Sound — 9
The band has drastically changed the technicality of their songs. Ryan Parrish's drums are better than ever with his use of the ride cymbals and long periods of double pedal. Kris Norris and the other guitarist(forget his name at the moment), unlike the other albums, play dual guitar solos in almost every song, ranging from slow, to sweep picking melodic solos. Devin Townshend has made a drastic improvement in the sound and production of Darkest Hour's newest attempt.
Lyrics — 10
The lyrics have to deal with the turning around of society's thought process. A good example would be the song Demon(s). The chorus goes as follows," And one of these days we'll no longer betray, ourselves in any way, we'll all fall the same way down". The choruses have gotten so much better since their last attempt Undoing Ruin. The singers scream has gotten a lot better, more understandable, and he also sings clean on some songs as well!
Overall Impression — 10
This album is by far the best metal album of the year, besides King Diamond's Give Me Your Soul... Please. Those are two totally different genres though. I basically love everything about this album, I have nothing to complain about it, definately worth the 10 bucks I spent on it. The best songs in my opinion are Doomsayer (this is the beginning of the end), Demon(s), A Paradox With Flies, and An Ethereal Drain.