Sound — 10
I love the way they sound. They have very good melodys in all of there songs with plenty of breakdowns that just bring the music together. Their guitarists are always together and never miss a beat and I have to say that they have some of the craziest, fastest music around. If you don't believe me, find a live video and watch their guitarists and listen to the bass drum. I swear your mouth will drop open.
Lyrics — 9
There lyrics are extremely well though out. I'm not exactly sure how they relate to Christianity because the band is listed as christian metal. The vocals always stay on top of the music and goes well with it, and the singing is great. I'm not sure if they used a different backup singer than they did with their last album but it's a big improvement.
Overall Impression — 10
I could not compare As I Lay Dying to any other artist. When I heard the song "Confined" before the album's release, I had to pre-order it. It was so amazing that I couldn't stand to just think about how good the other songs would be. If I lost it, I would cry, and then be happy again cause I'm smart enough to make CD copys just in case that does happen.