But imagine a few of these tunes writ large, and they grow on ya, the little buggers. "Road Rage" is a vaguely amusing, quasi-rap assault on bad drivers that recalls DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince's "You Saw My Blinker, Bitch." The title track sneaks an eerie piano/synth duet into a standard metal-angst hoedown, and "No One Listening" follows a boppy pop chorus with a bongo breakdown. But any histrionic screaming fit kills the mood, and the bizarre, ill-advised, bluesy swamp rock that sneaks into the record's second half doesn't make any thematic sense.
Still, Noise Gate condenses different styles, moods, and concepts onto one disc, and the band never lingers on anything long enough to totally botch it. Set the boys loose in a fortified, industrial-rock studio compound with a Pearl Harbor-sized bankroll, and we'll let 'em scream all they want.