Sound — 9
The songs vary greatly on the album, making it great. You have your hardcore and rocking songs such as Catamaran and Antwan, and then your not so hardcore rocking songs suck as Baraga Embankment. These guys have a very wide spectrum of influences which really shows in their music. Some of the CDs have a sticker on the front that says "for fans of Modest Mouse, The Mars Volta and Q And Not U" and that couldn't be more accurate. But also, anyone with the slightest interest in rock and/or punk would probably taking a liking to this album.
Lyrics — 10
The lyrics can be quite cryptic. Theyre like poetry with lines that dont relate much to the last, but manage quite nicely, think of At The Drive-in, or Q And Not U. They can be somewhat complex, but they can also be interesting. The singer, Marc Paffi, yells his lungs out in some songs like none other (end of Antwan, Heard Iron Bug), which I can understand some not liking, and in others he can sing normally and harmonize quite nicely.
Overall Impression — 10
These guys have a really incredible sound. Are they original? Maybe yes, maybe no. They credit their influences a little too much, but to me sound nothing like them. And I am also a fan of most of their influencing bands, so I would know. They have a punk rock sound, but it's their own. Some might confuse them with screamo, but they're not. Screaming and yelling are two different things. It is most definatley a love or hate situation when it comes to listening to this album. For the rocker, punk or anyone who likes energetic, yet intelligent music, this is a must-have.