Sound — 10
Something that In Flames is known for is changing their sound with each new album. Following that trend, this album sounds quite a bit different than any of their preceeding works. The songs on this album are all very good and although they may not be as traditional as some older death metal fans would prefer, you must realize that musical styles change over the years, and a band that has been going for over 10 years (such as In Flames) isn't "selling out" just because they change their sound. Nothing on this album is by any means "Nu-Metal"; it is strictly just a newer style of death metal (much better than most in my opinion).
Lyrics — 10
Anders sticks to his usual writing style and presents ingenious lyrics that take extremely deep thought to comprehend and sings them with more emotion than ever. Unlike most death metal bands, his voice changes quite a bit throughout a single song. He may be singing beautifully at one point and switch to a somewhat hostile rant, to an ear piercing scream, and of course a very low, overpowering growl at some points. It is the best work he has done yet and, considering that every work In Flames has produced is incredible, that is saying something.
Overall Impression — 10
Overall, this album is one of the best out there. Every song on it is an epic and every clip that was placed between certain tracks, sets up its upcomming song so beautifully that it could not go unntoticed. It is sure to please fans of any metal genre. In Flames is one of the best groups ever assebled and i would recomend all of their preceeding albums as well.