Sound — 8
This album was 36 Crazyfists first stab at the metal scene. After this they produced the more widely acknowleged 'A Snow Capped Romance'. They took their rather unusual name from an old Jackie Chan film. When trying to place a genre on 'Crazyfists I think their music lies somewhere between the new wave of harcore metal(such as avenged sevenfold) and nu-metal. Perhaps this album tends towards the latter rather than the former as it does project a nu-metal vibe to a relatively high degree. However, I wouldn't let this put you off because 36 Crazyfists have a unique style and seem to have found a way of twisting the genre for their own benefit. Their sound is blisteringly heavy in the nu-metal sense but somehow keeps an attraction through the melodic vocals of Brock Lindow. Itis not groundbreaking, but it definitely holds an appeal over a niche of metal lovers.
Lyrics — 6
The lyrics on the album are admirable despite occasionally slipping off into nu-metal stereotypes. Brock Lindow's vocal ability is undoubtedly impressive, and the lyrics on tracks such as 'Slit Wrist Theory' demonstrate this. Although they may not be quite up to poetic standerd, they lay a strong foundation for the whole album.
Overall Impression — 8
It is difficult to say which of 36 Crazyfists two albums is better. They are similar in many respects but possibly their second album is stronger than this one. This does however offer a good collection of metal and melodic tracks that I think would satisfy the majority of metal lovers. Tracks such as the melodic yet heavy 'Slit Wrist Theory' along with the powerful guitar riffs on songs like 'Circle The Drain' show that although it is not brilliant, it is definitely worth recognition.