This is painfully hard hitting from its lyrics through to the symbolic cover. However it is the best in RATM's accomplished catalogue. It has some of the best riffing guitar work i have ever heard and this is from a Zeppelin fan!! The track 'Maria' always stands out from the crowd to me, however I suspect Guerrila Radio and Sleep Now in the Fire are the real masterpieces with their repetitive preaching, thumping their messages home effectively. I find it difficult to believe they pulled off this incredible work after the disappointing Evil Empire (although that is still sweet). I recommend this to every RATM fan!! All beginners should get the eclectic first album!!