Sound — 10
With gut-wrenching vocals, solid riffs, blasting double bass, intelligent breakdowns, and catchy lines, emo/screamo fans will not be disappointed when they pop this bad boy into their CD players. This album features the harder songs, such as "Alchemy Sounded Good At The Time", and it also includes a softer ballad entitled "The Third Temptations Of Paris." If your in the mood for hardcore screamo, or a softer side of emo, Alesana defintley delivers it with, On Frail Wings Of Vanity And Wax.
Lyrics — 9
Lets face it, Shawn Mike is deffintley one of the best vocalist in emo music today. With an impressive high pitched, whiney voice that goes perfect for their music. Then we have Dennis on main vocals, who is an impressive screamer, and when Shawn and Dennis sing together, it's a perfect combination that just melts together in the mic. Alesanas lyrics are very impressive, this is where they show the "emo" side of their music, with their very heartfelt lyrics. Here is a quote from the song, "Congratulations, I Hate You". "As you build your dreams, on my shattered hopes, I'll look back on, a day once loved, and fantasize for tragedy, Swallow your pride." They're defintley fantasic.
Overall Impression — 9
The most impressive songs on this CD are: Neros Decay (which has a very lovely guitar harmony at the beginning), Congratulations, I Hate You (very emotional lyrics, and really expresses their vocals), Alchemy Sounded Good At The Time (amazing breakdowns, and features clips from the film Full Metal Jacket). This album is just amazing, you should defintley pick it up, if your into the band, or even if your not.