Sound — 9
The sound on the album is amazing. The way the album opens up with 'Keeping the Blade', and then cuts into 'Always and Never' is fantastic. The string instruments on 'Keeping The Blade' give a nice calm, collective intro to the album, and then they build up towards the end, leading into the next song. Whilst the album maintains an alternative rock style, you can clearly hear the metal influence of bands like Iron Maiden on tracks such as 'Welcome Home' and 'Ten Speed'.
Lyrics — 9
The lyrics on the album are fantastic. As ever, they are based on the Amory Wars, and have science fiction related themes. The lyrics fit the music perfectly, and the timing between the lyrics and music in some songs is fantastic. As always, Claudio's voice is amazing, with a huge array of vocal keys on the album.
Overall Impression — 9
My overall impression of this album is that it is fantastic. I was never really into Coheed and Cambria, but when on a school trip, I saw the album on sale for 5 and thought it would be worth a listen. I definately made the right choice with it. The album has convinced me that I need to buy some of their older material. The best thing about the album, for me, is the relation between the vocals and guitar parts. They blend perfectly, and are well balanced. Good work Coheed, with a fantastic album.