Sound — 8
Like all the previous albums the sound is great, only this time the production seems to be like a million times better sounding. They've never sounded so heavy, the dynamic changes alone at times are a little startling. But having said that, it does follow very closely to pretty much what they did for White Pony.
Lyrics — 8
As usual your wondering what the hell did that line have to do with ANYTHING. Still, most the time it's probably not meant to mean anything that remarkable, which is a charming idea in itself. Some absolute killer lines which will only mean anything you when you hear it with the music rather than reading it on paper. But, once again, ole Chino is doing the same things lyrically as he has all the previous albums.
Overall Impression — 8
It is by far their best album, but not by THAT much. Think of it as a more polished [if that was possible] White Pony album. Better riffs, better over all timbre,heavier guitars and some great vocal processings. Oh yeh theres also some cool ass sampling, as usual you could say. If you never liked their previous stuff you should probably just stay away here too,though I do find it hard to believe that at least one song wouldnt suit ya.