Sound — 10
The sound of this band is very different from anything that I've heard before. It sounds a bit futuristic at times. Especially on tracks like Valkyrie Missile & The Adventure. Tom said it himself that the sound of the CD is epic & atmospheric. I think that that explains the sound of this band quite well. They had a very interesting, if not, weird way of making the songs in the album. All of them would go inside a room, & on one side of the room they would stick pictures of the results of war & war itself. On the other side they'd put a huge TV. Then they would sit in the middle of the room & write songs. Tom explained that they did this so that on 1 side of the room they had the mistakes, pain & loss caused by war & on the other side they had emptiness & space. And this really reflects on their music. Since most of their songs are about war & have an atmospheric sound. As I said before, most of their songs sound futuristic & atmospheric. This makes them very original & different from all the other bands out there.
Lyrics — 9
I really wasn't impressed in their lyrics here. As most of them don't seem to make any sense. And those that do make sense seem to always have a connection or reference to war. But I have to say that the lyrics go pretty well with the music. A good example is The Adventure. The song is about looking to the future & moving forward. So they made the song sound really futuristic & spacy. Tom has always had a very unique voice & I have always liked this. I wouldn't say that it's the best voice out there, but I wouldn't say that it's bad either.
Overall Impression — 10
As always, here is my impression on the songs: 01. Valkyrie Missile - from the moment you play the CD, you know that it's going to be good. The 1st time I heard this song, I could only say "wow!" The most impressive intro I've heard, ever! Actually, the longest intro. Running about 3 minutes until the actual song starts. Also very epic & atmospheric. 02. Distraction - the intro of thie song can get a bit annoying. But the lyrics are the highest points of this song. 03. Do It For Me Now - I loved the guitar riff on the beginning of this song. A good example of "futuristic". 04. The Adventure - this is my favourite song. And also the best in the album. Loved the intro riff. Also the most futuristic sounding song in the CD. The chorus is definitely the best part of this song. But the entire song is just awesome. 05. A Little's Enough - the organ in the intro sounds really dark/weird in this song. The song makes up for it though. Good song. In the outro, they brought back the organ. But this time played it to sound atmospheric. 06. The War - very catchy song. Also the hardest song in the album. Tom said that he wanted to make a song that sounds as if soldiers were marching to it. 07. The Gift - this too is one of the best songs in the album. Probably the best chorus I've heard. The bridge & chorus is played with "traditional-african drum" sounding drums. 08. It Hurts - at first I didn't like the intro to this song. But it eventually grew on me. Good Song. About cheating in a relationship. 09. Good Day - the intro is very unique in this song. It starts of with the sound of snapping fingers & a couple of guys whispering. Almost all of the songs in the album have very unique intros. But that's not a bad thing. 10. Start The Machine - it starts of with either a toy piano or a xylophone playing. I'm not really sure. Most of the song is very subtle & simple. But it explodes on the bridge with heavy guitars & drumming. The toy piano/xylophone is definitely the best bit of the song. The outro is also really interesting. All the instruments fade away little by little until only the toy piano/xylophone can be heard. 11. Do It For Me Now (live) - I thought that because this is live, there'd be a couple of differences & improvs. But it still sounds like the original. This is a bad thing since it's just like the original only with Tom speaking in the beginning & screaming fans in the end. I really can't compare this to any other band I've heard. Since they are very original & have a very unique sound. The most impressive songs would have to be Valkyrie Missile, because of the epic intro, and The Adventure. I loved the fact that they tried to be different & created their own sound. As a rule, I never buy the same CD twice if it were lost/stolen. As it is just a waste of money. And I wouldn't care anyway since I have it in my computer. But even though it were stolen, I'd still hit the guy in the neck with a bat. I couldn't blame him anyway. Since it is a good CD.