Sound — 10
First things first, the singer / lead guitarist has now just turned 15. Take that into consideration when first listening to this young band (average age is around 19-20) and behold how stellar they are as musicians. Then again, some may see this factor as the selling point and hook to the band - but meh, it's the music they create that should be acknowledged. As expected with a world where production is becoming sharper and cleaner, every instrument sounds tip-top on 'Light From Above'. Every palm-muted guitar riff or squeeling solo is crisp, with the bass rumble not overshadowed by too harshly by the drums. It's pretty easy to pick out everyone playing too. The only problem here is with vocals - some words are hard to pick out but this simply due to Gabriel's style and this probably his choice if anything.
Lyrics — 9
The lyrics are pretty cliche and simplistic throughout. I don't really know how I feel about them, as they're not wonderful but do it for me when set against the music and they each compliment each other well. There are lots of sing-along chorus opportunities (which is always good to me) and you definately won't sit around scratching your head deciphering what particular lyrics mean. A few of the songs are based around warriors and battling and such - like Iron Maiden for example. Some are about girls and just being an angry teenager. So yeah, don't be expecting to find deep lyrics with long words where you'll sit trying to find a meaning. If you like simple, catchy choruses then this will do it for you.
Overall Impression — 10
It's awesome. It's that simple. Air-guitar inducing solos, sing-along chorus and headbanging tunes, it's pretty much THE sort of metal / rock band everyone can openly listen too. It doesn't shut out anyone (unless you're a believer of metal being all hardcore and shit) and is simply a fun little CD I'm in love with right now. If they can keep this up then they'll make it no problems.