Filter can be mighty proud of the 12 songs that constitute The Amalgamut. There is plenty for hard-rockers and punks to dig into: the angry, ranting "Columind"; the tortured dialogue of "My Long Walk

Filter can be mighty proud of the 12 songs that constitute The Amalgamut. There is plenty for hard-rockers and punks to dig into: the angry, ranting "Columind"; the tortured dialogue of "My Long Walk to Jail"; and the defiant shout of "Motherfucker!" that leads off the rip-roaring fury of the Rage Against the Machine-inflected "So I Quit." What's most impressive is how the quartet does a complete 180° turn from the tear-the-house-down roars of guitar to offer a song like "God Damn Me," a wonderful lament that could match the success of the band's most recent hit, "Take a Picture"; that is, if radio programmers can handle the track's title. Such midtempos are beautifully executed, however, and such diverse material may make Filter's audience wonder just how to musically categorize the band. But an album can certainly have worse quirks.—CLT