Let me demystify this album. "Stranger in the Mirror" is about a dude who can't recognize himself anymore because he's made bad decisions. "End of My Rope" is about a guy who's at his wit's end. "No Apologies" is about how you shouldn't apologize for yourself—even if you have made mistakes. Such hard-hitting narratives blend with heavy melodic rock so produced that you could get more flavor out of bowl of unseasoned instant grits.
Trapt's 2003 hit "Headstrong" can be heard on pro-wrestling, NHL and motocross video games, and it's the theme for "WWE Bad Blood 2003." But if you haven't really given the band a good listen because you were to busy kicking the crap out of your virtual opponent, here's what you're missing out on: paint-by-numbers guitar hooks and Chris Taylor Brown's angsty vocals, the latter of which is about as believable as Samuel L. Jackson's shark death in Deep Blue Sea.
Lead guitarist Robb Torres has the skills to knock out some crisp solos, and, despite cheesy lyrics, there's nothing saying this band couldn't have double downed on the sound and made a truly driving metal album. Of course, as a product for listeners who really don't care about ruffling feathers, it'll do just fine.
Trapt plays the Wilma Theatre Saturday, Nov. 27, at 7:30 PM. $22/$20 advance.