Sound — 3
I wasn't all that impressed. It sounds like they're trying to incorporate dubstep into their sound. I gave it a 3 - only because of Maria's voice and "Scarlet" was pretty good. I'm still a fan of the band, but this will be the album I pull out once every 2 years or less.
Lyrics — 5
Well, I was too distracted by their pseudo-dubstep to pay much attention. I caught myself singing songs by other artists while listening to the album, that's how unimpressed I was. Although, credit where credit is due: Maria's vocals are good as always. She put in a solid performance that I was unfortunately not able to follow due to the (and sorry that I'm repeating myself so much) dubstep.
Overall Impression — 4
This is destined to be either the album that killed their career, or the album they try to distance themselves from. I really like "Scarlet", the intro ("Rise With Me") is kinda cool and "Adrenelize" is alright, although a bit too much like just about everything else they play on Octane (XM radio).