Sound — 9
10 Years has the most beautiful hard rock music I have ever heard. It took 3 years for the band to come out with such a melodic album. "Division" is very raw and emotional, touching upon every feeling possible. Guitar, bass and drum are great on this record. I don't think it sounds too much like their last album, but it's obvious that they have grown from their last record. Like their previous, this album is very dark and melodic; but "Division" packages so much more emotion and the band has stepped out of their comfort zone, specifically on the tracks "Focus" and "Drug Of Choice". Although it is a very emomtive album, it does not lose its power and heavyness.
Lyrics — 8
The lyrics on this album are not as deep as their previous albums in my opinion, but Jesse Hasek has a very creative way of expressing his emotions. His voice binds strong with the music on this record, and the band out done themselves with their melodic tones. The singer has one of the most euphonic voices I have ever heard, and it presents itself strongly on the record; especially on the track "Focus".
Overall Impression — 9
"Actions & Motives" is the perfect song to start off this album, very powerful and ear-catching. The most impressive songs on this album include: "Just Can't Win", "Russian Roulette", "Focus", "Beautiful", "Actions & Movtives" and "Dying Youth" (yes, there are a lot of great songs on this record). However, I am not too fond of the song "So Long, Good-Bye for the simple fact that it is very basic and cliche. But the album does end very beautifully with the six minute track "Proud Of You".