Starting off their second collaborative album with a heavier-than-life version of the Alice Cooper cult classic, "Halo of Flies," an intricate tune that alternately slithers and crushes, Jello Biafra and The Melvins then proceed to treat us to a completely different extended take of their tune "The Lighter Side of Global Terrorism." With the first two harrowing tracks clocking in at over fifteen minutes - this is not what you'd expect from a Jello record - steering into a more Melvinoid direction, but remaining distinctly separate from anything easily definable - far from a mishmash or outtakes collection.
Through the course of the album the band erupts with colors of its respective players in turns. Biafra's spleen-venting rants "Voted off the Island" and "Those Dumb Punk Kids (Will Buy Anything)" are amongst his most acerbic and the Melvins' cathartic drum and guitar workouts pummel brilliantly through "Lessons in What Not to Become" and the septic all bass-chug of Kevin Rutmanis and Buzzo that anchors "Wholly Buy Bull." Of course, the cherry on top is Jello and the lads ripping through a new, updated version of "Kalifornia Über Alles."
The album's remaining remixed tracks serve to deepen the impression that what has been created throughout the course of this collaboration is the work of a band - a band whose songs have enough depth to remain interesting in new and sonic environs. Dalek's chilling reworking of "Dawn of the Locusts" brings the song into a completely different light, and Al Jourgensen's (Ministry) take on "Enchanted Thoughtfist" is so cold and almost new-wave-y that it works brilliantly. Then the fresh new tag-team Deaf Nephews (Dale Crover and Toshi, the album's engineer) reshape "Caped Crusader" into a disturbing cartoon version of itself to round out the record.