Review Summary: Every reason why nu metal is widely considered to be one of the worst rock subgenres ever.
Saying that nu metal is embarassing and that it sucks these days feels like saying that the water is wet. It had many flaws, but it certianly wasn't intirely awful. However, some bands definitely fall under the said category.
Saliva came out in the late '90s and they did the safest thing that one band could possibly done back then - they followed the trend of nu metal. Without further descriptions I'm going to tell you straight away that this record is nothing short of garbage.
Every aspect of this record screams cheese, as every single song is about as formulaic and by the numbers as they get. Even the trend chasers can have their moments - hell, some of records likd that can even be great, but... Saliva shows absolutely nothing here. And I really mean nothing - the songs don't even have riffs - just 2 chords chuggalongs with no melody for the most part. And when one shows, it's just 3 notes back and forth to make it look better. All songs sound exactly the same, chugging and angry verse followed by mellower chorus appear on more than half of the record.
On rhythm side there is literally nothing to talk about, the bass blends in with the guitar and drums are stale at best. From the opening "Superstar" to the next to last track "Doperide" there is so little to lead guitar, the could might as well have one guitarist for the intire CD. And even that is too much at occasions.
"Click Click Boom" as a single is catchy and fun enough to get you somewhat excited for the rest, and Josey Scott - while his singing is extremely nasal and can get monotone pretty easily - does sound like he puts some effort and energy into some tracks. But the lyrics here are so bland and substanceless that it doesn't matter. To his credit, he doesn't whine as much as some other singers at the time, but that just makes it only less annoying and incredibly boring.
It could be somewhat bearable if the songs were the standard 3 minute affair, but "Greater then/Less then", "Lackluster" and the closer "My Goodbye run for f**king ever, over five minutes of same chords and sections, and the last one goes over 6!
The choruses, as I hinted before, are all the same. 2 chords that go back and forth. Soloing is so simple, if anyone picked up a guitar for the first time, they could play it. There is beauty in simplicity, sure, but it all feels like it was rushed into existence. No remotely interesting musical ideas whatsoevee, and what's even worse, it is so unbelievably pointless and forgettable. Some laughably bad tracks like "Your Disease" maybe stay in your memory for like, next 15 minutes, but if you pick up any other generic nu metal, and rock in general, album, you'll get as much, if not more than you got on "Every Six Seconds".
Giving some credit to "Hollywood" tho, it is a break from nu metal into the more post grunge oriented sound. The hook is average and the song is boring, but at least it sounds a bit different than other songs. Saliva has a bad rep in its respectable genre for good reason, and this album is the very definition of filler and waste, while also presenting every reason why nu metal is widely considered to be one of the worst rock subgenres ever.
-Some energy in the vocals
-Decent guitar section here and there
-Best tracks "Click Click Boom", "Hollywood"
-Repetitive and boring music
-Bland and occasionaly laughable lyrics
-Worst tracks: all others