Sound — 1
This album's sound is a cacophany of awful noise that sounds like a bunch of little kids jamming in Metallica's studio. Sure, I haven't heard any of the songs in their entirety, but I did watch "Some Kind of Monster," and I really don't want to. Whether it be the awful coffee-can clang of the drums, the crappy mess of the guitars or the whiny singing, this album fails on all counts. And the band's excuse for this tub of nuclear waste? "It's like a band that's first jamming together." That's Bull! I could probably form a band right now and it would sound better than this! Arrgh... It's bad enough how much they oversimplified and crappified themselves on Load and ReLoad, but this is the peak of their crappiness. (Sigh) Sad, hut True. Ha-ha!
Lyrics — 1
To say the least, the lyrics on this album are crap that wouldn't be found on any of the good albums. "Tick-tock frantic, Tick-tock frantic," "Shoot me again, huh huh. Shoot me again huh huh," etc. What stupid and childish pap. It really doesn't help that James sounds like he is throwing a tantrum a la 3-year-old when he is singing this stuff either. Yet again, sad but true.
Overall Impression — 1
Unmitigated crap. Those are the two words that describe this album best. Everything about it sucks, and I don't understand how Anyone At All would mention it in the same breath as the first four or five albums for all the reasons I have mentioned in this review. It's just an annoying cacophany of crap 'n' pap from what we all know is a skilled group of musicians that will forever shame their name to some degree. Heck, in Death Magnetic (their latest album), there is still some residual crappiness, such as James's crappy tantrum voice on some of the songs. I haven't bought the album, but if I did, I would be elated if it were lost or stolen. Heck, if it were stolen, I would laugh at the idiot thief, as he either doesn't know what good metal is, or he is about to have the worst experience in his sad life. In the end, everything about this album is sad but true.