After the comeback smash „Tempo Of The Damned“ it actually looked quite good for the Bay Area dinosaurs but quite a lot of line-up changes made the new album a pretty dubious issue prior to the release. But far wrong! Gary Holt proves once again that he´s still one of the best thrash songwriters who are around today. Apart from the rather weak opener „Raze“, from „Shovel Headed Kill Machine“ on, one neck-breaker is followed by another and the songs can easily keep up with the ones on the predecessor. With Rob Dukes they could engage a singer who isn´t nearly as polarizing as Steve Souza but will delight all Pantera fans.