Sound — 10
Someone told me that the guitar sound of this album is similar to a "ton of crack-crazed electric eels being dumped on your head" and I must agree with them. But don't be fooled into thinking that this is a Death Metal disc, because it's not. Far from it, in fact. The sound is traditional, classic heavy metal! In the vein of Pantera, Metallica or Maiden. If you think of Metallica's Master Of Puppets album recorded with Bruce Dickinson on LSD and Meshuggah's guitar sound, youre some way there. The excellent lead guitar playing of Jeff Loomis shines through on this album,as does Warrel Dane's distinctive vocal style, especially in the ballad "Tommorow Turned Into Yesterday". Loomis's solos are second to none.
Lyrics — 8
The lyrics are also brilliant on this album, very thoughtful, although undeniably bleak. There is a common theme running through the record, but you'll have to read them to figure it out, can you guess who the Enemies Of Reality are? The only complaint I have about them is occasional nastiness ("Heroes and rapists, they all have nice faces" from "Who Decides")and the occasional repeating of phrases and words, although the latter was probably deliberate.
Overall Impression — 10
This is a great album by a highly skilled and extremely underrated band, and will surely become an underground classic. Buy it. Now.