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Wow. I love this band, but what the fuck has happened to them? They lose Mike and apparently, all the bass goes out the window as well. They've now got Rachel, and she's a very beautiful woman, but what is going on?
Okay, so they've decided to go for the frantic riffs full time. I really loved how that worked on the first album, but they did a lot of other stuff too besides just blasting along. Also, the riffs don't seem twisted like they did on the first album, just really fast and technical. Did I mention there is no bottom end on here?
I can't recall many moments on this album when I just wanted to run around, headbaning and playing air guitar. Hell, I can't remember much. Throw in some more variety! And some bass! Good riffs+aggression=good metal album Good riffs+aggression-carachter-bass=really mediocre metal album. Consider that equation guys, and please, heed the part about the bass.
Rachel--you're hot, but your vocals don't match Mike. Hell, they don't even match Eric, who I personal found to growl too low (ie: all the time), and lacked the charisma of Mike. She's got a pretty dry attack, but it doesn't sound strong, just forced. I'm sure with some work, it would be pretty cool, but here it just doesn't cut it.
Oh, did I mention? This album has no bottom end, and that's a major fucking problem. A-MAJOR-FUCKING-PROBLEM.