Sound — 8
Abandon All Ships' sound has managed to change somewhat from their first two releases, with keyboards becoming just as prevalent as the guitars. The band has also managed to add in elements of hip-hop into a couple of songs (mostly noticeable on the albums first single "Infamous" featuring A-Game. While A-Game's contribution was listenable it was quite unnecessary. The other big change in sound is Martin Broda's vocal contributions. Not only is he singing almost as often as frontman Angelo Aita is screaming (Martin also took over lead vocals for the song "August") but in a few song's his voice has less autotune on a couple of songs. The biggest change in the band's sound would have to be the guitar work, and while not quite as heavy, Abandon All Ships' new guitarist Daniel Ciccotelli has done quite well considering he is filling the shoes of 2 exceptional guitarists (Daniel was initially the replacement for lead guitarist Kyler Browne, and took over all guitar duties when Andrew Paiano was fired from the band a while later).
Lyrics — 7
The songwriting has gotten a little bit lackluster compared to their first full length release (2010's "Geeving") but the combination of both singer's very different vocal presentations mixes together seemlessly. I should also point out that frontman Angelo Aita has improved his vocal range from their previous releases. While it is still uncommon to have 2 vocalists in a band (though it's not as rare as it used to be) Abandon All Ships makes it work quite well (though I can imagine it gets frustrating during the recording process, especially since this band is known for being headstrong at times.
Overall Impression — 7
Overall there is little change from their previous work. But in some cases that is not really a bad thing for this band considering that this combination of music has not been done too often yet. I do really enjoy everything about this album and this band and I would buy this album again if need be. My only major criticism is that Abandon All Ships needs to come up with longer songs (I'd like to see them become headliners but you can't do it with only an hour's worth of music in your discography). The best songs on this album are: "Good Old Friend", "August", and "Brothers For Life".