Sound — 8
This is one of the greatest death metal albums ever written. Truly a classic. As always the tracks are brutal assault on your ears. However, you may want to boost your trebles or else you'll end up with a thick distorted mess. The title track "Are You Dead Yet?" is a monumental song. The story behind this powerful title is "When life is crappy, you can get depressed, or tell yourself, I'm not dead yet".
Lyrics — 9
The lyrics are very aggressive, they get the adrenaline pumping. Most of the lyrics are about empowerment such as "In Your Face" which says "It's my world, you're in it, it'll take you down in a minute!". The lyrics match the music in brutality and complexity. Children of Bodom really outdid themselves with this album.
Overall Impression — 9
This album is much better than anything I've heard by Arch Enemy or In Flames. Children of Bodom totally smashed anything any deathmetal band has written to bits with this album. The absolute cream of the crop are the songs "In Your Face", "Are You Dead Yet?" and "Punch Me I Bleed". They are strong songs that convey the "meaning of Children of Bodom" very powerfully. That is not to say that all the other songs aren't good, almost all of them are amazing, the only song I would have taken off is "Somebody Put Something In My Drink". It is a mess of a bonus track, I personally think it was a gimmick for album sales. If I lost the album I would buy a CoB DVD/Box set. This album really turned me on to this monstrous band.