Sound — 10
I've read Phil's interview on Revolver and apparently, he was going through some physical therapy and surgery for his back problems (which he faced while he was still in Pantera). The album itself was written by Phil, Keenan, and Windstien. Windstien brings Crowbar's chuggy riffs and downtuned playing into the songs. Keenan puts in the rhythmic styled guitars that are heard in his band Corrosion of Conformity. I have heard Phil's vocals change over the few Pantera albums, and in my opinion they have changed for the worse. His vocals on Reinventing the Steel was nothing compared to the ones on VDP and CBH, but this album changed all that. Phil's vocals on this album sounds fresh and as if he's back in his mid-late '20s again. The drums are fantastic as well and they keep the rhythm going pretty well. Overall, I think this is a really great album with some nice, catchy riffs and good vocals.
Lyrics — 10
The lyrics are more about regret, sorrow, anger, and more about their personal problems. It's a lot deeper than some of Phil's other works and it clearly shows all the troubles that he had to go through after Dimebag's death. The sound of the music matches perfectly with the lyrics. The low riffs brining out the negative view of the lyrics, while the faster parts and the solos expresses the anger. Phil's voice matches the lyrics very well with his screams and more melodic singing.
Overall Impression — 9
I'd say that this is one of the best albums that Phil has put out so far. Unlike Superjoint or Pantera, this entire album is more sludge and it definitely does feel slowed down. Those people who like both Crowbar and CoC will love this album. If it was stolen, I'd go and steal it back, then tell the guy that he has good taste in music.