Sound — 9
This CD is great! The only song on here I don't care for is Flash of the Blade (which is an Iron Maiden cover). Synyster Gates and Zacky Vengance have really outdone theirselfs on this CD. The riffs are awesome and in your face,and the solos are mind blowing! "Girl I Know"(Track 2)is probably the best song on their. "Demons" and "Crossraods" are also great,But of course it is A7X. This CD has more of a hard rock feel to it unlike their last one,Self Titled,Which leaned more on the metal side.
Lyrics — 8
The lyrics, much like the guitars, are amazing! "Girl I Know" has awesome lyrics and really gives you a good idea about the girl he is singing about. The singing blends sooo well with the heavier riffs, such as "Crossroads". M. Shadows has an amazing talent and a very wide vocal range. It's a shame that he damaged his voice though, which leads to the screamless songs on all their CD's past "Waking The Fallen".
Overall Impression — 10
In a nutshell, this is a great album! I wouldn't say it's their best,but it is pretty close to it! The most impressive song would probably have to be "Girl I Know". The singing is great, the lyrics are great,the guitars are great (and just about impossible to play), and even the drums and bass kick you @$$ too! The next best would be "Crossroads",then "Demons",followed by "The Fight". I could go on to name the rest but I better wrap this up. If I was to have this stolen or lost I would definately buy it again!