Sound — 10
The instruments in the songs, to me, are amazing. I love the sound of the guitars/bass and the drums together. The beats are breakdowns are very catchy and the screaming is perfect. Alesana has really written some great songs for this new album. Also, it is obvious that their writing and musical abilities have improved since their last album.
Lyrics — 6
Although the lyrics on their last album, On Frail Wings of Vanity and Wax, were better, the lyrics of the new album are still very clever and well written. The screaming is all amazing and very unique as well as understandable. Especially with four screamers. What I do not like are the clean vocals. In nearly every song they are out of tune. I personally think that on an album, they should be nearly perfect. They are not very refined at all, but more raw and at times even make me cringe because the notes are obviously flat. That is one MAJOR disappointment on the album. Especially since it should be studio quality and also their second studio album.
Overall Impression — 8
Many say there are too many "cookie cutter" emo bands but for me, I take each song and appreciate them for what they are. Alesana is a very good band and aside from the awful and out of tune clean vocals, come far above many bands. Obviously the clean vocals are disappointing but there is nothing we can do. My favorite song is This Is Usually The Part Where People Scream. The intro guitar and screaming is awesome.