Sound — 7
When I first heard this band I admit I didn't like them too much. They have an awesome guitar tone but the monotone screaming was boring to me. Then I saw them live and I was amazed at the amount of energy they put into their set, so I gave them a 2nd chance. I bought this CD and gave it a listen. First off all this isn't metal but rather hardcore which is a style I'm not used to. The drums are fairly good with lots of good double-bass usage. The guitars are really crunchy. Probably tuned down to drop-b I would say. The guitars use a lot of alternate picking with triplets and palm mutes and an unusual sense of chords which to me sounds pretty original. The bass is mostly playing root notes from what I can tell but not too bad if it can keep up with the drums and guitars. The screaming is what lets me down. Granted the vocalist is very talented and clearly has technique down, but his voice just isn't fitting to me. Live it blended in really well for some reason but on CD it just doesn't fit. This band is definately a live band.
Lyrics — 7
Wow it's really hard to understand any of the lyrics. But after reading them and listening to music while reading the lyrics you discover that they're fairly well put together and overall portray a sense of aggressiveness that fits the harsh tone and mood provided by the msuic.
Overall Impression — 7
Overall I'm glad I purchased the cd. "The Color of Money" and "Magnolia" are definately the best tracks on the CD and are the cd's only singles as well. The cool thing is that the song titles were named after Tom Cruise movies which shows the band likes to be fun as well. That or they are Tom Cruise fans. This is their 2nd CD and the follow up CD is also available titled "Beauty And The Breakdown." I'd say if you're looking for some really aggressive music to mosh to then give this band a listen.