Sound — 10
Clients is more or less one of the most brutal things you could submit to your ear drums. Good brutal. The first 11 tracks of the deluxe edition, the actual album itself, is some of the more brutal metal/grindcore you're going to find. The album itself has a really great production value, unlike some it's death metal counterparts, which really adds to to the brutality factor, and overall really makes it stand out. Everything from the crushing guitar riffs to some of the best blast beat drumming you'll ever hear, all mixed really well makes for one of the best metal listening experiences you'll ever find. The second half of the deluxe edition is comprised of mostly demos, live takes, and some outtakes. I know most albums that go back for deluxe edition usual add a bunch of crap no one wants to hear, but Clients is a good exception, adding live takes on tracks like Antman, Blue Line Cretin, and Black Santa that are even more crushing then the album versions. Also thrown in are demos for Lay The Tarp and Black Santa, which sound pretty much the same, and some outtakes including 23 second track of screaming called 7 Seconds Of Screaming, and a acapella number called Bread Pants, if for anything is good for a laugh after a listen like this.
Lyrics — 9
The basic lyrical premise behind Clients is of mental illness and instablity. The album got it's title from when vocalist Guy Kozowyk used to work in a store located right beside a mental hospital, and his experiences with a different number of people who he would encounter. The album mostly made of lyrics about different mental ailments mixed with a couple odd ball lines like "The penis was from heaven but it went to hell", mixed into Guy's screaming, if your already a fan of the genre, he doesn't have a voice that you have to ease yourself into in order to like. The only thing running against it, and I guess the whole genre in general is the vocals are muddy and hard to understand, which for an interesting concept to an album like this, makes it frustrating when you have to hit the internet to figure out what the words are.
Overall Impression — 10
Clients is most definetly a giant in it's genre, with no shortage of brutality, amazing instrumental gymnastics, and a breakdown or two for good measure. Right now the deluxe edition is cheaper then the regular edition in most stores, so it's definetly worth getting if you find it. If somehow god hated me enough for me to lose it I would buy another and enough for anyone who showed interest. The strongest songs on the album in my opinion are Fixation On Plastic, Black Santa, Blue Line Cretin, and any of the live tracks from the deluxe edtion.