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More than the sum of its parts?,
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I don't normally break down albums by track, but I think it's useful for this album:
1: Obligatory intro track. Meh.
2 thru 5: What you expect from ITM. Maria singing and screaming, heavy guitars and drums, good stuff in general. There's a touch of electronic sound here, which adds depth without being too much. Songs are darker than usual for ITM, with a lot of lyrics focused on sex and lust. I like how it's all still recognizable as ITM but not just a rehash of what they've done previously. Not sure it's as excellent as their best from other albums, though - if nothing they seem a bit repetitive at times, like they could use one more verse or solo and one less repeat of the refrain. Still very good, though.
6: Filler. But also kind of a transition, and with Maria whispering dirty things, so it's not a total loss.
7, 8: Slower, less heavy and more atmospheric. Not what you'd expect, but AMAZING. 'Scarlet' is easily my surprise hit of the album. Okay, it's not very metal, but it's worth the listening.
9: More filler? Okay, ITM, you're starting to try my patience.
10: More upbeat, not as heavy as 2-5, but good.
11: Similar to 7 and 8, and also very good.
12-14: Nothing here worked for me. 12 is heavy but doesn't feel complete, like it's half a finished song that they padded to fill the album. 13 and 14 are obligatory slow songs. That's not a bad thing, a lot of bands do them and ITM's are usually very good, but these are too slow, don't build to much of a payoff, and 14 almost puts you to sleep. Not a good way to go out.
So, yeah, worth 4/5 from me. When it's good it's very good, better than a lot of what's out there and as good as anything ITM's done before. But there's a lot of filler and a lot that doesn't work. If you like ITM or metal in general, give it a try. You probably won't like every moment from end to end, but there's at least a few songs in here that everyone can love.