Sound — 4
This CD is as mainstream as it gets. Say hello to the new Avenged Sevenfold. Atreyu has walked the same path and I hope you all kept your copies of "The Curse" and "Suicide Notes and Butterly Kisses" because the Atreyu we once knew is gone and those 2 CDs are they only way your gonna hear the Atreyu you know. This sound was a total let down. Pianos, Acoustic Guitars, etc. Their sound isnt even recognizable. Usually Alex screams and Dan sings. Well now they both sing and it sounds like crap and screaming is nowhere to be found. Basic rhythms that do nothing but make your foot tap are on this CD and it's nothing to "rock out" to. The first single "Becoming the Bull" (I'm sure almost everyone has heard this song) is probably the heaviest song on this album. And that's a joke. 3 or 4 songs are decent at best out of the 11 on this album.
Lyrics — 3
The lyrics have went downhill. Like I said their just mainstream now. Lyrics like "I'm dying tonight", etc are cliche and overused on this album. The combination of Alex's screaming and Dan's singing on previous records was unbeatable. I'm sure we've all heard "Right Side Of The Bed" And "The Crimson" Those are goods example of the screaming/singing mix and it sounded great. Alex no longer screams and that plays a big part in the crappiness of this CD.
Overall Impression — 4
I can't really compare this to any other albums or bands really. Maybe A7X. The best song on this album is definatly "Can't Happen Here" even though the guitar playing is mediocre. there's not too much screaming at all on this album but 90% of the albums screaming is on this song. There are some guitar riffs, solos, etc and some screaming and singing that reminds me off old Atreyu, but hardly any. But the parts that do bring back their old sound make me want to rock out and appreciate this album but the very few decent/good songs don't make up for the rest. Sorry to say. All I have to say is go back to Victory Records Atreyu. Do not buy this if your expecting "The Curse" or Deathgrip. I wouldn't buy this again If I lost it. I wouldn't even download it. I'll just stick with The Curse. Thank you very much. RIP Atreyu.