Sound — 10
Daath has a nice new sound, guitars come out clean, drums sound good and pound hard, the vocals come out nice and crisp, this is a very nice album as far as sound production goes. Whoever they got to produce it did one hell of a job with it. Great production equals great experence while playing it, everything comes out clean and fresh through your speakers. It makes one hope they sound this good live.
Lyrics — 9
The lyrics are interesting, Daath is apparently exploring the "tree of life concept", or was it "tree of death"? maybe one of each, with their music. Now granted, their lyrics are good and will make you think at times. Their work being influenced by the mystical topics such Da'at and Kabbalah, give a good reason to listen. Their vocalist growls some good points that will make you want to take another listen.
Overall Impression — 10
Daath / The Hinderers Overall, this is a very good album, produced clean with blistering riffs and a vocalist that sounds like a combination of Randall Blythe and Tim Lambesis leaves the listiner wanting more. 01. Subterfuge-Not a bad song, but not great. It just seems forced to me, like they were pressed to write one quickly to round off the album. Usually skip this one. 3/5 02. From The Blind-Much better song then the first one, delivered nicely with some good stuff in it. Usually just let it play through it. 4/5 03. Cosmic Forge-This song has a cool intro but goes down hill from there, once again it feels like it was forced. 3/5 04. Sightless-Good song with some good riffs and good vocals. 4/5 05. Under A Somber Sign-I don't know why but I hate this song, it just doesn't feel right to me, i personally think they should have left this one off. 2/5 06. Ovum-Great song, blistering riffs punding drums, this is what it's all about baby. 5/5 07. Festival Mass Soulform-This is another great song delivered superbly with great clean production. 5/5 08. Above Lucium-One of my favorites, this is an amazing song, with shredding riffs and pounding drums and vocals to make you want to crawl under your bed and call for your mommy. The lyrics are also awesome and will make pump your fist and sing along. In a word, Superb. 6/5 09. Who Will Take The Blame?-Another Great song, well delivered and well conceived. 5/5 10. War Born(Tri-Adverserenade)-Another Great Song Will probably cause some major mosh pits in a crowd. 5/5 11. Dead On The Dance Floor-Great song to play at a party as techno, then watch the faces of your friends as it slowly goes ultra heavy and the lead singer begins to "sceam-rap". 5/5 12. Blessed Through Misery-Another great song, one to get your horns up. 5/5 13. The Hinderers-This song is probaly my favorite from the album, a great song to end it off with. 6/5 This is a very solid release, a great debut album with a solid release and sure to gather a great following. I can't wait to see these guys live, it ought to be a great experence. If they keep putting out great albums like this they're sure to be around quite a while.