Sound — 10
This is one creative cd, with the worst recording possible. This is In Flames without Anders, and it's much better. The recording really screwed it up, but it is by far the best. It has the speed of The Jester Race (think Graveland), with the melodic and creative parts of Colony (think Embody the Envisible). Each song sounds totally different, the intros are all really cool, and most songs have at least one interlude, usually acoustic.
Lyrics — 10
These are slightly dark lyrics. I'm not a big fan of death metal lyrics, but these aren't bad, and of course it stays away from swearing/anything terribly vulgar. The lyrics do flow very well with the music, and I love it when the back up singer gets going (I'm not sure who it is). The singing is much more metal, but the words are quite distinguishable (not just anders f--king mumbling/yelling, where it sounds like he's trying to spit/sneeze/cough all at the same time.The voice is higher pitched which I don't like, but it's fine actually.
Overall Impression — 10
This is definetely worth buying. As I said before, it's the most creative, and the most metal, it just didn't have the budget for a recording like CC or STYE. I love the speed, and the riffs sound very european and melodic (I'm from Cali, so it's all punk/hyphe shit) I really just don't like the recording, it's very quiet and I have to turn it up when switching CDs. If I lost this CD I would buy it back in a heartbeat.