Sound — 8
When listening to the record disregard the fact the this is a side project of Matt Tuck of Bullet For My Valentine listen to it with "open eyes" so to speak this is AxeWound. The sound of this record is heavy in your face music. Best way to describe their sound is if Slipknot and Pantera had a child. Track by Track: 01. "Vultures": By far the most disappointing track on the record (not saying it's bad just disappointing). I expected more from this track seeming as how its the title track and Synyster Gates wrote the solo. Vocally not to impressive. It does have have cool riff's and drums, but its not really a memorable track. 02. "Post Apocalyptic Party": This track is weird. It goes from complete heavy in your face to a little clean section back to the in your face then a unnecessary breakdown. The breakdown goes on for to long should be cut down instead of a 1:15 breakdown to at most a 30 second breakdown. It is very catchy vocal wise which is what saves this track. 03. "Victim Of The System": Okay now this track has some cool sh-t going on in it. The drumming in the intro is pretty cool and the guitar is pretty sick all the way through. This track is a pretty killer track all around vocals guitar and drums. 04. "Cold": By far the worst track on the record. Its not even that it's a bad track it's just so out of place from all the other music. Its just out of place. Guitar is pretty heavy and vocals are heavy till chorus. 05. "Burn Alive": Starts of a little to slow but it picks up really quick. This is one of those tracks that is very catchy and very heavy at the same time. The drums on this track are pretty freaking awesome and the guitars are just in your face the whole song. Vocally its pretty in your face and the chorus is pretty catchy. 06. "Exochrist": This song is one of the best tracks on the record. It's intro is epic and the riffing is epic and memorable. The combination of the drums and guitar fit the vocals perfectly. Great song its really surreal. 07. "Collide": Kinda a weird track to talk about. It's heavy and soft at the same time. Starts off with a piano but when the guitars come in the song just gets weird. This is a track you'd have to listen to for yourself. Its a good track overall. 08. "Destroy": Okay this is a good example of the "Pantera Slipknot child". Its guitars and drums are just epic and vocally insane. The song is awesome and the vocals are probably one of the best parts of this song. It has that 80's metal thing going on but modernized. Second best track on the record. 09. "Blood Money And Lies": Best track on the record fast and heavy and the best example of the "Pantera Slipknot child" it has amazing guitar parts and the drums flow with the track, the vocals are pretty stellar and are flowing with this track as well. 10. "Church Of Nothing": this ones another one of those bad ass tracks on a record. It starts out with drums then a cool little bass part and then guitar comes in. Pretty cool riffing but the chorus is kinda iffy but its solid. The riffing is what save this song and keeps it afloat.
Lyrics — 8
Overall the lyrics are decent however some tracks stand out like "Church Of Nothing", "Blood Money And Lies", "Destroy", and "Exochrist". Songs they weren't so good on were "Cold", "Vultures", "Post Apocalyptic Party" and "Collide" (well "Collide" is good lyrically but it's just not as creative as the other tracks). Liam's screams fill every song and are more understandable than your average screamer and fits the songs I couldn't see anyone else screaming these tracks. Matt's singing fits when it applies. "Exochrist" is a track where his vocals are just awesome and the screaming is awesome. "Destroy" is another track with awesome lyrics "so now the time has come to kiss your a-s goodbye" the way its whispered is just stellar and is one of the many things that make that track stick out. "Blood Money And Lies" has an awesome scream part where Liam screams "f--k you, f--k me, f--k everything" and it's just brutal. "Church Of Nothing" has some pretty awesome moments lyrically such as "we're all dead in the eyes of the lord".
Overall Impression — 8
This record is an amazing record and every song on the record is a great song not one song is horrible, their is some bad tracks but no horrible. Matt Tuck wasn't lying when he said it's a heavy record. If my physical copy was broken or lost and I couldn't find it I would absolutely buy another copy because this record is so surreal.