System Of A Down Mezmerizes Music Fans Worldwide

Acclaimed Band's New Album Debuts At #1 Selling 453,000 Copies In The U.S.,

And First Week Sales Over 800,000 Around The World

Mezmerize #1 In 12 Countries

May 25, 2005, 01:00 ET from Columbia Records

    LOS ANGELES, May 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Mezmerize, the much-anticipated fourth
 album from the massively popular and critically acclaimed System of a Down,
 becomes the American Recordings/Columbia band's second release to debut at #1
 on Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart, following the 2001 breakthrough,
     The album, released May 17, soared to the top spot on sales of some
 453,000 units, according to Nielsen/SoundScan. By comparison, Toxicity, which
 has sold over 6 million copies around the world, scanned 220,000 in its
 chart-topping first week--an indication of the in-roads this band has made
 during the last three years with its inventive, uncompromising and rousingly
 provocative music. Clearly, System has touched a nerve in America and around
 the world.
     The L.A.-based quartet is experiencing similar levels of success in
 numerous other territories, as Mezmerize has also rocketed to the top of the
 Pan-European chart and album charts in Japan, Canada, Germany, France,
 Switzerland, Austria, New Zealand, Greece, Colombia, Brazil, and Sweden. Along
 with an impressive #2 bow in the UK and an expected #1 debut in Australia, the
 album's worldwide sales will top 800,000 copies for the week.
     The stylistically unclassifiable System has ascended into the first rank
 of global rock artists while retaining its longstanding credibility with fans
 and critics alike. "Everything on Mezmerize hits and splits with viciously
 honed purpose," raves David Fricke in Rolling Stone. Says Newsweek, "System of
 a Down's music makes you wish more rock bands would take such brave and
 impressive risks," while USA Today offers, "every track burns with urgency."
     Mezmerize is the first disc in a 2-disc set with disc two, Hypnotize,
 expected out late this fall. Mezmerize/Hypnotize was produced by Rick Rubin
 and System's Daron Malakian.
     System of a Down kicks off a 23-date tour of Europe this Friday, May 27.
 The dates will encompass appearances at major rock festivals in Spain,
 Portugal, Germany, Austria, Sweden, Belgium and Switzerland, as well as a
 three-night headlining stand at London's Brixton Academy. The band will embark
 on a major North American arena tour (with The Mars Volta as special guest)
 beginning early August. Dates will be announced shortly.

SOURCE Columbia Records