Sound — 9
Human, an extremely fast, angry, but intelligent record. Let's start with the band. On their last album, Spiritual Healing, James Murphy was featured. But this album is made by an extreme metal supergroup. The Rhythm section featuring the daunting drum maneuvers of none other than Sean Reinart. This man's drumming is some of the most brutal I've heard, and very fitting with the songs. With Steve DiGorgio laying down basslines, you would expect to hear much creative bass-shredding in there, but unfortunately, the bass is not very prominent. But the daring duo of death metal master Chuck Schuldiner and Cynic-fret wizard Paul Masvidal provide all the extreme riffs needed for a great album, even a jazzy intro in "Lack Of Comprehension." I would have liked to hear more Masvidal solos, though Chuck's solos are always incredible. Now, the production is very dark and dense, with an underlying evil feeling lurking in there. Very brutal.
Lyrics — 10
The lyrics are further progressing into Chuck's searching of the flaws of the human nature. His vocals are throat-bleeding, grinding yells. Even the patterns of the lyrics are great, brutal but catchy enough to scream along to. I prefer his vocals on this album to his later higher vocals.
Overall Impression — 9
This is overall an incredible album. One of the most dark and aggressive I've heard. But one thing, all the songs seem like they have the same structure, but with interludes once in a while. It could be better if they changed it up a bit, and mixed in more bass. I would definitely buy it again if it was lost. I recommend it to any fan of metal.