Sound — 8
The overal sound of this album has changed dramatically since that of 'Dear Diary,' it covers a much wider range of styes but industrial rock/metal seems to be the best overall description. However the vocals of Sonny Moore remain the cornerstone of the bands distinctive sound along with buzzsaw like guitars and driving drums. I would place The levy, Afterbirth and World War me as the standout tracks on an instrumental level, however it is not without its flaws as quite often the overall sound is muddied by uneven guitar levels and in certain songs the production is threadbare to say the least. However this is a young band who were clearly determined to push their creative boundaries on this album and credit is indeed due. Sonny Moore has clearly improved his vocal range and while personally i find his voice to be a defineing feature of the band its quality is often disputed by critics and fans alike.
Lyrics — 7
Sonny has without a doubt improved his vocal ability since the days of FFTL debut 'Dear Diary.' In some songs such as the Levy and World War Me it is clear that Sonny alone is carrying the song. Overall the lyrics are your typical emo fare but fans may finf it harder to relate to to that of 'Dear Diary' i deals more with the effect the past 3 years had on Sonny and the pressures of fame and modern life more than the formers more accesible themes of love and death.
Overall Impression — 9
Overall i enjoyed this album and would definatly reccomend it for anybody into industrial rock. The closest comparison i can make soundwise is its a ratio of 2.1 between sonic youth and NIN. Waltz Moore, World War Me and Heroine are the standout tracks from the album as they boast the best lyrical quality, production and colective sound but everybody who listens to Heroine will relate to each track in a different manner.