Sound — 9
There are essentially two "sounds" you're going to hear on this record. First there's the emo-tinged metalcore ballads, and then there's the absolutely insane grindcore/hardcore thrashers. Naturally, I prefer the latter, but I'm not complaining about a single song. All the tunes are punishing and in-your-face, and a much-needed break from the radio-friendly metalcore that's getting dangerously close to a fad.
Lyrics — 8
The lyrics are definitley a strong point, despite the typical theme of a lost love/girl etc. However, Ligeia builds on the cliche with extremely intelligent vocabulary and beautiful song structure. Also lots of gore/violent themes about the fantasies of revenge against a former love (i.e. Rape, Knives Through Eyes, Guns To Heads). Vocalist(s) have an extremely versetile scream and are not afraid to include singing as well. Vocals are also well mixed, not always center channel and make use of layering.
Overall Impression — 9
Definitley a necessary album to listen to if you're tired of the modern hardcore/metalcore scene. Has it's own distinct sound. All of the songs are standout in their own way. Just beware of those few ballad-y songs, they can get irritating. If you can get past those, you should be fine.