This album opens with it's two strongest tracks, both of which are pretty enjoyable and catchy. And then Corey and the boys stumble, and then they fall, annnnd they don't stop falling until the album comes to a close.
This is boring. I mean really fucking boring. I like the occasional hard rock album if it's done right, but this is so completely emotionless and lackluster and cheesy that I could barely finish it.
Is it possible for a band to try too hard and not give a shit at the same time? Because that's what this sounds like.
Really great album. Unfortunately, two of the album's best tracks were released prior to the album release which always brings down the excitement when actually listening to the full album cause its no surprise when these two great songs come on. That being said, Absolute Zero and Gone Sovereign are by no means the only great songs; A Rumor of Skin, Tired, and Ru486 are among other great songs; however, this album doesn't have quite as good standouts as I would hope for. These songs are great, but especially the ballads, just don't reach heights like Bother or Slipknot's Snuff. So the album is excellent, its just not outstanding. Hopefully Part 2 has some real standouts on it.