Sound — 10
This is such a fesh sounding record. The riffage is quite frankly remarkable for a guiartist so young. A mix of monster effects and some superb playing make his style instantly different. The drumming powerful and has some great fills that are remarkable for a person this young. The bassist should also get a mention for some awesome riffs.
Lyrics — 9
The Lyrics have a very definate 1st album feel, with some corkers ("Wounds," "Underdose," "Mosaic" and "Her Mash") and a couple of slight stinkers ("Firefly" and "Trenches"). The singing is quite impressive, hitting a wide range of notes, including falsetoes and screaming as well as each other.
Overall Impression — 10
I shall now review the album song by song. 01. Underdose - a riffage spectacular and awesome lyrics give a good indicator of what the rest of the album. 02. Firefly - the drumming in this song is explosive and wonderful, the riffs are also very good. Shame the lyrics let the song down though. 03. Wounds - one of the highlights on all accounts, some vicious riffs on guitar and bass, also classy drumming and brilliant singing. 04. Lava Twilight - a vicious riff, possibly this band at their heaviest and a simple but awesome guitar solo. 05. Natural - the haunting whisper of "I know" plus that killer synth opening plus some awesome singing, lots of variety in this song alone with some great high notes and some unbeliveable screams. 06. Her Mask - this is the epic of the album. Slow, haunting riffs sink into the the mind like a slow working poison. 07. Energy - this is not the best song but has the awesome beginning riff that redemes the whole song. 08. Crushed Like Friut - another set of crushing riffs that make moshing at an INME show worthwhile, but this also have some cracking vocals and very good lyrics too. 09. Icewarm - another slow haunting track, with poisonous riffs and awesome lyrics. This band seem to be at thier best when slowed down. The Bassist in particular should also get a mention. 10. Trenches - a little bit uneccesary and really not very good. 11. Neptune - truly stupid lyrics "This is way forward, you are the way back ward. I chose the way forward and left you all behind." But the riffage and the drumming is fabulous. The Slide before the last chorus is the highlight 12. Mosaic - the stunning riff, angry lyrics and even angrier sounding vocals and a head busting guitar solo make this the album highlight, this band work best when they write slow songs but this speed freak is remarkable in that it leaves the listener gagging for more even while it is playing. Overall I am going to give this album a 10, not because it is on the level of "Showbiz" or "Permission To Land" in terms of British debuts but it has got a key figure that many bands miss, the ability to stay around for a very long time.