Sound — 8
I don't know about you, bit I kind of hate to see a band get big. But it's usually for a reason. Chiodos is no exception. Bone Palace Ballet is a worthy follow up to Alls Well that Ends Well. Alls Well was sort of your typical metalcore CD, with a couple of unique parts. This CD is a monster all it's own and it's unlike anything I've heard. I have to admit, I was dissapointed when I first illegally downloaded the CD, but then it grew on me, and I went and bought it. This album is more theatrical and not as heavy as their last album. String sections and piano play almost non-stop. The heaviest part of the CD is on "Bulls Make Money (Bears make money, blah the title is too long) and they turned the volume of the guitar down for that. I was really hoping for another Alls Well, but I was foolish for hoping so.
Lyrics — 9
Just like the last album, Shakespeares quotes appear in the music. Actually, the only time I've caught it is on the amazing final track "Undertaker". I love the part where he screams "All the world's a stage!". The lyrics the band wrote themselves are awesome too. Just listen to any track. Craig's voice has gotten alooooot better too. I thought he was good on Alls Well, but he is amazing here. It's hard to sing along though. "I Didn't Say I Was Powerful, I Said I Was A Wizard" has sort of cliche lyrics, in my opinion.
Overall Impression — 9
Overall, it's not Alls Well that Ends Well. But it's something great. It's completely unique and you should buy it. I love the album artwork too, that's one of the reasons I went out and purchased an actual CD. I hate how this album is very poppy though. I mean, it sounds awesome, but there is only one part that is anywhere near "metal". Jason said he wanted to add more metal, where the hell did it go? The lead guitar is also very good too, especially on Lexington. I also noticed, Chiodos wrote more songs like "verse-chorus-verse-chorus-bridge chorus" etc. Alls Well wasn't like that. I love every single song except for I love every song, but special props go to the song "Life is A Perception Of Your Own Reality" because it's so cheerful, and if you really listen, it inspires you, like it did me. Great job Chiodos.