The band rushed to complete the album in time to release the album prior to the 2004 . Presidential Elections in November, just barely a year after their prior release.   Recording sessions ran from late June to early September.  The sessions, largely the work of Howerdel, Keenan, and Freese, contained contributions from past and present members of the band, including Lenchantin, Lohner, White, and Iha.   Keenan, aware of the time constraints and Howerdel's future intentions on doing solo albums, also encouraged Howerdel to contribute lead vocals to about a third of the album.   A wide variety of different songs were chosen to be recorded, from Marvin Gaye 's " What's Going On " to Led Zeppelin 's " When the Levee Breaks ".  Most songs were radical reinterpretations of the original, sometimes unrecognizable compared to the originals.  Howerdel explained that it was done on purpose, to make the song's their own, and conceded that he, as of 2010, still had not even once ever heard the original version of Crucifix 's " Annihilation ", another song re-recorded for the album. 
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