Sound — 10
I think personally that Demon Hunter pushes their sound further. When playing their songs at my church I love how the fellow youth rock out while the older people look like they are going to have a heartattack escpecially Storm The Gates of Hell. That song is just brutal from beginning to end. One thing I thought was interesting about this record when watching the DVD was that they used a lap steel on this record which to my knowledge is the only time a lap steel is used in a metal album. I think that whether you are a christian or not you can relate to most of the songs because he is speaking of real issues and they are not afraid to tell you what they believe and I find that to be absolutely awesome and the Guitars are unbelieveably brutal in the hard songs and soothing in the ballads. the drums and the bass just make you feel the aggresion of the song.
Lyrics — 10
The lyrics of this record are just so awesome and touching. I could tell you what every song means but to save time I will tell you go to BandsOnFire.com and they have the lyrics for all their records with what each song is about as told by Ryan Clark the lead singer. I feel that Ryan Clark is one of the best vocalist I have ever heard. The fact that he uses some emails that his band gets to come up with ideas for songs tells me that he wants to help his fans which is awesome because he shows he cares for those that care about him and his music from a fan stand point. If you listen to this album and still say "Well I don't know they may not be Christians." Then you are not really paying attention to the symbolisim in the music and the references that really anybody I think would get reference to God or Jesus.
Overall Impression — 8
This album is my favorite album that I own because I have emotional connections with a lot of these songs because I can relate to the cutting as I used to do that and the sense that I'm an outcast that he talks about in Follow The Wolves I relate to because I'm the oddball. The most impressive songs on the album would be Grand Finale, Fading Away, and Carry Me Down. I love the fact that this album really is so aggressive from beginning to finish but at the samee time when you hit the ballads it's like you're riding in a train and crash into a brick wall but then you start to get into the message of the ballads and you just blow through that feeling.