Sound — 9
I think they softened up a little with this album, compared to the first one, "All's Well That Ends Well". But, that's not to say that it isn't good. It could be a lot better though. There are still a lot of great guitar riffs and solos by Jason Hale. The drummer, Derrick Frost, has also improved a lot. It even has some cool bass riffs if you listen for them. At first I was a little disappointed with it, but I think my expectations were pretty high. Overall it is a good album. Definitely worth buying if you like Chiodos.
Lyrics — 8
Craig Owens, lead vocals of Chiodos, wrote a similar style of lyrics for this album. The last album had lyrics that told stories of monsters, romance, betrayal, murder, and a number of things. This album also has lyrics that tell of romance, horror, betrayal, self-pity, and a variety. The lyrics blend well with the music and overall have a good sound. Craig has also improved his singing skills, along with screaming, which can be a bit bad at times though. As for Bradley Bell, he has definitely improved in all areas. His singing is much better on this album. His screaming is amazing on this album and is indubidoubly better.
Overall Impression — 10
This album is a lot different from "All's Well That Ends Well". It is less metal and has more of a rock opera sound to it. Less screaming but it's still got quite a bit. The drummer, Derrick Frost, has definitely kicked it up a bit, on some songs such as "The Undertaker's Thirst For Revenge Is Unquenchable (The Final Battle)" and "If I Cut My Hair, Hawaii Will Sink." Jason Hale and Pat McManaman still have a lot of good riffs and licks. Jason Hale has a lot of pick sweeps and solos. On songs like "Lexington. (Joey Pea-Pot with a Monkey Face)" and "Teeth The Size of Piano Keys." This CD is overall amazing! Even Matt Goddard, the bassist, has some cool bass riffs like in "Teeth The Size of Piano Keys." If I ever lose it or have it stolen, I'd definitely burn it again and possibly buy it.