Sound — 8
I particularly love the sound of this album. But I was a little disappointed at Marc Mcknight's(bass) background screaming. I thought I was the only one to notice this but he sounds like a small child and I really think it throws off the traditional Atreyu sound. That was a bad move for Atreyu in my personal opinion to have Marc do background screams, it just doesn't sound like it fits the songs and my first impression was that they tried too hard to create a new sound. Atreyu did maintain their traditional melodic-metalcore sound on this album, which in fact I was glad to hear; such as their screaming verses and sung choruses, and heavy breakdowns. The guitars sound as good as ever, nothing really new about the distortion and such, and they don't use very many effects or anything like that on this album. But I do like the playing and soloing. The soloing has advanced greatly since The Curse, and they fit the songs well. My last disappointment would be the fact that there are only 9 tracks on the album, but they are solid, strong songs, which isn't too bad. I particularly enjoyed the album but I just couldn't shake the feeling that they could have accomplished alot more than what they presented.
Lyrics — 7
In my opinion I think the lyrics are just as good as the next guy's. Nothing really different from their previous albums. The lyrics are for the most part about getting out of bad relationships and situations and about how whoever the lyrics are about is trying to stand up for themselves. I think it got pretty cheesy and I think they carried out the "beaten-down-and-trying-to-get-back-up" role though, and I think they could have written much better and different stuff this time around as far as lyrics are concerned. Alex Varkatzas' screaming has improved greatly with this album, and he even sings in some songs, something I was very pleasantly surprised to hear. Brandon's singing has stayed the same, which is great as well. It sounds to me like he has reached new ranges, more than the previous albums.
Overall Impression — 7
If it were stolen I would probably just buy The Curse again, sad to say. The album isn't too bad, and it doesn't necessarily "suck", but compared to their previous albums it didn't stand up, and I think that as an Atreyu fan I just expected too much from them. They are truly a great band for their genre, and they did as well as anyone could have thought.