Here is where the seminal industrial duo would change from an EBM/electro-industrial hybrid to an industrial rock/electro-industrial one. The changes saw the band make marked improvements in catchiness and no loss of intensity, but the layers of electronic and industrial hell that permeated their early records and made them what they were had been stripped back, leaving a barer, more simple sound. They'd eventually learn how to turn this into an undeniable strength, but on Rabies the initial growing pains can be heard. Each of the songs here are pretty cool, but the majority of them also have an idea or a progression that's not fleshed out well enough or just isn't that good to begin with. The base sound remains great and the vocal performance here is as wild as ever, but the album is held back by these imperfections. If those were to have been smoothed out, this album could've been a goldmine rather than just merely good.