Sound — 8
The sound on Mer de Noms (Sea of Names in French) is a little bit heavier than the sound on 13th Step. The album is set up in a strange way. It is almost like everyother track is a different song. One song will be melodic while the one after it is nice and heavy :). All 4 elements have been touched: drums,guitar,bass,and voice.
Lyrics — 10
Okay everyone thinks that Maynard James Keenan writes the lyrics for APC. Maynard doesn't. The guitarest and the heart of the band Billy Howerdel does. For all of those years hes been the guitar manager for T00l has finally paid of by writing these dark lyrics. I say dark because of the words he uses but I think they have a posotive message in them.
Overall Impression — 10
Compared to 13th Step this album is more "complete." The album was about 4 years in the making. It really paid off though. APC's debut is an album that is next to impossible to get tired of.