Sound — 9
This album is definatly an improvement from their previous releases. Band has left their pop(ish) and emo influences from their music in this album and everyone is better in their instruments. While Dying Is Your Latest Fashion got the kids enjoy about their music, it didn't needed that much skill in the This War Is Ours album and especially this new self-titled album. In this album, Escape The Fate's sound is darker. Even old fans won't stop dissing their new music, it's actually pretty good. Like the previous album, album has many genres like metalcore and hard rock, while little piece of old post-hardcore and Mtley-ish glam metal. Album opens with Choose Your Fate, pretty mych just instrumental what is supposed to choose your fate, listen or not. Then comes Massacre, where drums and beat is totally ripped in the beginning from Bring Me The Horizon, but is still an OK song. Next is Issues, the worst song of the album. Really weird that this is first single but listenable song overall. Then comes very weird songs, Zombie Dance and Gorgeous Nightmare, which are pretty catchy songs but too short. City Of Sin is next, telling a drinking story of Craig Mabbitt in Sin City. Too short but screaming saves it. Highlight of the album, Day Of Wreckoning is perfect song: Cool riff, lot of screaming, melodic and well written chorus and good breakdown. This is what they need to do in future. Lost In Darkness is dark song where lyrics challenges the old Escape The Fate. Prepare Your Weapon is heavy, enough long, good song. It keeps the album good. World Around Me is so much better than Harder Than You Know, challenges the old Mtley Cre's ballads, very mature. Another higlight, final part of Guillotine series, The Aftermath, Awesome guitar, good screams, chorus maybe too soft but it's ok. Money shows in this song that he is one of the best new guitarists. In the deluxe, Liars And Monsters is too good to be in just Deluxe Edition, The Final Blow reminds me about their old style, but not that good song.
Lyrics — 7
Craig Mabbitt's lyrics was best in Blessthefall and The Word Alive, but sucked in This War Is Ours. In self-titled, they're ok and good in Lost In Darkness, Day Of Wreckoning, Liars And Monsters and World Around Me. Mabbitt has improved also in vocals now, still can sing high, but most of time he's using his good rocker voice. Alot better than before.
Overall Impression — 9
Bryan ''Monte'' Money and Craig Mabbitt has made really good album. (They wrote almost the whole album) Waiting for them realize they're too good (especially Money) for Escape The Fate. They need to start a new band with better drummer and make rock back to the top. Album is best in their discography.