Sound — 9
The sound was much more refined as a rock band, but not as a metal band. James worked much harder, as heard on the previous two albums, on the lyrical potency and melody. The guitar work was, as usual, Metallica grade, but not as intense as others before. The deffinate highlites of the album are Memory Remains, Devils' Dance, Fuel, Fixxxer, Unforgiven II, and Badseed. A well thought out and refined rock album. However, the sound could have been a little more agressive in some parts, but hey, the older you get, the less you tend to say "F--k you!" I give the album a 9 for refinement, intensity, and skill. Still a rocker, you need this rock album.
Lyrics — 9
Again, Het put more work than usual into the lyrics, and put a fine toothed comb to the clarity (something lost on their first couple of albums). Made the mood perfect in Fixxxer and Lowman's Lyric. I like the somber tone of Lowman's Lyric and really appreciate the views in Memory Remains. Good job Het. I give it a 9 for lacking intensity at times also.
Overall Impression — 10
This was the first CD I ever bought and still listen to it often, even after about seven years. The most impressive song, barnone, is Fixxxer. What an angry feeling riff, and the intro was more creative than almost anything I've ever heard before. Love it, man. Again, it lacks intensity, and could never hold a candle to the orchestration of Justice, the power of Puppets, the deadly insite of Ride the Lightning, or the intensity of Kill 'Em All, but hey, you've gotta grow up some time. I give it a 10 though because of the experimentation and hard work put into it. It has been stolen before and I buy it every time it is.