So, here we have it. The worst elements of two bands watered down and limply performed for the sole purpose of selling records, which it will, but not if I can help it. This [stinks], really [stinks]. There is nothing good about this record. Every song is slow and painfully drawn out with no surprises to be had. There are quite a few guitar solos featured on this disc which are utterly laughable in there simplicity. Any kid with a guitar could have done the same thing. For those of you who are familar with the Rage stuff you will be amazed that these plodding, pointless tunes are the best these guys could come up with. [Heck], even the song titles are uninspired, "Like A Stone", "Exploder", "Bring Em Back Alive", etc., give me a break. While the collaboration of these veterans sounded lame on premise the results put to tape and released by the money hungry folks at Epic AND Interscope are ridiculous. This whole thing should have been aborted after the first 30 minutes of practice together. But no, they stuck together and spent years, really YEARS on this junk. If you happen to come across a copy of this the lyrics (all by Chris Cornell), are good for a chuckle. They read like an angst ridden 7th grader's poetry notebook and are full of vague references to creative topics like the sun, highways, setting things on fire and Jesus. Oh yeah, all the artwork is as bad as the music. It's really too bad that a -5 isn't available for these reviews because that's where Audioslave belongs.