Like many fans I became interested in the band around the Justice Era & quickly snapped up their cds and overpriced box sets. I also enjoyed the looser style of the Load series and looked forward to a heavier CD.
Unfortunately like many fans & reviewers I was left disappointed in a mediocre result from such talented individuals. The songs that stand out for me are Sweet Amber and especially the Unnamed Feeling. The others are either ok, bad, or excellent (in places).
Whilst the sound has been well produced, I question the mix as the drums sound disjointed. Especially the snare drum(?) in terms of the balance of the songs, where it is too noticeable and on occasions sounds out of tune (with their noted production that seems unlikely so it is intentional...).
The lack of solos is noticeable (not critical as Fear Factory & Therapy? survived without them:>), I'm not sure the style of doing a song and repeating it (verses), or doubling up the verses was the best way around it. To guitarists there are some cracking riffs, but not consistantly through the entire song, namely due to the above mentioned song structure.
Personally it would have been better to have dropped the repetition and done much shorter tracks, which would have had better cohesion and more added punch. St Anger, Invisible Kid and Unnamed Feeling would have been cracking tracks.
The Anger in the riffs and lyrics hasn't been effectively put across and unfortunately having seen the 2005 DVD highlights how disjointed the whole album and production was. A 50 minute edited production would have been more endearing to fans.
I look forward to the next one, as metal has went a bit stale with too many trendy bands, that can't solo.