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Balzac's unpronounceable fourth album is a satisfyingly more bad-ass affair than their previous works, with most songs taking on a heavier and more aggressive, almost hardcore punk tone that's no longer so reminiscent of the Misfits, or is at least confined to the other band's 'Earth A.D.' period, without being as good. There are still some minor examples of studio trickery such as film samples and a strange lapse into a piano rendition of what sounds like Xavier Cugat's 'Brazil' at the conclusion of the title track, but for the most part this is straight-up punk rock with less focus on gimmicks and more on the intensity of the performance. Unfortunately, the material itself doesn't really hold up to scrutiny.
This isn't a bad album, but it's distinctly average and it can't be a good thing when the major track to stand out, 'Day the Earth Caught Fire,' is a re-make of earlier material. 'Maybe the Future' will satisfy those who enjoyed the previous album's lighter and more melodic style, while the rest even approaches the level of Rancid and other contemporary punk acts based in the classic style, but ultimately this fails to make a mark and if anything, only serves to prove that Balzac without the make-up and costumes is really nothing to get excited about.
1. While I Await My Second Death
2. Day the Earth Caught Fire
3. Unvarnished Facts
4. Zennou-Naru Musuu-No Me Ha Shi Wo Yubi Sasu
5. Hands of 9 Evils
6. Blood Bath = Blood Mind
7. Teenage Vampire 49
8. The End of the Century
9. To Kill Your Master
10. Break F**kin' Yourself
11. Into the Light of the 13 Dark Night
12. Maybe the Future