Sound — 10
This is probably one of the most unique albums I've heard in a long time. It has this dark atmosphere about it, yet it still brings so much thought and clarity to the listeners. The members of 10 Years didn't try to sound like everyone else, they seemed to create they're only personal sound, and even though many of the guitar riffs are simplistic they fit their unique style perfect.
Lyrics — 10
Their singer is amazing: such power, such range, such emotion. It blew me away the first time I heard their first single "Wasteland" before they were signed to a major label. So many times I heard vocalists, and lyrics out of "up and coming" bands and just sounded like the same shit over and over. However, with these guys, I was smacked in the face with something completely different. The lyrics are so poetic. And although they seem to be sometimes vauge, they have so much depth to them it's almost unbelievable. Everytime I read their lyrics it's like reading a poetry, many lines and phrases containing 3 or less words. I sometimes find it hard to know what they're saying, but I love that, I love the unknown meaning in the lyrics, it keeps me coming back for more and more, hoping to learn something new.
Overall Impression — 9
I love this album. It's one of the most unique things I've heard in a long time. It's a great refreshing memory of what it's like to hear something almost completely new and yet still brilliant. I particularly enjoy the songs "Prey", "The Recipe", "Through The Iris", and "Seasons To Cycles". I love I think every track on the album, but these ones I can always listen to, over and over. The guitar progression in the intro and chorus of "Prey" is awesome. "The Recipe" has some of the best vocal delivers on the album. "Through The Iris" has some powerful moments that give me those great chills up and down my spine. Finally "Seasons To Cycles" really shows that the band has multiple dimensions in their music. It's not just rock, or metal, or whatever you want to classify it as, it's music, it's emotion. The only thing I don't like is some of the instrumental stuff. That is my only complaint. Sometimes the instrumental segments dont' really seem to fit, they should just be a whole different song with lyrics. I could be because I listen to instrumental stuff that has lead guitar work over it. However, these instrumentals have a very "pink floyd" feel to them, with the ambient noises, and chord progressions, and other such things. All in all, a phenomal CD.