rumors of a completed track listing for Mezmerize have been circulating online for days, only now has the band confirmed what's made the cut.
"B.Y.O.B" is one of the 11 songs (including the intro) that make up Mezmerize. There are two somewhat shout-outs to Tinseltown ("Old School Hollywood" and "Lost in Hollywood"), and other tracks seem to have taken System's penchant for creative titles to another level, such as "This Cocaine Makes Me Feel Like I'm on This Song." The band has also released the cover artwork for Mezmerize, which was painted by Vartan Malakian, father of guitarist Daron Malakian.
System have already revealed dates for a European tour in late May, and a spokesperson said a U.S. tour is in the planning stages, with a targeted August or September start date. Their only confirmed U.S. date so far, their Souls 2005 benefit concert, is scheduled for April 24 at the Universal Amphitheatre near Los Angeles (see "System Of A Down Want Your Bombs, Plan Third Souls Concert").
The track list for System of a Down's Mezmerize, according to the band's spokesperson:
- "Soldier Side - Intro"
- "This Cocaine Makes Me Feel Like I'm on This Song"
- "Violent Pornography"
- "Sad Statue"
- "Old School Hollywood"
- "Lost in Hollywood"