Sound — 8
So the overall sound of this album is amazing. Some really catchy bass lines and melodies. The only thing that truly bothered me on this album was the sound of the snare. It is REALLY annoying. It sounds so electronic, and it really begins to become irritating after a few tracks. The solo's are clean, and pretty well played. And of course, what everyone is dying to hear... Ronnie Radke... And I have to say, he sounds better than ever on this album. He does slow down his growls on "Don't Mess With Ouija Boards" so that they sound deeper, but if anything, it sounds pretty cool. The overall sound was pretty good, and I recommend the tracks "Pick Up The Phone", "Caught Like A Fly", "The Westerner", "Tragic Magic", and "Good Girls Bad Guys".
Lyrics — 10
The lyrics are straight from the heart and I can assure you of this... Almost every song is a BIG f-you to Escape The Fate. Ronnie had a few years to let all of his anger and aggression boil. Take this lyric from "The Westerner": "I tell the truth. I've been beaten I've been bruised I was left for dead as well, I was wrongfully accused you left me locked inside a cell." And this one from "Tragic Magic", "I dug a hole 10 miles wide So I could throw all of you inside You're such a dumb f--k You need to shut up You bring a picture of me everytime you get a haircut Imposter!" The lyrics are amazing. Ronnie's voice is great, and everything flows so well. The lyrics are definitely one of the best things about this album.
Overall Impression — 9
I feel I should compare this to Escape The Fate. In fact, it only seems fitting that I do. And I will, because that's really the only other band Falling In Reverse SHOULD be compared to. And I have to say, this album is better than anything Escape The Fate has ever created, even their first with Ronnie, and that album is a classic. I love almost everything about this album: the breakdowns, the solos, the singing, the lyrics, the tone. But the sound of the snare is the only thing I hate about this album. I recommend that you pick up this CD, because if I lost my copy, I'd sure as hell buy a new one. This is for fans of old Escape The Fate, Black Tide, and Avenged Sevenfold.