Sound — 10
Avenged Sevenfold's sound on this album is quite impressive. Although it sounds nothing like Waking the Fallen or City of Evil, the sound is still awesome. There are only two solo's on this album, "To End The Rapture" which Synyster Gates does, and "Warmness On The Soul" which Zacky Vengeance does. Both are awesome solo's, especially Synyster's, which he taps the last half of it. The Reverend goes pretty crazy on this album, my favorite track with some awesome drum patterns in my opinion would have to be "Darkness Surrounding." During the song, the guitars kind of fade away and the bass is playing the rhythm and the rev is just going crazy, it's amazing! The guitar's sound awesome on this album, they have a nice crunch in their sound, and they have some awesome riffs in their songs. Also, like said above, you couldn't hear the bass that much unless the drums were playing only or there was a bass solo lick.
Lyrics — 10
I'm not the type of person who pays attention to the lyrics much or tries to understand what they are saying, but when it comes to Avenged Sevenfold, I must understand what they are saying. They have some very meaningful stuff, although the lyrics aren't as good as WtF or CoE, they are still powerful. His screams are bone chilling and his singing is powerful and melodic. I personally think he is one of the best singers of our time.
Overall Impression — 10
overall this album is amazing! Some of my favorite tracks would have to be "To End The Rapture", "Darkness Surrounding", "Lips Of Deceit", "Warmness On The Soul", "Thick And Thin", and "Shattered By Broken Dreams." Buy this album! you will not be disappointed! It is truly a one-of-a-kind album!