Sound — 10
Demon Hunter uses these awesome Peavey amps and Washburn guitars so they give a very nice tone and a mind-bending crunch sound to the distortion. It makes your ears want to bow down to the tone and belld by their own accord. There seems to be just as much of that on this album as on Triptych and Summer of Darkness. The drummer Yogi Watts is phenominal and has good feet. He makes those really cool blast beats that I especially remember being stressed in "Science Of Lies" even thought that is on Triptych. The classic DH sound is here to stay and the heavyness will never die. I really like the noise surpressions on the guitars because they give DH a really dark and somewhat mysterious sound.
Lyrics — 8
I know that DH is a christian metal band and I know the lyrics will have to comply with that fact. I don't believe in "God" but that fact doesn't really bother me that much. I try not to really listen to the lyrics because I like black metal more but the lyrics are quite mild. Ryan Clark is a very versatile vocalist almost like Mikael Akerfeldt. He has a very good growl and he does quite nice transistions from growling to normal singing. He can play guitar pretty good too so that only strengthens his musical ability.
Overall Impression — 8
I really don't think DH will outdo Triptych because that album was phenominal. It is like the Ghost Reveries of DH. If that is the case then this album is the Morningrise or Deliverance comparing it to Opeth. The best songs are Carry Me Down, Thorns, No Reason to Exist (if you got the special edition), and Lead us home. I would give this CD an easy 8/10 overall because I think DH might have overdone it with the mood a little bit. Plus they will never top Triptych.