Despite having well and truly checked out of the Dark Carnival / ICP world by the time this dropped, upon returning for a re-listen I am surprised by how entertaining this actually is. Let’s get the brass tacks in place: this (and any of the other cards in the second deck) are never gonna be as good as anything in the first deck. ICP made a conscious decision, Mike E Clark or no, to go in a different direction than the hip hop focussed sound they purveyed in the 90s. And yes, that has resulted in some absolute stinkers for albums, but Bang! Pow! Boom! is not one of them.