In this weekly series of articles you will discover what are the business insider’s favorite albums and tracks. We have contacted a broad selection of industry experts and each Wednesday you can discover one of those guy’s favorite albums and why this is so. Check out our previous “Favorite album of” articles here: http://www.headfonia.com/category/fav-album-of/
This week’s honor goes to Lieven from Headfonia.com. Yep, me myself and I. This (for now) is the last article in this series, I’ve enjoyed making them but getting all the companies to fill out the forms has been quite time consuming. A lot of them still haven’t replied so I might pick this series back up some day.
Who am I:
My name is Lieven. I’ve been doing reviews for about 6 years on Headfonia and I took over from Mike (see last week’s post) early 2014. I’ve been running Headfonia.com ever since with the help of Nathan and recently Linus and Berkhan joined the team. Dave joined a few years ago already.
My most played SOAD album is there fifth one, called “Hypnotize“. From track one to track twelve, the songs are all masterpieces. The album is a constant mix of styles, speed and aggressiveness. With Tankian’s voice, Hypnotize delivered a unique album, even more, a unique style that no other band has. It unfortunately also is System’s last studio album but there’s hope for a new one.
Hypnotize is the fifth album by Armenian American rock band System of a Down and the second half of the Mezmerize /Hypnotizedouble album. It was released on November 22, 2005, six months after the release of companion album Mezmerize. Mezmerize and Hypnotize both debuted at number #1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart making the band one of the few to achieve this with two albums in the same year. Hypnotize was System of a Down’s last studio album before their four-year hiatus from August 2006 to November 2010. ~Wikipedia
While I’m typing this I suddenly remember a video I once say on Youtube about how “elders” reacted to first hearing System Of A Down
My absolute favorite tune of the album is the track that shares the album name: Hypnotize
Besides the fact that this song obviously rocks, there are lots of theories on what it is about: The media controlling us. People doing things to be hip. Some say it’s about how governments manipulate people, essentially hypnotizing them into believing what they say. Make of it what you will.
The advantage of being a reviewer is that we get to listen to a lot of awesome gear. My favorite setup for this album still is the Audeze LCD-2.1 with the Violectric V850 DAC and the V281 amp, all in balanced mode.
When my wife is out, I tend to use my 1991 speaker system with a good old Kenwood amp and B&W 6-series speakers. 26 years after I bought it, it still plays like on day one. Recently I have been getting more in to vinyl and I bought a Pro-Ject Audio turntable together with all my fav albums on vinyl. On a me-time day, I’m pretty sure my neighbors wished they bought that other house.
If you want to check out Lieven’s favorite album, you can do so here:
Thank you all for having followed the the series. I certainly enjoyed discovering what some of my favourite “brands” like listening to.
Now up to something new….