Sound — 7
What I first noticed about this album is that the guitar somewhat sounded different. I looked up about what the band members said before hand, and I found out that they decided to use less distortion on their guitars. In my opinion, I don't like it much. I always think more distortion is more aggressive. But somehow, they've managed to make this one pretty damn aggressive. One thing I have to mention is that this is the album they've used clean guitar the most so far. They use it on The Passing, Grace and Reclamation. Mark and Willie gave themselves a break on creativity for this album, but Chris really made it up for them. I say this because they decided to do every song with the most standard structure (intro-verse-chorus-verse-interlude-chorus). But Chris really took advantage of this. With all the experience he gets from playing over and over again live, he got to meet his abilities and was able to develop them, and I'm sure he gave his best for Wrath. On John's side, he did a really nice job. You can easily tell that listening to Dead Seeds and Fake Messiah. I noticed that the bass guitar is a little louder than in other albums. Randy's got only positive critics from me. His screaming voice is just better than ever. He now includes a chorusy scream, which can be heard in Set to Fail. Sounds so Old School, but at the same time makes you want to scream with him and just start jumping around. I would really like to describe every song, but that just eliminates the fun of actually listening to the album.
Lyrics — 9
I never appreciated or even listened much to the lyrics of any song really, so for the lyrics review I'm going to use Axl Rosenberg's review, found on metalsucks.net, which I think it's better than my forced review: Randy Blythe's lyrics are, at this point, both pretty much predictable and clich, his delivery is powerful enough to make it all work. The lines Black liquid assets/Fuck the mujahideen/Paint their picket fences red/With the American dream may be kinda silly, but Blythe's natural cadences - the way the words roll of his tongue - have an awful lot of oomph behind them. There's also at least one song - seven minute album closer Reclamation - that does truly, absolutely kick ass, and stands up with the band's best work (Meanwhile, two b-sides, We Die Alone and Shoulder of Your God, are actually superior to several of the songs that made the final cut. Why these tracks didn't make it onto the album proper is yet another of Wrath's many head scratchers.)
Overall Impression — 6
After hearing the first single they released (Set to Fail), I appeared to me that their new sound resembled a little bit to that of Metallica's. Mark and Willlie created a new sound, but with Classic all written on it. What I'm talking about is Everything to Nothing, more specifically. What I really loved about this album is the awesome breakdowns that come with every song. And I mean every song. I consider the best breakdown the one in In Your Words. Oh, and they also included an intro! Shame it's an intro lost in hope. I was disappointed with the new disposition of the guitar riffs on this album. After you finish listening to it, you kind of keep waiting for more, but are left with your hands empty. Maybe they're preparing us for the next boom, which I hope I'd be in the next year.