Sound — 8
Having been through several lineup changes in the past four and a half years, obviously Instinct sounds unlike it's predecessor Allegiance. "Triumph", the intro track, starts off very much in your face, and sets the tone for the record. The album is very much a metalcore album, and does not offer much variety. "Legacy" picks up where "Triumph" leaves off, and while it is an enjoyable track, does not offer much new to the CD, other than a fairly decent guitar solo. "Resist", my personal favorite, has a catchy main riff which keeps the listener hooked throughout the song. "Angel City Gamble" doesn't stand out too much, but the drum work on it is quite nice. "Tribulations" is an interlude track featuring some string and piano work, and is the only break in the album. The transition from "Tribulations" to "Divided" isn't well done, but "Divided" is a decent song. I quite like the riffs in "King of Thieves"; the riffs are the high point of the second half of the CD to me. The solo is quite nice, too. "In Honor" doesn't stand out at all, really. "Instinct" serves as a nice ending track to the album, and tops it off well, with some guitar solos and more decent riffs, not to mention the cool bass section.
Lyrics — 9
The lyrics are quite unique in that they address growing up and developing, as opposed to the normal topics metal bands tend to use. The singer has a decent voice; As Blood Runs Black chose the right guy to replace their old singer. His voice fits nicely with the music and is an essential part of the album.
Overall Impression — 8
Albeit being a decent album, Instinct does not hold a candle to Allegiance. The climax of the album comes within the first couple of songs, and pretty much continues on downhill from there. The songs start to run together towards the end of the album, however, it is well worth a listen or two if you are an As Blood Runs Black fan.