I am probably in a minority here with my opinion, but to me, this is Helmet's second-best work. It encompasses everything they had done up to this point- the harshness of Strap It On, the more focused assault of Meantime, and the diversity of Betty- in a series of thirteen songs that are catchy, pummeling, or both.
The first 2/3 or so of the record showcases a somewhat new sound for the band. There had been a push towards more verse-chorus styled songs on Betty, but that was just a part of that record's experimentation with the Helmet sound. Here, more conventional pop structure is wielded as a powerful tool, and it makes the first seven songs GREAT!!! These songs are just the right mix of aggressive and catchy that defined this new approach to Helmet, and nary a single one has even a weak moment. "Renovation", "Driving Nowhere", "Broadcast Emotion"... these are some of Helmet's best songs, period. The riffs are menacing, the choruses are strong, the lyrics are wonderfully bitter, and the rhythms slam with force.
Then the record grinds to a screeching halt with the somewhat aptly named "It's Easy To Get Bored". Pretty weak track there- could've easily been left off. Not too exciting.
Then- WOW! The remaining five songs mark a return to the old Helmet sound- the production even changes noticeably to reflect this. The preceding songs had a sort of alterna-metal crunch to their sound, but beginning with the title-plus track "Diet Aftertaste", the production loses its sheen. "Diet Aftertaste" KILLS, by the way, as does the next track, "Harmless". "Harmless" would've fit easily on Meantime, or at least as a B-side to a single from that era, but I'll be damned if it isn't all the better for it. "(High) Visibility" has some cool rhythmic stuff, as does "Insatiable", which is angry and harsh like the days of yore. Finally, "Crisis King" concludes the record with a great vocal hook ("You'll never go down fighting... you'll just go down!") and a killer riff to match.
By the way, this was the last record with the phenomenal rhythm section of Henry Bogdan and John Stanier, the loss of whom the band would never fully recover from. Helmet has yet to feature a bad bassist or drummer, but they're now basically session guys and don't function as a team the way those guys did. Easily rivals Helmet's somewhat-peers the Jesus Lizard and their legendary Sims/MacNeilly duo.
In conclusion, BUY THIS RECORD! You can find it ridiculously cheap (I paid $2.99) and it's so good! If you've mainly listened to old-school Helmet, it will have to grow on you, but at the very least tracks 9-13 will have your head banging. This is one underappreciated record, for sure.