Sound — 10
Breaking Benjamin. Now how they keep managing to top their previous album I don't know. As almost everyone knows, the title "Phobia" comes from Mr. Burnley's Sociophobia, and fear of flying. In this new album the guitarists take a step down to drop A#/Bb tuning. As well, with their "new" drummer, Chad Szeliga, who does an amazing job, they show even more evolution with their sound.
Lyrics — 10
The lyrics on these songs are by far the best BB lyrics ever. I got this feeling from "Forget It" and "So Cold" that they were heading in a good direction. Some of the moest powerful lyrics are such as "Put me to sleep Evil Angel, Why Can't I breath, Evil Angel?" Every song sent a chill up my spine with how Ben delivers the vocals, and even again with what he says. Ben gives a sort of new sound to BB with Phobia. You'll notice he isnt screaming as much as, say, Sugarcoat, or Believe. This album could have easily fit in with Wish I May, Forget it, Simple Design, and many other of their massive hits.
Overall Impression — 10
I love how I can say every song on the album is a favorite. However, the ones that truly do stand out the most are Until the End, Evil Angel, and Here We Are. What I love about it are how the vocals/lyrics are so powerful, and for once in BB history the percussion is unique in every song (I disliked how Hummel used the same double base technique, giving a repetitive sound). You can really hear the bass in the songs, and how Mark keeps the bass doing it's own thing, rather than following the basic root notes. Of course I would buy this album again if it were stolen. Hell I burned it on my mp3 player but I'd still buy it again.