Sound — 10
This album is pretty good. It has awesome guitar solos and you can tell how hard they worked at it so that it would sound so good. Looking at tabs for the guitar alone makes it seem difficult to play but these guys do it without a problem and they make it sound good. Stricken is the best song on here sound-wise because it has an awesome guitar solo and it flows without missing a beat. It also has an awesome beat to it. It is a little hardcore but still one of the greatest CD's ever.
Lyrics — 7
If you go by lyrics, this album is kinda bad. The lyrics are really hard to understand until you get used to their style. Other bands you get used to the style easily and you pretty much jump right in. With Disturbed you have to pay some attention to these songs to catch on. But all-in-all this is a good album.
Overall Impression — 9
Overall this is just about one of the greatest bands to listen to. Songs like 10,000 Fists, Stricken, Guarded, and Decadence make this an awesome album. The lyrics are hard but the sound is to good to pass up on. I can't compare it to their other albums because I haven't heard them, but I can compare it to other bands. Compareed to Linkin Park these guys are tied with them in terms of the impression I get from them. Compared to Slipknot these guys have a litle work to do before they reach that level. So in short, these guys aren't the best, but they are really close to it from my point of view.