Sound — 10
Chiodos is a hardcore band fronted by one of my favorite singers, Craig Owens. The band actually got their name from the movie directors called the Chiodos Bros. Craig's singing is sweet. Jason's guitar playing is great and more complicated than most guitar parts in modern music. Pat's rhytym guitar is great, with nice chord shifts. Matt is a sweet bassist, and you can actually hear the bass loud and clear, which is usually a rarity in modern rock. Brad makes sweet effects on his keyboard and adds some beatiful melodies to mix up the heavy songs, and Derrick has some very nice and original drumming ideas, although the heavy use of cymbals can get annoying. Overall, Chiodos has an amazing sound, and they rocked my socks in concert.
Lyrics — 9
Craig Owens is one of the best singers I have ever heard. His voice is beatiful and high-pitched, but he can also make some awesome, brutal screams. Honestly, you wouldn't believe it's the same guy singing and screaming. The lyrics are the typical emo fare of lost love and crazy women, although one song(all nereids beware) is about being lost at sea. The only problems are the song titles usually have absolutely nothing to do with what the song is actually about, and Craig can sometimes hit bad notes when he goes back from screaming to singing. However, Craig is still one of my favorite singers ever.
Overall Impression — 10
In my opinion, this album is much better than "Bone Pallace Ballet", although that one is good too. My favorite songs are "All Nerieds Beware", "Expired in Goreville", "There's No Penguins In Alaska", "No Hardcore Dancing In The Living Room", and "To Trixie and Reptile, Thanks for Everything", but all songs are great. I love Craig's amazing voice and how the band can easily play so many different genres of rock in one song. If it was stolen or lost, it wouldn't matter because I have the songs on my ipod, but I would probally buy a new copy anyway.