Sound — 10
Well, this is the Deathstars 3rd album, and their sound is still the signature Deathstars sound, yet it has progressed, more refined, thought-out structure. Not to mention heavier riffs, with the light almost haunting keys. The band is heavily into a gothic scene, but also combines a glam rock atmosphere to their image and sound. According to them, they belong in a genre identified as "death glam." It's industrial, mixed with goth, and some techno influences, yet still has enough awesome guitar riffs to keep you entertained.
Lyrics — 9
The lyrics overall are decent. Sometimes, I wished they would have solidified a topic in each song, instead of jumping through a couple in one song, but overall, they are still decent lyrics. The delivery is standard Deathstars, and is still an amazing delivery between, lighter rasping screams, and a booming low registered singing voice. The singer, Whiplasher Bernadotte, has an amazing vocal range in reality, though, by only listening to a couple of songs, many wouldn't be able to tell, as he doesn't always push to reach both ends of his range. But his style and approach work extremely well for the band, and have helped set them apart from other bands.
Overall Impression — 10
This album is a sure and solid progression from "Synthetic Generation" and "Termination Bliss." Though it still will sound the same to a lot of people, there is a progression of sorts. Some of the most impressive songs on this album are: "Night Electric Night" "Mark of the Gun" "Arclight" and "Opium." I love the sound of this album. It has been described as heavy and meaty, yet light and fluffy too, which is without a doubt, true. The guitar riffs are heavy and the voice is booming and haunting, while the keys at an atmosphere which seems to contrast the dark riffs, but rather, in the end, enhance them. I ordered the Gold Edition of the album, and I would definitely buy this one again, if it was lost.