Sound — 10
As for the production of this album, it's flawless. All instruments are clearly audible when they need to be. The production manages to balance the heavy with the ambient and all in all, the band and their engineer didn't make any bad moves. The honesty and skillful execution is an example to others attempting to pen albums of the same scope.
Lyrics — 8
I will not even try to engage in a proper lyrical analysis for this album. The language at first glance is not overly rich, but the subtle nuances and metaphors are very cleverly written. A less seasoned reader might dismiss the lyrics as gibberish, but yours truly find them to be very refreshing. We are dealing with social criticism, but very subtly implemented. The vocal melodies accompanying the lyrics are also not your standard fare. All in all, refreshing.
Overall Impression — 10
For this particular album, the progressive rock/metal tag is one of the most ill-fitting ones I've penned. But the thing is with this album is that is spans so many genres and influences that frankly it'd take up half the review listing just them. A short summary of the many influences I can hear are: technical playing a-la Dream Theater, progressive, soft soundscapes in the vein of Pink Floyd, hardcore vocals, death metal and to round it all off, some very Beatles-esque melodies. Clocking in at 64 minutes, it's quite a piece to take in. This is not easy listening, and if you prefer your rock/metal straight up like AC/DC, then this is not your band.
The album is littered with brutal breakdowns and some captivating melodies. Perhaps the most beautiful of them all is the main melody of Ants Of The Sky, which amusingly enough does it's last tour of duty after what sounds like a regular night out at the local Irish pub. Part of the charm lies in the execution of these unexpected sections, but what's most important is that the charm doesn't fade with time. The honesty and skillful execution is an example to others attempting to pen albums of the same scope. With only a few months remaining of 2007, Colors is so far the best of the year.