The real tension, therefore, is between inclusion and interiority. Trash Talk comes from the exceedingly dogmatic and rigorous world of hard-core, but has widened its appeal, even as it’s largely kept its sound intact. 119 though, suggests this group’s version of Metallica’s self-titled 1991 crossover album (sometimes called The Black Album), which is the release that took that band from kings of a small world to ambassadors to a bigger world and, to some, traitors.
That album sold 15 million copies; this one won’t. But it’s still an eye-opening document of a wise, private group beginning to learn how to be porous and starting to let the outside in — only to assault it with resentment and hope, but still.
— JON CARAMANICA, NY Times News Service