Sound — 9
During the year 2010, the band has suffered by loosing members, Austin Carlile(Screamer) and Jaxin Hall (Bassist). The band then recruited Jerry Roush (ex Sky Eats Airplain) as front man. Though this line up would not last as the band let go of Jerry and brought back orignal vocalist Austin Carlile. After this, the band spent time writing and recording their sophomore album "The Flood". "The Flood", released on June 14, 2011 is packed with aggressive screams, hardcore breakdowns, fast paced drumming, bass drops and unique singing. It has 11 songs but the physical copy has a hidden bonus track.
Lyrics — 8
The lyrics seem much more improved than their debut cd released last year. Austin has certainly improved in writing lyrics with this release. Overall the lyrics seem darker with Austin writing about how his life has been the past year.
"I don't really think
That you've ever walked a mile in my shoes.
I don't really think
That you know what I've been through.
What I've been through"
This small section is from the song "Ben Threw". Reading this, we can see Austin has gone through a lot this past year. He got kicked out of OM&M, had open heart surgery, ect. Many of the songs are deep and personal experiences. Anyone who listens to post-hardcore, metalcore knows Austin's screams are very unique and different from many other "screamers". Though his screams are unique, it really hasn't improved since their debut cd. Shayley's voice is great as usual and sound much like he did on the last cd or maybe even better in my opinion.
Overall Impression — 8
I like this CD very much but nothing new to hardcore genre. You can compare this band to many bands (musically) in the hardcore genre, but NO band in the genre has a scream like Austin and a voice like Shayley. This is what makes the band stand out. But they really haven't brought anything new about the songs structure as the band has pretty simple riffs and goes breakdown after breakdown like many bands in this overly saturated genre. If this CD was lost I would definitly buy another because I really enjoyed it.