I know, I told you in early 2002 that it was great. But at that time I was also like 14 or 15. In years to come, I've listened to this again in occasion, and I realize that it is not really the wonderful album I though it was. Oh, and now since I'm 18 I've heard so many other albums that things put it in perspective.
But also, what many forget is that music is in fact subjective. That's why bands like this have a fan base. What the band lacks is made up for in good overall songs. Contrary to popular belief, I think people will compare anything angry that has keyboards to NIN, no matter how it sounds. The first time, it was partly faulted in production, which was done by the same guy who produced "PHM". This, the second GK album, while not perfect does have its moments.
Sadly, you can sort of hear a lack of edginess, which can be blamed on the record label, TVT, which is why they left after this album. It's definitely got its moments. I like the more electronic tracks on the album. Particuarly with "Alive", which is really edgy, with heavy bass and drum. While the drums were simple, the song turned out to be a pretty good one. "Disintegrate" has a repetitive yet addictive synth riff. It makes the song, as does the verse beat. It also ends on a great note. While not really electronic, I particuarly do enjoy the rhythm of "Belief (to Rust)", which shows that some of the lyrics here are really great. It also surprisingly ends with some chimes.
Some songs are in typical Gravity Kills formula, so if you wanted some of what you heard the first time around, there is some of that. "Drown" and "One" are good examples of this. Neither track is particularly spectacular. However, it does show a metal side to the band. Just don't expect any guitar solos or anything in Gravity Kills.
But what makes it great is that while it's not completely talented, the songs themselves were written well enough and some of the members did show some talent. Doug Firley had some great keyboard lines and synth riffs while Jeff Scheel was a great singer, and in spite occasionally sounding like Trent when getting nasal, he was rather unique. As for the other two members, they don't get involved enough with their instruments, but I do like a lot of the drumming anyway. Although I still absolutely love the first album, this one is good but has some tracks that don't stand out quite as much. If you like what you know from Gravity Kills, I recommend it. If you don't, I can't guarantee that you'll like it.